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Pollution from car emissions killing millions in China and India

Pollution from car emissions killing millions in China and India | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Study published by Lancet says surge in car use in south and east Asia killed 2.1m people prematurely in 2010

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Digital Sustainability's curator insight, December 17, 2012 12:05 PM

An explosion of car use has made fast-growing Asian cities the epicentre of global air pollution and become, along with obesity, the world's fastest growing cause of death according to a major study of global diseases.

 

In 2010, more than 2.1m people in Asia died prematurely from air pollution, mostly from the minute particles of diesel soot and gasses emitted from cars and lorries. Other causes of air pollution include construction and industry. Of these deaths, says the study published in The Lancet, 1.2 million were in east Asia and China, and 712,000 in south Asia, including India.

 

Worldwide, a record 3.2m people a year died from air pollution in 2010, compared with 800,000 in 2000. It now ranks for the first time in the world's top 10 list of killer diseases, says the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study.

 

The unexpected figure has shocked scientists and public health groups. David Pettit, director of the southern California air programme with the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC), said: "That's a terribly high number – and much more people than previously thought. Earlier studies were limited to data that was available at the time on coarse particles in urban areas only."

 

Anumita Roychowdhury, head of air pollution at the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a New Delhi-based environmental group, said: "There is hard evidence now to act urgently to reduce the public health risks to all, particularly children, elderly and the poor. No-one can escape toxic air."

 

The full effects of air pollution on health in Asian cities may not be seen for years, she said. "Toxic effects like cancer surface after a long latency period. Therefore, exposure to air pollution will have to be reduced today to reduce the burden of disease," she said.

 

 

According to the report, by a consortium of universities working in conjunction with the UN, 65% of all air pollution deaths are now in Asia, which lost 52m years of healthy life from fine particle air pollution in 2010. Air pollution also contributes to higher rates of cognitive decline, strokes and heart attacks.

Mercor's curator insight, December 17, 2012 12:09 PM

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Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth

Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If we can't plead stupidity, what else is there? How do we live with ourselves? Is it all the stuff we buy that manages to numb our brains and consciences?

 

When I see a headline like this one at Bloomberg today, World Needs Record Saudi Oil Supply as OPEC Convenes, there’s just one thought that pops into my head: what the world needs is for us to stop doing this thing we’re doing. Even apart from peak oil concerns, it’s obvious we’re going to run out at some point or another, and it doesn’t matter whether that’s tomorrow or at some other point in the future, though we do know it’s not going to take another 100 years, or even 50.

 

And nothing will ever take the place of oil; once those unique carbons are gone, that’s it, we’ll have to find a completely different way of running our societies, and if we’re not smart enough to prepare for that beforehand, we’ll be cats fighting in a sack and use the last scraps to kill off each other. And our legacy won’t be the Greek thinkers and Picasso and Dostoyevsky and Walt Whitman and Maria Callas, since there won’t be the means for our children anymore to share what makes man great between them. Our main legacy will instead be bloodshed, we will have gone the exact same path that any non-thinking or even primitive organism would have taken, who don’t have opera or philosophy or poetry to their name.

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Three things you didn't know about the arachnids that live on your face

Three things you didn't know about the arachnids that live on your face | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
You are not alone. Your body is a collection of microbes, fungi, viruses… and even other animals. In fact, you aren't even the only animal using your face. Right now, in the general vicinity of your nose, there are at least two species of microscopic mites living in your pores. You would expect scientists ...
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Tripping seniors on purpose to stop future falls

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Researchers are tripping seniors on purpose, and it's not some kind of warped practical joke.
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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation of brain boosts memory

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation of brain boosts memory | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Stimulating a particular region in the brain via non-invasive delivery of electrical current using magnetic pulses, called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, improves memory, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.
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Cool roofs in China can save energy and reduce emissions

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(Phys.org) —Working with Chinese researchers, the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has conducted the first comprehensive study of cool roofs in China and concluded that they would be effective in substantially reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions ...
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New signs of eruption at Iceland volcano

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Teams monitoring Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano have found evidence of a possible underground eruption as powerful earthquakes continue to shake the area, Icelandic authorities said Thursday.
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Mystery solved: 'Sailing stones' of death valley seen in action for the first time

Mystery solved: 'Sailing stones' of death valley seen in action for the first time | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Racetrack Playa is home to an enduring Death Valley mystery. Littered across the surface of this dry lake, also called a 'playa,' are hundreds of rocks – some weighing as much as 320 kilograms (700 pounds) – that seem to have been dragged across the ground, leaving synchronized trails ...
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Ebola doctor reveals how infected Americans were cured

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Techniques used in the US to treat symptoms and subdue the virus in patients could work overseas, Bruce Ribner says.
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Reef Check's The Transect Line

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What a day! On August 10, 2014, Reef Check Staff and Volunteers teamed up with The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, California to give children and adults a close encounter with marine life in Salt Creek. The day started out with captivating slide shows by two Marine Biologists, Leslie Hart from the Eco-Adventure Center at the Ritz Carlton and Colleen Wisniewski from Reef Check. These presentations introduced guests to creatures that they were about to encounter. They were then guided along the beach where still photos from the slide show came alive! Participants explored tidepools and interacted with Reef Check Staff and Volunteers. 

