What do you do when not enough people die to suit your religion? Distort the axis and hope no one notices.

Welcome to government-science, where one of top journals in the world uses graphic design tricks for political convenience. In this graph from the paper, 10 excess deaths from the heat looks "bigger" than 50 excess deaths from cold. Isn't the whole point of a graph so we can compare the bars "at a glance"?

Björn Lomborg corrected this with chart on right. Doesn't that tell a different story?

Thanks to Patrick Moore @EcoSenseNow:

The journal Lancet published the chart on left with unequal Y-Axis to downplay fact that cold causes 10X more deaths than heat in Europe. ...This is disgraceful for a supposedly scientific journal.
Heat / Cold Graph
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Björn Lomborg's version shows us exactly how important heat deaths are. It's no small thing. The news outlets are filled with heatwave porn trying to scare people about normal weather, while politicians try to justify spending billions to "cool" the world. These graphs hide the crime — increasing the cost of energy will kill far more than mythical cooling could ever save.

This is symbolic of the state of Science today: distorted by government funding until the point of it disappears.

The Lancet is the world's highest impact medical journal. It was founded in 1823, so it's their 200th anniversary year, yet despite that, they thought they'd risk their reputation anyway...

What, exactly, did the peer reviewers think? Presumably they told themselves it was the only way to show the detail of the age groups on the heat deaths side.

Here's a close up of the scale. Note the break marked on the far right:

Scale break
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We discussed this paper on the blog a week or two ago: Even in cities, cold kills ten times as many people.

It reminds us of the time Steven Sherwood changed the color on the hot spot graph so a zero degree trend looked hot red instead of yellow.

It's a sign of desperation.


Masselot et al (2023) Excess mortality attributed to heat and cold: a health impact assessment study in 854 cities in Europe, The Lancet, DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S2542-5196(23)00023-2