Monday, February 09, 2009

We're All Going To Die: Part XXVII

We've hit a new low in global warming reportage. Here is the latest:

Last year, an anxious, depressed 17-year-old boy was admitted to the psychiatric unit at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. He was refusing to drink water. Worried about drought related to climate change, the young man was convinced that if he drank, millions of people would die. The Australian doctors wrote the case up as the first known instance of "climate change delusion."

In a temperature controlled world, the reporter might take pause at the word "delusion." But this is a warming world (any and all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding), and in such a world Emily Anthes instead chooses to do her part to create more delusion. Some examples:

*Climate change is expected to create about 200 million environmental refugees by 2050, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...

*Indeed, climate change may eventually deplete natural resources, make it more difficult for people to live off the land, and disrupt the global food supply.

*On the other side of the globe, the changing Arctic climate is expected to make hunting and fishing far more difficult for the people who live there. The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment says that such changes threaten Inuit culture, and that increases in domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicide may result.

Not coincidentally, the cure for climate change delusion is the same as the cure for global warming:

In the long term, we may also derive some psychological benefit from banding together with other citizens to mitigate the effects of global warming.

What a coincidence!

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