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Weather Kills, Climate Doesn't

200,000 elderly at risk in sub-zero Scotland - Scotsman.com News
As satellite images taken over Scotland yesterday showed a country in the grip of a total whiteout, experts warned the problems will only get worse if forecasts are proved correct and the severe cold spell continues into next week.
The heavy snows which have caused school and road closures throughout the country were forecast to subside today, but attempts to get Scotland moving again are likely to be thwarted by freezing temperatures.
Fuel retailers said supplies of petrol and diesel were running dangerously low while grocery shoppers were confronted with rows of empty shelves as stores struggled to get access to fresh supplies of staples such as bread and milk.
3,000 older people die every year in Scotland in the winter months because of the cold conditions, and that the figure could be higher this year if more is not done to protect the elderly during the current freeze, which has seen temperatures plummet as low as -20C in some parts of Scotland.

Thank goodness Climate Change is the number one priority for the Scottish Parliament.

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What I laugh about is that an inch of snow in the south and its front page news and everyone is off work. Scotland gets snowed in for months and everybody just carries on as normal and normally it doesn't get a mention.

"3,000 older people die every year in Scotland in the winter months because of the cold conditions, and that the figure could be higher this year if more is not done to protect the elderly during the current freeze, which has seen temperatures plummet as low as -20C in some parts of Scotland."

Cripes, the rough annual estimate for hypothermia from all causes here in Canada is about 8,000 - this includes the aged but also drunks who fall asleep in the snow, boaters who go overboard, people who get lost in the bush and so forth.

And Canada has a population of nearly 34 million.

Scotland has just over five million people and they estimate 3,000 elderly deaths? Proportionately, the Canadian equivalent would be over 20,000 elderly deaths a year due to cold.

The words "stunning incompetence and criminal negligence" come to mind.

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