Saturday, February 18, 2012

Global Warming - Fact or Fiction? (Part 2)

74 die over past two weeks from cold weather in Romania
February 15, 2012 — Bucharest, Romania (Reuters) Seventy four have died in Romania over the past two weeks in relation to the country's cold weather, according to the Romanian Ministry of Health.
Many European countries were affected by a severe cold snap over the past weeks, with the lowest temperatures falling to minus 30 degrees Celsius.
Romania, which has not experienced the worst of the cold, has nevertheless been caught unprepared. The country has the highest instance of cold-related deaths. Most of the victims have been homeless Romanians, who have frozen outside.
An inadequate social security system is considered as the main reason for the deaths. Nearly half of Romania's population lives below the poverty line.
And the tragedy comes at a time when Romanians have protested the government's recent austerity measures, which are further hurting social funding.
The most serious protests since President Traian Basescu came to power in 2004 were sparked by the resignation of prestigious public health official Dr. Raed Arafat earlier this month in protest against a new healthcare bill.
The protests turned against the government's austerity measures and unpopular policies, demanding the government and the prime minister to step down.
Romania's then-prime minister, Emil Boc, heeded the protests and stepped down. A new prime minister, former director of the Foreign Intelligence Service Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, was approved by parliament on Feb. 11.
Recent opinion surveys show that government approval has fallen below 20 percent as the country suffers during one of the worst winters in memory and the economy is in decline.
Many say that political instability is delaying the delivery of aid during this crucial time.
Beyond the unstable state of the country, poverty is also being cited as a reason for the deaths, as nearly half of country's population live below the poverty line.
Also See:
Global Warming - Fact or Fiction?
(Part 1)
07 May 2007
Cap and Trade Carbon Emissions Bill, Global Warming - Who Benefits?
07 July 2009
04 November 2009
Global cooling: Global warming myth-makers must now switch to "climate change"
16 January 2010
Carbon Tax & the Global Warming Hoax
18 June 2010
Biodiversity Replaces Climate Change as the Weapon for Political Control
22 October 2010
Climategate II: Liers Are Still Pushing Global Warming!
04 November 2011