Climate warming won’t stop winter deaths

Climate change is unlikely to offer relief from winter related deaths in England. Past research has connected excess winter deaths directly with the effect of cold winter days, and therefore expected that warmer winters due to climate change would decrease deaths.

However Philip Staddon and colleagues at University of Exeter have found that variations in winter temperature only effected changes in winter deaths until the mid 1970s.

The reductions in excess winter deaths in England and Wales can instead be attributed to housing quality, heating costs and flu activity.

Read more at University of Exeter