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Spiked – Climate alarmism is the real threat to public health

September 9, 2021

By Paul Homewood



h/t Robin Guenier




So climate change is now a ‘health emergency’ is it?

That was certainly the message from US president Joe Biden last week, after he launched the Office of Climate Change and Health Equity. It will reportedly explore how a warming, changing climate poses an immediate, existential threat to people’s health. As Gina McCarthy, the White House national climate-change adviser, put it: ‘Climate change is fundamentally a health threat.’

Then, almost right on cue, more than 200 health journals announced that they, too, believe that climate change should be understood principally as a health threat. This argument will be outlined in a shared editorial demanding world leaders take emergency action on climate change and protect health.

Read the full story here.

The only issue I have with Tim’s article is that he accepts higher temperatures may lead to more deaths. He should have explained that cold causes more deaths than heat.

  1. Broadlands permalink
    September 9, 2021 3:56 pm

    Once again…more scary stories about our future but with no viable, realistic solutions offered or discussed. Even the plan to keep carbon in the ground by lowering emissions to zero will take no CO2 from the atmosphere. And even if it did it would have zero impact on the global warming of less than one degree C to date.

  2. Mal Fraser permalink
    September 9, 2021 4:19 pm

    Sadly it will be quite some time before the glaciers return and rumble over Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and the residents trudge south to become illegal immigrants in a Country known as England. Only then will the scottish greens and indies realise the deniers were right!
    By then we’ll be carbon free and unhealthily poor. The whole shambles is caused by the media being too thick to separate climate from environment, two wholly different entities, one we can’t affect and one we can and are destroying.

    • John Hultquist permalink
      September 9, 2021 4:40 pm

      From the web:
      The highest point in Scotland (also the highest in the United Kingdom) is Ben Nevis, standing at 1345 metres (4413 ft.).
      The highest point in Wales is Snowdon (1085 metres : 3560 ft.).
      The highest point in England is Scafell Pike (978 metres : 3208 ft.).

      I suspect ice will form on these high places first, and then rumble downhill. Smart “deniers” will leave early, searching for a less crowded safer place than southern England.

      At that time the ocean surface will be falling and Doggerland will reappear.
      I wonder if this will be a new country of immigrants or part of ol’England?

  3. John Hultquist permalink
    September 9, 2021 4:27 pm

    Yes, I agree the article could have been better, as Paul suggests.
    _ _ _
    This is the first exposure for me of Spiked on-line magazine: . . .
    The Wikipedia entry is interesting — “The magazine was founded in 2000 after the bankruptcy of its predecessor, the Revolutionary Communist Party’s Living Marxism (LM).”
    Also, “Spiked is edited by Brendan O’Neill,[11] who self identifies as a Libertarian Marxist,”

    Tim Black holds a PhD in english from the University of Sussex, so it is “Dr. Tim”

    Can others comment on Spiked and Dr. Tim, and other articles and writers thereon?
    Is this source worthe following on a regualr basis?
    One only has a certain amount of screen time before eyesight blurs.

    • Captain Flint permalink
      September 9, 2021 4:46 pm


      Spiked is worth reading. The general orientation of articles is centre/right. Mostly common sense, non-woke, evidence-preferring stuff.

      I would thoroughly recommend – the brutally precise analysis and thoroughly anti renewable and anti climate alarm writing is entertaining and educational. The commenters add a tremendous amount of value as well. Very US in perspective and very anti the woke left. Our own Paul Homewood is referenced on occasion as well so what’s not to like?!

      • John Hultquist permalink
        September 10, 2021 1:47 am

        Thanks Capt.

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      September 9, 2021 5:07 pm

      Spiked is well worth your time

    • Mack permalink
      September 9, 2021 8:02 pm

      John, echoing the comments above, Spiked is well worth a regular perusal. Have particularly enjoyed Ben Pile’s regular anti-climate cult contributions of late. He’s always good value, particularly as his articles aren’t locked behind a pay wall!

      • Luc Ozade permalink
        September 11, 2021 7:33 pm

        I agree Mack. I constantly read Spiked and used to be surprised at how many articles were in alignment with my own views! Now, I take it for granted.

        Brendan O’Neill is one of my favourite columnists.

  4. September 9, 2021 4:41 pm

    Could the danger to health enthusiasts name diagnostic terms of some ill-health conditions caused by AGE, perhaps heat stroke, hyperpyrexia, hyperhidrosis, or whatever, with consequential deaths ?
    Have these happened yet so as to justify a notion or state of climate emergency?

    I didn’t think so, but am, unlike AGW fans, willing to listen!

  5. September 9, 2021 5:21 pm

    As Gina McCarthy, the White House national climate-change adviser, put it: ‘Climate change is fundamentally a health threat.’

