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The 2019 State of Global Air (SOGA) report, released on Wednesday stated that children born today will be exposed to so much toxic air pollution over their lifetimes, that it will dramatically shorten their life expectancy.CNN reported that the study found that countries in Asia and Africa had the highest risk because they have high levels of harmful soot or particulate matter (PM 2.5) and they rely on coal-powered energy plants and regularly use fuels like charcoal for cooking.
The air pollution is particularly acute in Southeast Asian countries like India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh where cities are plagued by thick clouds of toxic air for days.
According to the Report, “[t]he growing burden of disease from air pollution is among the major challenges facing national governments and public health officials, with far-reaching implications for national economies and human well-being.” The United States is on the high end of air pollution deaths — with more than 100,000 in 2017. China, on the other hand, due to strict new governmental controls, is one of the success stories of the past year — it saw a drop in PM 2.5 particulates pollution.
Why This Matters: Why should our children live shorter lives due to air pollution? We have the technology to control it — it is simply a matter of political will. Air pollution costs should be born by the companies who pollute, not by the rest of us through higher health care costs, lost days at work or recreating or lost days of our lives. On Monday we reported that Denver had worse air quality than Beijing for more than 50 days a year. Now we know that not only is this air pollution uncomfortable, but it is also shortening our lives. What would you do for an extra 20 months of life? Regulations that curb air pollution often are vilified, but the truth is we need them to keep us healthy and to let us live our life to its fullest. Not to mention that these toxic air pollutants are the same ones causing climate change.
On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first rule of the Biden administration to combat climate change. EPA Administrator Michael Regan has announced that the rule implementing the 15-year phase-out of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) passed by Congress last year.
Why This Matters: Although HFCs have an atmospheric lifetime of about 15 years, which is less than any other GHG, and the most common type is 3,790 times more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new list from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) shows that last year, thirteen U.S. oil refineries emitted more of the cancer-causing chemical benzene than was permitted by the government. This is an increase from eleven refineries that made the list in 2019. Why This Matters: These unlawful benzene […]
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