How Will Life Change If We Transition Away From Fossil Fuels?

May 16th, 2019 by Barry A.F.  in Clean Technica As part of the trashing of the Green New Deal, the political right wing has claimed the deal will essentially ruin life as we know it, ban air travel, and even lead to cannibalism (no joke). Let’s take a look at reality. Today, if you want to go somewhere, you usually travel by vehicle. If …

Air Pollution Is Slowly Killing Us All, New Global Study Claims

May 17th, 2019 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica A comprehensive global study by the International Respiratory Society’s Environmental Committee and published recently in CHEST, the official publication of the American College of Chest Physicians, claims that air pollution may be damaging every organ and virtually every cell in the human body. Here’s the executive summary of the report. Air pollution poses a great environmental …

7.6 percent of global deaths come from air pollution effects in five categories alone, according to 25-year trends of the global burden of disease attributable to ambient air pollution, data from the Global Burden of Diseases Study

The Lancet, VOLUME 389, ISSUE 10082, P1907-1918, MAY 13, 2017 Estimates and 25-year trends of the global burden of disease attributable to ambient air pollution: an analysis of data from the Global Burden of Diseases Study 2015 Dr Aaron J Cohen, DSc  et al. Show all authors Open AccessPublished:April 10, 2017 DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30505-6 Exposure to ambient air pollution increases morbidity and mortality, and is a leading contributor to …

Study: U.S. Fossil Fuel Subsidies Exceed Pentagon Spending

These subsidies are largely invisible to the public, and don’t appear in national budgets. But according the the IMF, the world spent $4.7 trillion — or 6.3 percent of global GDP — in 2015 to subsidize fossil fuel use, a figure it estimated rose to $5.2 trillion in 2017.  The world would be richer and healthier if the full costs of fossil …

New tools to see energy from space, analyze best options

WRI, May 2019 Seeing Energy from Space Being able to see energy infrastructure from space allows researchers to not only identify the location of key infrastructure, but to determine key characteristics, such as a power plants’ fuel type, cooling technology, and emission plumes.  In the past, when electricity data was not reported, there were no alternative sources. Today we can use …

A new study performed in the Netherlands has linked exposure to residential air pollution during fetal life with brain abnormalities that may contribute to impaired cognitive function in school-age children

A new study performed in the Netherlands has linked exposure to residential air pollution during fetal life with brain abnormalities that may contribute to impaired cognitive function in school-age children. The study, published in Biological Psychiatry, reports that the air pollution levels related to brain alterations were below those considered to be safe. “We observed brain development effects in relationship to …

On average people live a year less long due to air pollution, and those who die early specifically due to it often lose 9 years

Upper panel a: How air pollution shortens human life expectancy around the world. Lower panel b: Gains in life expectancy that could be reached by meeting World Health Organization guidelines for air quality around the world. Credit: Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin Air pollution shortens human lives by more than a year, according to a new …

Prolonged exposure to particulate matter in air pollution in the Los Angeles Basin triggered inflammation and the appearance of cancer-related genes in the brains of rats

Prolonged exposure to particulate matter in air pollution in the Los Angeles Basin triggered inflammation and the appearance of cancer-related genes in the brains of rats, a Cedars-Sinai study has found. While previous research has documented the association between air pollution and a variety of diseases, including cancer, the study found markers indicating certain materials in coarse air pollution — …