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Met Office To Save The World (Again)

July 7, 2016

By Paul Homewood  




From the Met Office:

The impacts of extreme weather and climate change on health and well-being is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st Century.


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The Met Office in Exeter was the venue for the conference.


For the first time the Met Office, supported by The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and World Health Organization (WHO), organised an international workshop exploring how meteorological and health organisations, together with other sectors, could address up and coming challenges which cross national borders.

Adverse weather and climate conditions exacerbate some of the most significant health challenges including disease, air pollution and food production. Whether a disease is passed through the air, water or carried by insects, the impacts of climate and extreme weather can increase the risk.



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Opening the workshop, Professor Dame Julia Slingo, Chief Scientist at the Met Office (pictured above) and recipient of this year’s IMO Prize, said: “Addressing the health impacts of climate variability and climate change is really the great gap that has not received adequate attention in the past, but these will be big issues for us all to contend with in a changing world.

“The Met Office already provides health services, such as pollen, air quality and UV forecasts – supporting the natural hazard partnership – and provides support to the health research community. But on an international scale, there is so much more which needs to be done, with much greater global reach.”

Attended by over 50 experts, discussions specifically focused on issues of: health risks, natural hazards impacts; the complexity of global climate risk scenarios; and how to build capacity for climate and health in developing countries.

Following a disaster the impacts on health can be overwhelming. For effective recovery and rehabilitation there needs to be an understanding and awareness of health problems and delivery of effective preventative measures.

Yolanda Clewlow, the Met Office’s health development manager, said: “Given the passion demonstrated by the group on this topic to work toward mitigating the impacts of weather and climate on health, we hope this will be a significant step towards greater collaboration with health organisations to help address some of the significant health priorities.

“There was agreement among participants that the Met Office already has strong existing capabilities that enable it to become a leading global partner in this area and, as a result of this event, the Met Office will look to new partnerships, as well as the strengthening of existing relationships, to help implement some of the key actions that emerged from these discussions.”


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Amidst all of the preening and back slapping, nobody has actually managed to tell us just what these supposed dangers to health are.

Perhaps instead of saving the world, the Met Office should concentrate on trying to forecast the weather a few weeks ahead. Such action might have actually saved a lot of real, and not imaginary, lives in the recent European floods.

  1. roger permalink
    July 7, 2016 3:12 pm

    Correctly forecasting for the fashion seasons might have saved M&S from an 8% over order of stock this spring.
    It is to be hoped that the fashion buyer has not doubled down on the M O hot summer forecast or the company will be in real trouble.
    M&S shorts anyone?😃

  2. July 7, 2016 3:39 pm

    Another massive waste of tax-payers’ money. Who decides to waste our money on this stupidity? Whoever it is should be given his/her P45.

  3. July 7, 2016 4:00 pm

    The greatest impact on “health and well-being” is the left constantly lying, teaching this nonsense and turning the population into helpless, victim snowflakes.

    • TonyM permalink
      July 7, 2016 4:31 pm

      That’s a great analysis! Too bad for the MET that the actual data shows that weather is no more extreme now than in the past. In fact, the insurance companies have reported that claims for weather related damages have decreased over the past few years. The MET will also be surprised to learn that the climate is always changing. Since significantly more people die from cold weather than hot weather, some reports say 20 times more, the MET ought to start pumping more CO2 into the atmosphere to save us.

  4. Reasonable Skeptic permalink
    July 7, 2016 4:49 pm

    Saving the world is a tough job. I am glad these people are doing it for us all. Maybe they will get a film made starring Leonado Dicaprio.

    On my side of thing, I am saving my family today by doing my job, paying the bills and putting food on the table. Who will star for me in my film? I was told recently that I look like an older Justin Beiber, without the tattoos.

    Just pokin’ fun at these folks and hoping to put a smile on somebody’s face.

  5. July 7, 2016 4:51 pm

    “Big issues”+”global reach” = give us your money, or else.

  6. Coeur de Lion permalink
    July 7, 2016 4:58 pm

    After seafaring for some 60 years,I’m a great supporter of the Met Office and was worried about its reputation becoming degraded by their climate change website – full of alarmist and unsupported facts – viz sea level rise accelerating etc. So I wrote politely to Dame Julia suggesting she checks it out. But I have had no reply.

  7. July 7, 2016 5:15 pm

    Some resources regarding estimates of health impacts from climate change.

    Economists Francesco Boselloa, Roberto Roson and Richard Tol crunched the numbers and concluded that one degree of global warming will, on balance, save more than 800,000 lives annually by 2050.

    NIPCC has a thorough chapter on Human Health and Climate

    Figure 11.
    Key Findings: Human Health
    • Warmer temperatures lead to a decrease in temperature-related mortality, including deaths associated with cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and strokes. The evidence of this benefit comes from research conducted in every major country of the world.

    • In the United States the average person who died because of cold temperature exposure lost in excess of 10 years of potential life, whereas the average person who died because of hot temperature exposure likely lost no more than a few days or weeks of life.

    • In the U.S., some 4,600 deaths are delayed each year as people move from cold northeastern states to warm southwestern states. Between 3 and 7% of the gains in longevity experienced over the past three decades was due simply to people moving to warmer states.

    • Cold-related deaths are far more numerous than heat-related deaths in the United States, Europe, and almost all countries outside the tropics. Coronary and cerebral thrombosis account for about half of all cold-related mortality.

    • Global warming is reducing the incidence of cardiovascular diseases related to low temperatures and wintry weather by a much greater degree than it increases the incidence of cardiovascular diseases associated with high temperatures and summer heat waves.

