Climate Change Will Lead to 5 Million Deaths by 2020

Approximately 5 million people will die over the next ten years due to climate change. They are currently dying at a pace of 350,000 per year, and that rate will increase to one million fatalities per year by 2030, according to a new study published by humanitarian research organziation DARA in conjunction with  the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a group of vulnerable countries.

That is a huge improvement over 1931, when several  million people died in a single flood.

h/t to Marc Morano

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17 Responses to Climate Change Will Lead to 5 Million Deaths by 2020

  1. TinyCO2 says:

    Why does anybody take these sorts of organisations and their reports seriously? Dara make no attempt to explain how they arrive at their figures, which is a clear indication they’ve pulled the numbers out of their…

  2. Mike Davis says:

    With 6.5 Billion people a conservative guess is that 500 million people are born and die each year and the birth rate will be a bit higher to allow for a growing population but yet the death rate from natural causes will out weigh deaths from climate. Of course these people want everyone to think they are talking about warming climate when cold weather causes many times the deaths of warm climate. They just keep regurgitating the same BS.
    Properly selected even natural deaths can be attributed to the Horror Du Jour.

  3. suyts says:

    Geez, so much to say about such a little article. Was it the knife to the heart? Or the sudden drowning? Or the starvation that killed him? Nope none of the above! It was climate change wat done it! New box to check for coroners world wide! Forget 5,000,000 , show me 1 death attributable to climate change.

    But I suppose we can use their logic, and re-frame the claim that makes sense. Reality will lead to over 5 million deaths because of inane policies and laws in Quixotic quest. (See costs of fuel, dying Brits, ethanol lowering food availability, impoverishment of the working class, exacerbation of economic difficulties, etc.)

  4. Paul H says:

    The frustrating thing is that DARA seem to do a lot of worthwhile work on real humanitarian causes resulting from natural disasters like earthquakes and the Asian Tsunami.

    There have always been droughts, floods and all sorts of climatic nasties. It is a pity DARA can’t concentrate their efforts on these real problems.

  5. Steve Koch says:

    I heard that 5 gazillion people were going to die because of global warming.

    What is so strange is that so many people move to warmer climates (eg: Florida) when they get older.

    • Mike Davis says:

      Old age brings senility and they do not realize the danger they are putting themselves into by moving to warmer climates.
      Del Webb Communities built Sun City outside of Phoenix Arizona to lure unsuspecting seniors to the horrors of warmer climates. There are those misguided ones known as snow birds that move north when that region warms and move south to warmer regions when the north cools off.
      I guess they are not listening to the Climatologist consensus of peer reviewed research!

  6. MostlyHarmless says:

    Deaths in summer are due to climate change.
    Deaths in winter are due to weather.

    Simple really.

  7. mkelly says:

    – Dynamic winter-storm systems driven by the rapidly warming Arctic have plunged much of Europe into killer cold weather for the second year in a row, months after a summer of record heat and precipitation. Up to 30 people have frozen to death in Poland, and thirty more were killed in the rest of Europe.

    The above was copied from the blog LGF. The writer is trying to tell us the earth is burning up as proof people are freezing to death.

    • Anything is possible says:

      mkelly says:
      December 6, 2010 at 9:29 pm

      “Up to 30 people have frozen to death in Poland, and thirty more were killed in the rest of Europe.”


      That’s 60 accounted for..


      “They are currently dying at a pace of 350,000 per year,”

      What about the other 349,940?

  8. Al Gored says:


    A good source for the endless ‘warnings’ (including this one) and all the fun at Cancun from a state-sponsored propaganda site:

    Has a slightly different self-serving twist than the US and European state-sponsored propaganda sites and has much more extensive coverage.

    On that site this article was headlined ‘Cancun data highlights global warming,’ and you have already commented on this “data.”

    China is, of course, concerned first and foremost with the children and the polar bears but if they have to accept cash as part of their noble mission, they are willing to make that sacrifice as they have a lot of coal-fired power plants to pay for.

  9. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Guess what one of the Global Warming warriors is using her private jet to fly to Australia, then will make the whole Harbour bridge light up with a big “O”

  10. Andy Weiss says:


    You have a good point. I guess every 90 year old in Florida who collapses and dies while out in the sun will be considered a global warming death.

    We all have to die sometime. Why not as an AGW statistic!

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