The Washington Post just throws out today that 52,000 Europeans died of heat in the summer of 2003. Ex-squeeze me?
He then links to some conservative media watchdog that dismisses the source of those stats as hard-core greenies.
It doesn't take much googling to find the official numbers on how many died that summer. In France alone, the Health Ministry's own tally was astounding:
France's summer heatwave killed a total of 14,800 people, according to official figures released on Thursday.
The figure covers 1-30 August, including a fortnight of record-breaking heat.
News Busters doesn't seem like much of a watchdog. Sorry, Tim.
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