A study in the UK claims global warming saves lives. According to the BBC, annual cold-weather mortality fell by 3 percent between 1971-2003 as winters became more mild. And, apparently, we’ve become more adaptable to rising temperatures, thanks more to our willingness to wear more informal clothes, rather than a physiological change.
However, there’s a 1 in 40 chance that a heat wave in southern England by 2012 will kill 3,000 people immediately, and another 3,000 over the course of a summer. The researchers, however, see this is a trade-off for the 20,000 per year who die from the effects of cold weather.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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