Climate Health Impacts for Dummies

There are important things to say about the NZ Royal Society’s deceptive and alarmist report on human health impacts from climate change, released last month.

The eight-page report sets out the strongest available case for New Zealanders to be fearful of dangerous anthropogenic global warming (DAGW). But we don’t find the case at all strong or at all scary – so we hope everybody will read and understand it.

The first problem with the report is reading it: the Royal Society tries hard to put you to sleep. Honestly, it’s barely readable – boring, sanctimonious and padded with repetition. There’s a single paragraph on potential health benefits and the rest is unrestrained pessimism. Dangers proliferate, pleasant weather disappears and it’s all our fault. It is naked bias given free rein, has nothing to do with objective science, and it is hard going.

So the Climate Conversation Group has read and digested this report so that you don’t have to. We’ve put together a four-page summary that’s much easier to read but leaves nothing out. I call it the “Summary for Policymakers” but I prefer “Climate Health Impacts for Dummies”.

Whatever you call it, you can be confident that all the essential forecasts and evidence are retained. Please look it over, then we can talk about it. These are riches for a long and penetrating dialogue!


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