    • A large body of scientific examination and research contradict the claim that malaria will expand across the globe and intensify as a result of CO2 -induced warming.

    • Concerns over large increases in vector-borne diseases such as dengue as a result of rising temperatures are unfounded and unsupported by the scientific literature, as climatic indices are poor predictors for dengue disease.

    • While temperature and climate largely determine the geographical distribution of ticks, they are not among the significant factors determining the incidence of tick-borne diseases.

    • The ongoing rise in the air’s CO 2 content is not only raising the productivity of Earth’s common food plants but also significantly increasing the quantity and potency of the many healthpromoting substances found in their tissues, which are the ultimate sources of sustenance for essentially all animals and humans.

    • Atmospheric CO 2 enrichment positively impacts the production of numerous health-promoting substances found in medicinal or “health food” plants, and this phenomenon may have contributed to the increase in human life span that has occurred over the past century or so.

    • There is little reason to expect any significant CO 2 -induced increases in human-health-harming substances produced by plants as atmospheric CO 2 levels continue to rise.

    Source: Chapter 7. “Human Health,” Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts
    (Chicago, IL: The Heartland Institute, 2014).

    • July 7, 2016 6:53 pm

      Question: Is the move to shift alarm onto health impacts another repositioning in case cooler weather ensues bringing damages to health? That would be consistent with talk of extreme weather events in advance of a return to 1950’s temperatures and weather.

    • July 7, 2016 9:33 pm

      Answer: More likely the Met Office is just being topical:

      French Environment Minister Segolene Royal (L) and Spain’s Queen Letizia walk during the opening of the 2nd Global Conference on Health and Climate on July 7, 2016 in Paris

  8. July 7, 2016 6:17 pm

    Slingo is a con-artist.
    She should be charged with !” misconduct in a public office”
    The woman is a disgrace, even by “Climate Science” standards.

  9. July 7, 2016 6:24 pm

    The MetO will never solve the climate whodunnit as long as they keep pointing the finger at the wrong suspect.

  10. A C Osborn permalink
    July 7, 2016 6:47 pm

    Paul, what do you mean by this “Perhaps instead of saving the world, the Met Office should concentrate on trying to forecast the weather a few weeks ahead.”
    We had the Wales Air Show last weekend, so I was very interested in our local weather.
    According to the BBC Website, which reflects the Met one, the 5 day forecast changed every day for Saturday & Sunday, in fact Saturday actually changed between 8:00am Saturday morning and 11:00am Saturday morning.
    So I think they need to improve their 1,2,3,4 & 5 day forecasts before moving on to “a few weeks ahead”

  11. THX1138 permalink
    July 7, 2016 11:21 pm

    Are these people aware that they are perpetrating fraud, or are they just useful idiots for those such as the “Club of Rome”?

    Also, the (((gobblists))) are actually taking away natural herbal medicines from the people, you know, the medicines which actually work, and don’t kill people when properly administered? These people aren’t trying to protect public health whatsoever, in fact, quite the opposite.

    • July 7, 2016 11:29 pm

      As shown above, these are the hip, high-society, blue bloods doing their charity work. “Oh, you can’t be one of those horrid climate deniers, can you darling? How could anyone be against saving the planet? Oh look, there’s Lennie, let’s go say hello.”

  12. catweazle666 permalink
    July 8, 2016 12:05 am

    “Adverse weather and climate conditions exacerbate some of the most significant health challenges”


    Try these:

    Mortality risk attributable to high and low ambient temperature: a multicountry observational study

    The scandal of Britain’s fuel poverty deaths

    Thousands of people die each winter in the UK as a result of being unable to heat their homes. Are we doing enough to help them?

  13. lapogus permalink
    July 8, 2016 5:29 am

    Lomborg’s quote seems apposite here:

    “We live in a world where one in six deaths are caused by easily curable infectious diseases; one in eight deaths stem from air pollution, mostly from cooking indoors with dung and twigs; and billions of people live in abject poverty, with no electricity and little food. We ought never to have entertained the notion that the world’s greatest challenge could be to reduce temperature rises in our generation by a fraction of a degree.” – Bjorn Lomborg.


    Shame on Slingo and her delusional yesmen in the UKMO.

    • CheshireRed permalink
      July 8, 2016 10:45 am

      Put like that the entire ‘climate change’ industry should be shamed into obsolescence.

  14. July 8, 2016 8:08 am

    “Perhaps instead of saving the world, the Met Office should concentrate on trying to forecast the weather a few weeks ahead. ‘”

    Heavens! You mean that these people should actually be doing their jobs?

  15. Alan permalink
    July 8, 2016 9:45 am

    Oh, so the Met office is supposed to predict the weather?
    I thought Met stood for Manufacturing Environmental Tripe.

    • Bitter& Twisted permalink
      July 8, 2016 2:12 pm

      Brilliant, Alan I will use your new MET orifice description in all future posts.

  16. July 10, 2016 2:30 am

    “The impacts of extreme weather and climate change on health and well-being is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st Century.”

    For them, certainly. It will require large numbers of well-paid, highly intelligent people to sell that big a load of bunk to the general public. Hence the need for a big tax hike to cover the costs.

  17. Graham permalink
    July 19, 2016 2:39 pm

    What is the Met Office trying to prove here, less of the scaremongering and do what your suppose to do. Its now plainly obvious that the Met Office of today is far to politically blinkered in its belief of gloom and doom that I’m so glad after a career of nearly 40 years in the organisation I now longer work for them. as we all know the climate has been changing since the year dot and just supposing the human race was wiped out, planet earth would heal and repair far quicker naturally with out us here messing things up!!

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