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If You Incentivize Pollution, You Incentivize Death


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Fiona
- 159 days ago - counterpunch.org
The State of Global Air 2018port estimates that 4.1 million people died as a result of ambient air pollution in 2016. And thatâEUR(TM)s a conservative estimate. Globally, 5 causes of death took a higher toll.



   

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Fiona O (562)
Saturday May 12, 2018, 2:21 pm
This sobering report was issued this month by teams of researchers at the Health Effects Institute and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Their report, State of Global Air 2018, sought to analyze worldwide air pollution exposures and health impacts; data for 2016 is used because that is the most recent data available. The report states:

“Worldwide exposure to PM2.5 contributed to 4.1 million deaths from heart disease and stroke, lung cancer, chronic lung disease, and respiratory infections in 2016. PM2.5 was responsible for a substantially larger number of attributable deaths than other more well-known risk factors (such as alcohol use, physical inactivity, or high sodium intake) and for an equivalent number of attributable deaths as high cholesterol and high body mass index. Ozone, another important component of outdoor air pollution, whose levels are on the rise around the world, contributed to 234,000 [additional] deaths from chronic lung disease.”
 

Fiona O (562)
Saturday May 12, 2018, 2:23 pm
“PM2.5” refers to particulate matter less than or equal to 2.5 micrometers in aerodynamic diameter. Because particle pollution can travel deep into the lungs and cause or aggravate heart and lung diseases, there are numerous health hazards associated with it, including reduced lung function, development of respiratory diseases in children, aggravation of existing lung diseases and premature death of people with lung diseases, according to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overview that the Trump administration appears to not have gotten around to censoring. Sources include incomplete combustion, automobile emissions, dust and industrial activity.

This pollution is a global problem — the State of Global Air 2018 report notes that 95 percent of the world’s population lives in areas exceeding World Health Organization guidelines for healthy air, and almost 60% live in areas that do not meet even the WHO’s least-stringent air quality target. That widespread pollution adds up. The report states that “In 2016, long-term exposure to ambient PM2.5 contributed to 4.1 million deaths and to a loss of 106 million [disability-adjusted life-years], making PM 2.5 exposure responsible for 7.5% of all global deaths and 4.4% of all global DALYs.” (The term “DALY” refers to losses of healthy life and are calculated as the sum of the years of life lost from a premature death and the years lived with disability.)

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Animae C (507)
Saturday May 12, 2018, 5:36 pm
"... it is impossible to have infinite growth on a finite planet."

"Our future ability to prosper can only be based on a steady-state economy that provides for need rather that private wealth accumulation, an impossibility under a system based on relentless competition."

Amazing stats & graphs here ;
https://ourworldindata.org/air-pollution

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TY Fiona
 

David C (108)
Saturday May 12, 2018, 6:10 pm
just as big, if not bigger, reason to change to a cleaner energy basis....solar, wind, etc over coal/gas/oil
 

Colleen L (3)
Saturday May 12, 2018, 6:47 pm
I agree with David. We need to reprogram our minds to cleaner energy. Thanks Fiona
 

Nita L (125)
Saturday May 12, 2018, 10:12 pm
shared
Thank you Fiona
 

Melania P (123)
Sunday May 13, 2018, 5:29 pm
So agree, shared as well!
 

Danuta W (1251)
Monday May 14, 2018, 2:58 am
noted
 

Roberto MARINI (88)
Monday May 14, 2018, 8:28 am
noted and shared, thanks
 

Margie F (148)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 1:33 am
I know, thank you. Perhaps we should have people who go out to the masses to enforce this.
 

Winn A (179)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 6:39 am
Noted and Thanks
 

Angela J (61)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 9:11 am
Thanks
 
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