    Pretending the climate itself can be managed by politicians, or anyone else, is an empty box. Managing its perceived consequences is a separate issue.

  6. September 9, 2021 7:43 pm

    “The only issue I have with Tim’s article is that he accepts higher temperatures may lead to more deaths. He should have explained that cold causes more deaths than heat.”

    Please, do not trap skeptics into an indefensible position. ‘Higher temperatures will lead to more deaths’ is just as true as ‘the climate has changed’, and it won’t matter at this point to the other side that cold deaths are higher than heat deaths if you are wrong on heat deaths.

    The indisputable fact is that high heat causes death, and higher heat will cause more death:

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      September 9, 2021 8:02 pm

      An overall increase in global temperature will certainly mean an increase in the number of deaths from hotter heatwaves — always assuming the heatwaves are hotter and/or more prolonged.
      At the same time time deaths from cold (much greater in number worldwide) will decrease, probably (though obviously not certainly), by a greater number than the increase in the deaths from heat.
      At the same time it is easier to take precautions and adapt to a marginal increase in maxima by installation of air-conditioning (for example). Unless, of course, we have succeeded in our aim of pricing the electricity needed to power such devices out of the reach of the most vulnerable.
      I’m not sure what relevance ‘delta’ has to your chart.

      • September 9, 2021 9:16 pm

        Your precautions would make a big difference especially among the poorer populations in the US south

        The CV19 numbers were dwindling to zero in the US in June, then came “Delta”. The term “Delta variant” is a rhetorical device used to inspire fear and compliance to the vaccination agenda, because it can be shown that the claimed viral cause of most cases & deaths during the summer were properly attributed to high UV Index and heat index illnesses.

        1) the solar minimum forced a tropical temperature reduction as it did during at least the last seven solar cycles

        2) causing record cloudless conditions that drove higher land insolation as measured by UV Index all across the tropic-subtropical zone

        3) driving heat index higher, heat that spread north in the NH

        4) whereby vulnerable people were made ill or killed by it.

        The most severe effects in the US south produced these relationships:

        In 2021 most of the tropical countries experienced a spike in numbers this summer during the high UVI/heat index conditions. In the US as of today most of the 58 stations on the EPA UVI list have “Delta” cases/deaths curves that start and decline at the same time in July, following the number of days of high UVI above 10:

        There is a bimodal seasonality to the CV19 numbers, peaking in January, consistent with historical cold waves and cold/flu/pneumonia outbreaks. Temperature and weather extremes are the danger zones for public health, which I contend are natural.

        There is so much data in support of this that I cannot believe the rhetoric.

    • September 9, 2021 9:10 pm

      It is well established that cold causes more deaths than heat.

      There may be well be more deaths from heat as temperatures rise, but there will be many less deaths from cold

      • September 9, 2021 9:45 pm

        Paul, I believe you that cold causes more deaths than heat, and I wasn’t telling you you were wrong about that. But since temperatures have already risen, and deaths during the cold this year were higher by far than the summer deaths and from previous recent winters, I’m not sure we can actually expect fewer cold deaths, at least not every year on a consistent basis if the climate continues to warm.

        Several instances of higher flu deaths occurred during/after solar minimums, the Spanish Flu, the Swine Flu, or when the tropical temperatures were low, such as during the 2017/18 flu season

        I believe climatological, meteorological, and environmental (CME) influences have not gone away in lieu of just a single source virus that miraculously managed to eliminate the cold, flu, and pneumonia in one season.

    • September 10, 2021 7:45 am

      I have no idea of the data but what occurs to me is as the population increases in number then deaths will also increase, all else being equal? If you apply population numbers to the total numbers what is the percentage who die as opposed to the number who die and has that changed?

  7. Gamecock permalink
    September 9, 2021 10:16 pm

    With the Left, the issue is never the issue. This “people’s health” schtick stems from people’s current concern with health. The Left is trying to piggyback their issue on other issues. In fact, their care about health or climate change is the extent to which they can exploit people’s concerns. They really are that trashy.

    The gun control freaks in the US frequently float the idea that gun violence (sic) is a ‘health’ issue.

  8. tom0mason permalink
    September 9, 2021 11:44 pm

    COP 26 and the hysteria of the rich and powerful and their MSM emotional manipulators come to the fore. This hysteria affects the ignorant middle classes as they are more easily swayed by emotional pleading and authority figures.
    The remedy for climate anxiety is knowledge. Knowledge of climate history and empirical based research . The hysteria is maintained by the use of ‘climate models’. Models built from wild assumptions and unverified approximations, models that have been adjusted and cherry-picked to give alarming outcomes.
    So stand away from the climate models for they only offer some virtual planet’s climate, a climate NOT typical of this world.

  9. September 10, 2021 6:20 pm

    The alarmism is certainly causing damage to many people’s mental health.

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