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Red Cross Accused Of Unethical Practices

November 20, 2020

By Paul Homewood



London, 20 November: A new report from the Red Cross, which alleges a 35% increase in the number of climate and weather-related disasters since 1990, was today slammed for misleading the public.

According to GWPF director, Dr Benny Peiser, climate-related disasters have actually declined by 15% in the last 20 years.

UN data shows that “climate-related” disasters have declined over the past 20 years (2000-2019)

The authors of the Red Cross report have used the EM-DAT dataset which shows a significant decline in climate-related disasters since 2000. It is generally acknowledged that the dataset is unreliable before 2000. In fact, the Red Cross’s own report documents a pronounced  decline in climate and weather-related disasters since that time, so they have grossly misled the public,” Dr Peiser said.

Figure 1.1 shows significant decline in climate and weather related disasters since 2000. World Disasters Report ‘Come Heat or High Water’, Geneva 2020

Any credible assessment of the link between global warming and natural disasters should also highlight the remarkable decline in the number of people dying from climate disasters, showing a sharp and continuing decline in the last 100 years, despite the rise in global temperatures.

Global annual number of deaths from natural disasters by decade. Source Our World in Data

This is the second major report that has led to allegations of deception. Just six weeks ago the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) was publicly humiliated when its report was accused of using the same unethical tricks to make claims of increasing climate disasters.

Remarkably, UNDRR is one of the sponsoring organisations of the Red Cross report.

This is another intercontinental shambles” said Dr Peiser.

The Red Cross should withdraw its report or face accusations of using unethical practices to mislead the public.”


The report, World Disasters Report 2020: Come Heat or High Water is published by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Geneva, 2020.

  1. November 20, 2020 3:20 pm

    The Red Cross has joined the climate ambulance chasers.

  2. Mad Mike permalink
    November 20, 2020 3:52 pm

    This primarily about the Government’s handling of the science when dealing with CV19 but it could equally well be about CC

    • Tim C permalink
      November 21, 2020 6:58 am

      Same playbook, different scientists

    • Tim C permalink
      November 21, 2020 7:02 am

      Claiming a belief in global warming/climate change/climate emergency is guaranteed way to have millions doled out, no questions asked

  3. November 20, 2020 4:05 pm

    Several decades ago, it was said that during a disaster, the Salvation Army was down in the trenches helping people, but the Red Cross was standing on the top selling coffee. It is now even worse.

    • November 22, 2020 3:25 pm

      Almost everyone I knew who served in the US Military in WWII despised the Red Cross for their actions during the war.

      We also had some unethical conduct with fundraising and support after Katrina.

      One of my Boy Scouts put together a Red Cross blood collection for a service project. He got about 50 people. The Red Cross management complained about the number of people and the 13 year old kid working his tail off to get the drive set up.

      The group is not high in my esteem.

      • November 23, 2020 11:56 am

        The money goes in, but do you ever see it come out???? I think they are one huge money laundering scam….

      • November 23, 2020 12:12 pm

        During Katrina, I donated to the Salvation Army, the national veterinarian association and CBN’s Operation Blessing. CBN was running 18-wheeler refrigerator trucks to New Orleans where they hooked up with the Salvation Army cook trucks and served as refrigerators. The rig returned for another truck and it was swapped out with the empty one.

        A week and a half after Katrina, I drove to New Orleans with the daughter of a friend from church who had fled leaving her 5 kitties (2 new born kittens) behind. Kim was distraught over having to abandon them and I told her I would take her to get them. And we did. The set up for pet rescues in the LSU animal show grounds outside Baton Rouge was amazing with people and vets from all over the country. But we ended up going in a caravan behind a deputy sheriff into downtown New Orleans early in the morning. My Ford Freestar van was the perfect vehicle with the back seats out and a dog cage. We left Baton Rouge ca. noon on the Sunday with 4 kitties (# 5 was found later and brought up to VA where Kim got him). When we were headed north we called my brother in Knoxville and said we would be in at 10 that night. The next day we came up to Morgantown, WV with 2 tired women and 4 kitties. It was quite the adventure.

