WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As many as 60,000 people a year die from too much sun, mostly from malignant skin cancer, the World Health Organization reported on Wednesday.
Radiation from the sun also causes often serious sunburn, skin aging, eye cataracts, pterygium -- a fleshy growth on the surface of the eye, cold sores and other ills, according to the report, the first to detail the global effects of sun exposure.
I like that last phrase: "the first to detail the global effects of sun exposure." As if the sun hasn't been causing sunburn for millennia without benefit of a report.
Here's what I had to say on the subject in the Appleton Post-Crescent, 31-Jul-2006:
I was reminded of erstwhile Vice President Gore's movie when I read the Reuters news story about the World Health Organization report detailing the annual world-wide deaths from various sun exposure-related causes. In other words, as many as 60,000 people a year die from too much sun: skin cancer, heat stroke, etc.
This made me think of Mr. Gore because I'll bet that global warming apologists grind their teeth every time they see a news article that emphasizes the deleterious effects of too much sun.
While tens of thousands die from cumulative exposure to the sun, the global warming johnnies are trying to convince us that the entire earth is heading for wrack and ruin in jig time all because of a 0.6- to 1.0-degree increase in average temperature over the last century.
If the furor over global warming finally fizzles out, the global warmists — not ones to miss a trick — can start new careers with the government writing regulations requiring federally-approved sun block, hats, and child-safety screens to prevent skin cancer from solar radiation. It'll be for our own good — and it's for the children.