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Obama has a plan for getting around Senate opposition to a climate treaty

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Republicans won't approve any new climate agreement, so the Obama admin will try to adapt an old one.
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VIDEO: How Civil Forfeiture Turns Cops Into Robbers

VIDEO: How Civil Forfeiture Turns Cops Into Robbers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Civil forfeiture is a little-known legal device that allows law enforcement officials to take your property, sell it and pocket the proceeds—even if you have done nothing wrong.
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China Will Need Stimulus to Hit 7.5% Growth Target, KC Fed Paper Says

China Will Need Stimulus to Hit 7.5% Growth Target, KC Fed Paper Says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A sputtering housing market threatens China's economic outlook and would probably force the central bank and local governments to intervene if they.
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The 10 Mistakes of Raising Chickens

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Raising chickens can be a very rewarding process. Besides providing you with fresh eggs, it can also be a teaching resource for your children and a way for you to become self-sufficient.
However, the
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Home Microbiome Project announces results of study on household microbes

Home Microbiome Project announces results of study on household microbes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A person's home is their castle, and they populate it with their own subjects: millions and millions of bacteria.
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WHO sounds alarm over Ebola infections as deaths top 1,500 (Update)

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The World Health Organization said on Thursday that the number of Ebola cases was increasing rapidly and could exceed 20,000 before the virus is brought under control, as the death toll topped 1,500.
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Eating your five-a-day is the key to a sexy sun-kissed glow

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Forget sun beds, sunbathing and fake tanning lotions. The secret to a sexy, healthy glow lies in eating your five-a-day, reveals new breakthrough research from Taylor & Francis.
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Researchers create global road maps showing potential economic and ecological consequences of new roads

Researchers create global road maps showing potential economic and ecological consequences of new roads | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A multinational team of researchers has published a paper in the journal Nature, offering a way towards better global planning for road construction. They highlight the benefits of road building along with detriments and include maps of the world they've constructed that indicate where ...
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Global warming pioneer calls for CO2 to be taken from atmosphere and stored underground

Global warming pioneer calls for CO2 to be taken from atmosphere and stored underground | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wally Broeker, the first person to alert the world to Global Warming, has called for atmospheric CO2 to be captured and stored underground. He says that Carbon Capture, combined with limits on fossil fuel emissions, is the best way to avoid global warming getting out of control over the next fifty years. ...
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Ozone in Colorado mountains surprises researchers

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Researchers say they're surprised by how much harmful ozone and ozone-causing chemicals are drifting into the Colorado mountains from urban and rural areas below.
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Will climate change drive a revolution in building design?

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Buildings use huge amounts of energy for heating and cooling, but their occupants find modern designs uncomfortable
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Britain Announces Plans For The Next Generation Of Emissions-Free Public Transit

Britain Announces Plans For The Next Generation Of Emissions-Free Public Transit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The city of London is testing out hybrid buses that can wirelessly recharge their batteries at bus stops, while British rail operators are trying out purely battery-powered trains.
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What's better for zipping around town, electric carts or gas?

What's better for zipping around town, electric carts or gas? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A reader kicks the tires on neighborhood electric vehicles. Umbra gets supercharged.
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VIDEO: California City Tells Police To Have Plan For Getting Rid Of MRAP Military Vehicle In Next 60 Days

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The controversy over the mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicle attracted a large crowd on Tuesday that was largely against it.
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Former CEO Calls Executive Pay ‘Extreme,’ Says Own Pay Was ‘Ludicrous’

Former CEO Calls Executive Pay ‘Extreme,’ Says Own Pay Was ‘Ludicrous’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“I don’t dispute that they ought to be paid really well,” he said. “It’s just that I think it’s gotten a little bit out of hand.”
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Fukushima groundwater bypass operation ineffective: Tepco

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A groundwater bypassing operation at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has yet to produce significant results in preventing groundwater from flowing into the basements of reactor buildings, Tokyo Electric ...
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I Blame The Central Banks

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The current bubbles in financial assets -- in equities and bonds of all grades and quality -- raging in every major market across the globe are no accident.
They are a deliberate creation. The intenti
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