Ranking Global Warming According to Present Day Risks to Health

Wattsupwiththat – Is Climate Change the Defining Challenge of Our Age ?

Risk factor Ranking Mortality (millions) Mortality (%)
Blood pressure 1 7.1 12.8
Cholesterol 2 4.4 7.9
Underweight (hunger) 3 3.7 6.7
Low fruit & vegetables 4 2.7 4.9
Overweight 5 2.6 4.6
Unsafe water, poor sanitation 6 1.7 3.1
Indoor smoke 7 1.6 2.9
Malaria 1.1 2.0
Iron deficiency 8 0.8 1.5
Urban air pollution 9 0.8 1.4
Zinc deficiency 10 0.8 1.4
Vitamin A deficiency 11 0.8 1.4
Lead exposure 12 0.2 0.4
Climate change 13 0.2 0.3
Subtotal 27.6 49.4
TOTAL from all causes 55.8 100.0

Priority ranking of food, nutritional and environmental problems, based on global mortality for 2000. Source: I.M. Goklany, Is Climate Change the “Defining Challenge of Our Age”? Energy & Environment 20(3): 279-302 (2009), based on data from the World Health Organization. Note that malaria isn’t ranked in this table because deaths due to malaria were attributed by WHO to climate change, underweight, and zinc and vitamin A deficiencies.

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