Warming help for Brummies

Pulse, the UK's leading medical weekly publication for GPs and other primary care professionals has reported Why global warming will save 912 lives in Birmingham. The story which flies against concerns over global warming focuses on a study focusing on the direct effects of temperature on the West Midlands population.

The study was undertaken by Paul Fisher, an environmental public health scientist with the Health Protection Agency, looked at analysing temperature population death rates and climate change projections for the West Midlands.

His study, focusing on the direct effects of temperature, estimates that by the 2020s death rates in the region could drop by 0.3 per cent in winter and by 0.8 per cent in the summer - which combined should mean a fall in the total number of deaths in the West Midlands of about 255 a year. http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=23&storycode=4123644&c=2#

The results of the study suggest that by 2080 the West Midlands will record 912 fewer deaths directly linked to temperature. The findings though are for the West Midlands and cannot be applied wider than the West Midlands.


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