  4. MrGrimNasty permalink
    November 20, 2020 4:07 pm

    Heller has shredded this too, added some weather disastrous years 1926/7 for balance!

  5. JBW permalink
    November 20, 2020 4:27 pm

    I seem to recall a sketch on TV – TWTWTW? in which a spoof news report was reporting on a massive disaster set to totally destroy the world with fire and ended up with punch line that “The red cross were calling for more blankets”

  6. Harry Davidson permalink
    November 20, 2020 5:22 pm

    “Unethical practices”? Is that the same as “terminological inexactitude”, “economical with the truth” and all the other polite synonyms of lying?

  7. P. Dean permalink
    November 20, 2020 7:16 pm

    It is interesting to search the Red Cross report for heat waves, or its opposite cold waves. There is mortality data in the tables on pages 357-9 for the year 2019. There are only 3 entries for heatwaves; these are recorded only for Western Europe, surprisingly, there is no other data for the rest of the world!
    In the 3 summer heatwaves of 2019 there were a total of 3,453 heat-attributed deaths in Western Europe. Excess deaths for summer 2019 in England were 892 (UK official data).
    The report lists only 1 cold wave event: October 2019 – 50 people died in Bangladesh. This can be compared with deaths in England during the winter 2018-19; there were 21,900 excess deaths (UK official data).
    The Red Cross report is entitled ‘Come Heat or High Water’, it seems to me that we are dealing with very small numbers of deaths from high summer temperatures considered as a natural hazzard. Excess winter deaths, on the other hand, are much more of a problem. If excess winter deaths were included as a category, it would be the number one hazard in that table of mortality. The exclusion of data for winter deaths in Western Europe is unforgivable and seems to me to be an example of cherry picking of the worst kind. Of couse, winter deaths don’t chime with the meme of ‘Come Heat or High Water’.

    • Harry Davidson permalink
      November 21, 2020 10:35 am

      Excellent point.

  8. Steve Singleton permalink
    November 20, 2020 10:31 pm

    Shared this with a close conservative friend who is with the American Red Cross (since service in South Vietnam supporting our troops there). She is on the same page as myself regarding the Climate Change hoax and most things political, and did point out to me that this article is from the International Federation of Red Cross and the Red Crescent (during which I was familiar during service in several countries in the Middle East).

  9. Mack permalink
    November 20, 2020 11:30 pm

    In my younger days, I was a big supporter of the charity Cafod. They used to do a lot of really good work on the ground in a noble cause in many of the world’s worst disaster and impoverished areas, I’m sure a fair few of their noble workers in the field continue to do great works. However, like many charities, they now seem to have been overtaken by a quasi-Marxist leadership whose primary concern seems to be changing governmental structures and not providing essential relief to the vulnerable under their ‘supposed’ watch. I was first alerted to the ‘charity scam’ when I met a young lady who was employed by the RNIB in their ‘marketing’ department. She was on almost £45k per year 20 years ago. What’s that all about? The majority of charities now seem to be a business and they rely on charity porn adverts to enrich themselves and con a naive public into feathering their nests whilst chucking the odd few bob at causes that reinforce their justification for existing. It’s a very sad state of affairs.

  10. Stonyground permalink
    November 21, 2020 8:08 am

    “…the remarkable decline in the number of people dying from climate disasters, showing a sharp and continuing decline in the last 100 years, despite the rise in global temperatures.”

    Despite? Should it possibly have read due to the rise in global temperatures? Warmer weather is more benign generally.

  11. David permalink
    November 21, 2020 4:58 pm

    One of the worst is the RSPB. They employ over 600 people in their Sandy headquarters. Has anybody ever heard them draw attention to the bird carnage caused by the millions of domestic cats? No, it would decimate the legacies they are left by cat owners and how would they continue to pay their peoples’ salaries?

  12. November 22, 2020 1:23 am

    Interesting discussion in the comments. With thanks to the commenters.

  13. Coeur de Lion permalink
    November 22, 2020 10:09 pm

    Watch midday Thursday for zero wind climate disaster. Only saying

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