Thursday, January 25, 2007

Is There Anything Horrible That Global Warming Doesn't Cause?

I wasn't going to repost this from LGF (who hat tips nonic), but now I have to:

John Mitchell, chief scientist at Britain’s Met Office, noted al Qaeda had already listed environmental damage among its litany of grievances against the United States.

“You have destroyed nature with your industrial waste and gases more than any other nation in history. Despite this, you refuse to sign the Kyoto agreement so that you can secure the profit of your greedy companies and industries,” al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden wrote in a 2002 “letter to the American people.”

In other words, this London conference on climate change is asserting that one of the root causes of terrorism is global warming.

I post that story, because of this one, where a study in Italy claims to show a link between global warming and suicide rates:
The global increase in surface temperature (known as global warming) was found to impact on mortality through ill health, particularly among the elderly and in summer. This study sets out to explore the impact of global warming on suicide mortality, using data from Italy.

For males, increasing anomalies in monthly average temperatures associated to a higher monthly suicide mean from May to August and, to a lower extent, in November and December. In January, on the other hand, increasing anomalies in monthly average temperatures appeared to be coupled to a lower number of suicides. For females, the links between temperature and suicides are less consistent than for males, and sometimes have a reverse sign, too.
Wow, all of that, and the polar bears are drowning! We need Kyoto!

I like seals more - so I guess I support warming the globe.