Fact-check to climate denialism of politicians

  • Climate change comes earlier and stronger than anticipated. There is unanimity in the scientific community and there is plenty of evidence. However, some politicians continue to doubt or deny its existence.

We review here some statements that falsify the reality about climate change and its consequences.

“No one has died from this either & rdquor;

The Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) published a thread on Twitter shortly after the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, denied in January 2020 on Cadena Ser the impact of pollution on the health of the inhabitants from the capital and said that Madrid is one of the longevity cities in the world.

“An international study confirms the relationship between contamination and the risk of mortality. An analysis in 652 cities shows a higher risk of mortality after exposure to even small concentrations of urban air pollution & rdquor;, the CSIC reminded him.

Echoing an article in The Guardian, the organism added that “the fine particles present in polluted air enter the human body through the lungs and affect our health in different ways: in the brain, the heart, the liver. , the placenta and practically all the organs & rdquor ;.

“If the planet warms a little, it will reduce deaths from cold & rdquor;

The Vox deputy in Congress Francisco Jose Contreras he pronounced the phrase in the commission of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge where he said he did not see any “problem & rdquor; in the fact that the temperature of the planet rises 2.6 degrees in the next century. He paradoxically supported his argument by citing The Lancet, British medical journal that is one of 200 signatories to an editorial demanding urgent action from leaders meeting in Glasgow to limit the rise in global temperature.

The same magazine estimates that in 2019 more than 356,000 people died from extreme heat, a figure that will increase in the coming years if no action is taken. In Spain, during the summer of 2020 there were 1,875 deaths attributable to excess heat, according to the Institute of Health Carlos III

“Being told to the men and women of the western world that we are to blame for climate change is something that cannot be proven & rdquor;

In a video posted on the Vox website in 2020, the leader of the far-right formation, Santiago Abascal, reproduced a classic argument of denialism by doubting that the main responsible for climate deregulation is man. The entire scientific community considers it proven that the phenomenon is real and is caused by human activity. This is witnessed a UN study: “The human being has published in August 2021 entitled slowing the planet to a level never seen in the last 2000 years & rdquor ;. There it is stated that” greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are responsible for global warming by 1.1 ° Celsius from the period 1850-1900 to the present & rdquor ;.

“All predictions made by the climate lobby have failed to date & rdquor;

More than forty years ago, the so-called Charney Report – the first detailed study on the effects of carbon dioxide on climate change – predicted that if emissions doubled, the planet would suffer an increase of between 2 and 3 degrees in temperature. Subsequent research supported his predictions.

However, in September 2020 Mireia Borrás, spokesperson for Vox in the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge commission in Congress, considered the forecast of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Climate Change (IPCC) to be exaggerated – without citing dates. – which spoke of a rise of 0.3 degrees per decade. In April 2021, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) certified a world temperature 1.2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial reference levels.

“Warnings that oil or gas will run out send millions of people around the world into poverty & rdquor;

In 2019, former president José María Aznar complained that “you cannot be threatening the apocalypse every day on account of climate change & rdquor ;. That same year, the United Nations rapporteur for extreme poverty, Philip Alston, warned of the risk of “climate apartheid & rdquor; in a report that estimates 120 million people who may be below the poverty line in 2030. Only in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America there will be about 140 million displaced due to global warming in 2050.

According to the World Bank, with 2 ° C degrees of warming, between 100 and 400 million more people will be at risk of starvation and between 1 and 2 billion will no longer have enough water. Climate change could cause global crop yield losses of 30% by 2080 even taking steps to adapt.

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