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Mainecoons
07-31-2014, 08:26 AM
While Obama's EPA wrecks the U.S. coal fired generation industry, and causes your electrical costs to skyrocket (one of the few promises he's keeping) that coal is being sent to Europe and China to cause pollution there, particularly in the case of China's mostly dirty power plants. Another example of the stupidity of today's environmentalists who are so dismally educated in technology and systems they think out of sight, out of mind is a valid environmental solution.

http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/07/political-greenwashing-us-exports-coal.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MishsGlobalEconomicTrendAnaly sis+%28Mish%27s+Global+Economic+Trend+Analysis%29

Captain Obvious
07-31-2014, 08:29 AM
While Obama's EPA wrecks the U.S. coal fired generation industry, and causes your electrical costs to skyrocket (one of the few promises he's keeping) that coal is being sent to Europe and China to cause pollution there, particularly in the case of China's mostly dirty power plants. Another example of the stupidity of today's environmentalists who are so dismally educated in technology and systems they think out of sight, out of mind is a valid environmental solution.

http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/07/political-greenwashing-us-exports-coal.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MishsGlobalEconomicTrendAnaly sis+(Mish's+Global+Economic+Trend+Analysis) (http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/07/political-greenwashing-us-exports-coal.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MishsGlobalEconomicTrendAnaly sis+%28Mish%27s+Global+Economic+Trend+Analysis%29)

^^This

And we'll be sending (or are already sending) fracking gas overseas also.

waltky
03-07-2017, 01:08 AM
Global pollution's affect on children...
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WHO: Environmental Pollution Kills 1.7M Children Under Five Every Year
March 06, 2017 — Environmental pollution kills more than 1 in 4 children under the age of five every year - that's 1.7 million children worldwide. The World Health Organization warns these child deaths will increase dramatically if action is not taken to reduce environmental risks.


WHO examines the impact of harmful environments on children’s health and offers solutions in two new studies, “Inheriting a Sustainable World: Atlas on Children’s Health and the Environment” and a companion report, “Don’t pollute my future! The impact of the environment on children’s health.” The authors agree that air pollution is the biggest killer and is responsible for 6.5 million premature deaths every year, including nearly 600,000 deaths among children under age five. Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, notes that young children are most at risk of dying from a polluted environment because of “their developing organs and immune systems, and smaller bodies and airways.”

While most of these child deaths occur in developing countries, Maria Neira, WHO Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health told VOA that air pollution was a big leveler between rich and poor countries. “You can be a very rich child, your parents very rich, but living in a place, in a city, which is very polluted-then there is very little you can do because we all need to breathe. “So, even if you are rich or poor, you still need to breathe and this is very pernicious. Air pollution is everywhere,” she said.


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People wear protective masks near the Bund during a polluted day in Shanghai, China


WHO reports the most common causes of death among children aged one month to five years are diarrhea, malaria and pneumonia. “These are very much affected by air pollution, water and sanitation, which is inadequate, but also the disease vectors, mosquitos around the house and the community,” said Annette Pruss-Ustun, scientist in WHO's Public Health and Environmental Department. “These are mainly a problem in low-and-middle-income countries except air pollution, which also children in high income countries are affected by,” she said. “But, there they do not die from it because the health care system takes care of them in time.” WHO reports actions including those of providing safe water and sanitation, limiting exposure to hazardous chemicals, and improving waste management can prevent many environmentally induced deaths.

Maria Neira cited access to clean fuels as one of the most important interventions. “Almost half of the world population is using dirty fuels for cooking, heating, and lighting at home. And, this is affecting very much mothers who are staying and cooking at home, but the children who are around mothers—they are exposed as well.” Neira said that providing clean energy and clean fuels to households will have enormous benefits for the health of the children and others as well.

MORE (http://www.voanews.com/a/environmental-pollution-kills-one-point-seven-million-children-under-five-every-year/3751075.html)

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Report: Syrian Children Suffering from 'Toxic Stress' Due to War
arch 06, 2017 - Children in Syria are suffering from "toxic stress," a severe form of psychological trauma that can cause life-long damage, according to a report released Thursday.


