This is nothing new, but a recent report highlights possible benefits from a warming planet. The most positive side effect could be fewer human deaths due to extreme temperatures.
It has long been reported in the United States that cold temperatures cause more human deaths than extreme heat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reports average loss of life in the U.S. each year due to natural cold was 689 between the years of 1979 - 2002. The average human loss from a more recent time average was 569 each year.
Listed below are more headlines released from the Nongovernmental International Panel of Climate Change (NIPCC):
1. Atmospheric carbon dioxide is natural and not a pollutant
2. There is little risk of increasing food insecurity due to global warming or rising atmospheric CO2 levels.
3. Rising temperatures and CO2 levels do not pose a significant threat to aquatic life.
4. A modest warming of the planet will result in a net reduction of human mortality from temperature-related events.
You can read more at the NIPCC website: climatechangereconsidered.org/
On a personal note, I find it interesting that more and more groups now acknowledge that our planet is indeed in a warming cycle. The debate seems to be solely on the reason for increasing temperatures. Some believe warming to be man-made, others contend the Earth is simply in a natural cycle. Even the strongest scientific research and correlation is difficult to conclude without doubt.
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