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Carbon Diary: BBC (Better Balance on Climate)

01 Feb 2010, by in Environment

Three climate change deniers have now graced the BBC’s Question Time panel in recent weeks. The latest (28 January) was Nigel (Lord) Lawson. Lately they’ve also had Melanie Phillips and David Davies. The BBC’s QT website tells us Lawson is “founder and chairman of the Global Warming Policy Foundation and is a well-known climate change sceptic.”

“Copenhagen will fail – and quite right too”, he said when his Foundation was launched. This would be funny if it wasn’t serious. Check out his Foundation’s website, trashing the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

For the last 20 years, one IPCC report after another has been responsible for a relentless outpouring of doomsday predictions…On issues such as the possible affect of global warming on malaria, human health or national economies, IPCC authors habitually prefer to cite alarmist papers while research findings that come to less gloomy conclusions are often disregarded.

This is what the IPCC science actually says on health impacts of climate change:

Health is central to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and to sustainable development…. Evidence has grown that climate change already contributes to the global burden of disease and premature deaths. ..[it] plays an important role in the spatial and temporal distribution of malaria, dengue, tick-borne diseases, cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases … The effects are unequally distributed, and are particularly severe in countries with already high disease burdens, such as sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

The effects of climate change will not be restricted to its impacts on the human right to life; they will also impact on the human right to health. This is Simon Caney’s contribution to a challenging new study, Human Rights and Climate Change (ed. Stephen Humphreys).   He cites the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights, 1976: HR2 – the human right to health: all persons have a human right that other people do not act so as to create serious threats to their health.

Perhaps this won’t bother Lawson’s fellow QT panelist, Douglas Murray, who last week called for the abolition of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. But then he’s director of the think tank, Centre for Social Cohesion!

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