Chart Of The Day

Oct 31 2012 @ 1:22pm

Weather_Deaths

Dylan Matthews tallied weather-related fatalities:

As Wonkblog’s Brad Plumer explained in a Monday post, it’s hard to attribute single weather events to climate change. But clearly something is causing the across-the-board rise in weather-related deaths, and global climate change, which worsens hurricanes and promotes heat waves and tornadoes, may be a prime culprit.

Fallows sees parallels between the global warming debate and the smoking causes cancer debate:

Of course no one can prove that this storm was "caused by" climate change and global warming. But the increasingly frequent occurrence of "unusual," "extreme," and "once per century" weather events — heat, cold, drought, flood — is in keeping with all warnings about the effects of climate change (as explained here). I'm not arguing the entire climate change case now, and don't have special standing to do so anyway. I am saying that this reminds me of the mounting evidence about smoking and health, when I was a kid — the medical conventions my father went to in the early 1960s were full of smokers, those a decade later had practically no smokers — or about environmentalism generally in the 'Silent Spring' era. Denialism continues, until all of a sudden it is irrelevant.