Two hundred people, most of them elderly, will die in Britain of cold-related diseases every day this winter, according to calculations by Britain\’s leading advocacy group for old people, Age UK.
\”The fact that these \’excess\’ deaths occur in winter makes it clear that they are due directly to cold,\” the organisation\’s research manager, Philip Rossall, said. \”And the fact that other, colder countries have lower excess winter deaths means that there is no reason that they are not preventable.\”
Age UK\’s special adviser for policy, Mervyn Kohler, asked: \”Why is this not a national scandal?\” There were 26,156 excess winter deaths during 2009-10, with figures for 2010-11 to be published next month. \”There is no reason to suppose that the worsening trend will not continue,\” said Kohler.
If you deliberately push up fuel prices to save Gaia then you\’ll be killing some poor people through the higher fuel prices.