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We need to watch out for subtle but deadly aspects of climate change

Catastrophic events put the climate in the spotlight, but there are more subtle effects that also require attention, he says Hannah Cloke

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October 14, 2020

Some climate crises are big, loud, and obvious: think of hurricanes, typhoons, floods, and forest fires. But there are also other climate crises that are often overlooked. These are quieter and more insidious, and we often don't recognize them properly.

Take the example when the UK's National Statistics Bureau reported that by the second week of August, Covid-19 deaths were at their lowest weekly level in five months. Amid a multitude of coronavirus statistics, statisticians wanted to point out, presumably to avoid panic, that the surge in deaths that was occurring meant that …