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Air Pollution Scourge Underestimated, Green Energy Can Help: U.N.

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Air pollution is an underestimated scourge that kills far more people than AIDS and malaria and a shift to cleaner energy could easily halve the toll by 2030, U.N. officials said on Tuesday.


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JL A (281)
Friday April 12, 2013, 1:05 pm
Quote from copywritten article:
""Still, it means more than 6 million deaths every year caused by air pollution," she said. "The horrible thing is that this will be growing" because of rising use of fossil fuels.

By comparison, U.N. reports show there were about 1.7 million AIDS-related deaths in 2011 and malaria killed about 660,000 people in 2010."

Terry V (30)
Friday April 12, 2013, 6:38 pm

Pollution is a Global Killer


JL A (281)
Friday April 12, 2013, 7:17 pm
Thanks for posting the link to the topical short video Terry!You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last day.

. (0)
Saturday April 13, 2013, 7:39 am
When 2/3 of the world population live, cook, travel, manufacture with uncontrolled and unregulated fossil fuels this is to be expected.

The PRC solar programs and technology are making a difference in Africa yet mainland China is a major polluter in every aspect. This is why a project like Kyoto is doomed from the start without the participation of China, India and SE Asia. They are the major contributors to changing weather patterns and I think they are responsible for that nice big dirty brown cloud of pollution that hangs over Australia.

Yes, we in the West must do our part in making the necessary changes. Our 1/3 must lead the way but we must also pressure the other 2/3 to do likewise. China especially is reaching critical mass. What will be the impact if it were to collapse? Perhaps we should spend less time in glorifying national socialistic pride through our militarys and concentrate in solving the environmental problems that have been created through industrialization run amok and our political/religious wars that covet economic and political power.

Then again if the Elites have their way this could be all part of the plan to reduce global population by 85-90% as of 2025 or earlier. It's the same principle that underlies their practice of disaster capitalism: Maximization of profit at the expense of reduced population through nebulous armed conflict; wars; famines; disease; pollution; compromising of humanity through reduced support systems in health care and other programs; vaccines; GMO and fast foods and drugs. Less humans means more available resources to be harvested without the pesky environmental regulations and controls.

It's called austerity economics. Disaster capitalism has always been its illegitimate progeny. Uncle Milty had the chutzpah to wonder why people called him the devil? Gee Milty, I wonder why?

Stephen Brian (23)
Saturday April 13, 2013, 8:55 am
This is an interesting problem:

Most of the deaths, according to the article, are due to indoor wood-burning. The original solution to this problem was to switch from burning wood to burning coal, which has fewer particulates than wood, but still lots of them. Do we support expansion of coal-burning in the underdeveloped world because that would probably be the quickest way to get people off of wood, push for a slower, but long-term better, solution, or support coal as a stepping-stone to get their economies capable of producing (and maintaining) those better solutions?

Betty Kelly (4)
Saturday April 13, 2013, 1:30 pm
Going green could save our planed.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday April 13, 2013, 1:48 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday April 13, 2013, 1:52 pm
Thanks for the info, JL. (Flagged the spam).

Birgit W (160)
Saturday April 13, 2013, 2:42 pm

Jennifer Ward (40)
Saturday April 13, 2013, 3:48 pm
"Green" has become a rather confused subject when it comes to human health. Twenty years ago diesel was declared a severe hazard to human health, being 20 times more hazardous to human health than refined gasoline and was being phased out. In stepped the Greens who declared diesel to be a saviour of the planet so now there is stinky, dangerous diesel fuel everywhere. Ever thought about the decades of CO2 pollution used to make all the 'green' gadgets necessary to produce high levels of renewables? It's little wonder that thinking people get mad and despairing about the AGW/Climate Change unquestioning believers who won't debate and immediately jump on anyone who asks questions and silences them with hysterical shrieks of 'denier'.

cynthia l (207)
Saturday April 13, 2013, 5:39 pm
Sure all those years of denial that could of gone to positive actions.

JL A (281)
Saturday April 13, 2013, 7:12 pm
You are welcome Lois and Birgit.

Paulett Simunich (0)
Saturday April 13, 2013, 7:18 pm
Some European countries have been using solar power for years.......ditto for wind power......again USA is behind the 8 ball.....why....because the money people and corporate are holding hands.....we all know this.....but we are making a difference......we will not lose sight of our goal......

Sonny Honrado (5)
Sunday April 14, 2013, 3:13 am
Plant trees.

Joy W (100)
Sunday April 14, 2013, 8:08 am

Hartson Doak (39)
Sunday April 14, 2013, 10:25 am
Big corporations and governments are not going to do anything of real meaning till they have to. They are invested in the status quo. They have a system of maximizing profits and have trapped most of us into that downwardly spiral to destruction. Those of us who can, need to make what changes we can to lower the use of .... Conserve, reuse, recycle, Use CFLs instead of incandescent bulbs, use LED instead of CFL. Put in PV or solar hot water. Use local plants in your yard. Don't buy into the green lawn BS. Start small but do something. You can grow some of your own food in very small spaces.

Roger G (148)
Sunday April 14, 2013, 5:34 pm
noted, thanks!

JL A (281)
Sunday April 14, 2013, 6:27 pm
You are welcome Roger!

Melania P (123)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 2:12 pm
We are so behind! We can do so much better when it comes to green energy....
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