The report by the nonprofit Save the Children paints a horrifying picture of terrified children developing speech disorders and incontinence, and some even losing the capacity to speak. Others attempt self-harm and suicide. Authors of the study, the largest of its kind to be undertaken during the conflict, warned that the nation's mental health crisis had reached a tipping point, where "staggering levels" of trauma and distress among children could cause permanent and irreversible damage. "We are failing children inside Syria, some of whom are being left to cope with harrowing experiences, from witnessing their parents killed in front of them to the horrors of life under siege, without proper support," said Marcia Brophy, a mental health adviser for Save the Children in the Middle East.


https://gdb.voanews.com/94AF3564-68FF-404C-A855-604188A5B240_w1023_r1_s.jpg Children pulled by an adult after airstrikes killed nearly 30 people, mostly children, in the northern rebel-held village of Hass, Syria
Researchers spoke with 450 children, adolescents and adults in seven of Syria's 14 governorates. Adults said the main cause of psychological stress is the constant shelling and bombardment that characterize the war that is nearing its sixth anniversary. Half the children the researchers talked to said they never or rarely feel safe at school and 40 percent said they don't feel safe to play outside, even right outside their own home.

More than 70 percent of children interviewed experienced common symptoms of "toxic stress" or post-traumatic stress disorder, such as bedwetting, the study found. Loss of speech, aggression and substance abuse are also commonplace. About 48 percent of adults reported seeing children who have lost the ability to speak or who have developed speech impediments since the war began, according to the report. More than half of the adults interviewed by Save the Children said they knew of children or adolescents who were recruited into armed groups. The report called on the combatants to stop using explosives in populated areas, halt attacks on schools and hospitals, and stop recruiting children to fight.

http://www.voanews.com/a/syrian-children-suffer-toxic-stress-due-to-war-report-says/3752615.html

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China Vows Blue Skies Despite Economic Challenges
March 05, 2017 - China will work to clear its skies by increasing investment in clean energy and punishing polluters, Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday in comments aimed at mollifying public anger over chronic smog.


Swathes of northern China were blanketed under toxic smog this winter, affecting more than 100 million people and forcing government agencies to take emergency measures to curb pollution. "Environmental pollution remains grave, and in particular, some areas are frequently hit by smog," Li told delegates to the rubber-stamp National People's Congress (NPC) in opening its annual session. But "we will make our skies blue again", he said in his annual state-of-the-nation speech. Pollution has plagued China for years, with the dramatic fouling of the country's air, water and soil representing the dark side of breakneck economic growth that has lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty.



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Buildings are seen on a hazy day in Xiangyang, Hubei province, China








Li listed a series of measures China will take this year to help clear the air, including upgrading coal-fired power plants to make them less polluting, reducing coal-fired heating, and implementing "round-the-clock monitoring" of industrial pollution. He said China would "basically" scrap all high-emission vehicles and pursue a three percent cut in emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide -- key components of the country's toxic smog. "Faster progress in work to improve the environment, particularly air quality, is what people are desperately hoping for," Li said. China also will decrease its energy consumption per unit of GDP by 3.4 percent and reduce coal-fired power capacity.

China has long promised to clean up its act, but the pledges have taken a back seat to ensuring rapid economic growth, which the government sees as critical for guaranteeing social stability. "Environmental issues are the most important because this affects people every day and leaves problems for the next generations," Chang Chunbun, a NPC delegate from Hong Kong, told AFP. "To solve pollution the authorities have to add power behind their laws to better enforce environmental protection policies." The ruling Communist Party is seeking to make a difficult transition away from dependence on heavily polluting industries to a more service-oriented economy fueled by consumer demand.

Last year GDP grew 6.7 percent, the slowest rate in a quarter of a century, and Li on Sunday lowered the growth target to "around 6.5 percent" for 2017. Maintaining the desired growth rates has so far meant spinning up the output of goods like steel, coal and cement, whose production is heavily polluting. But the government is increasingly having to balance its concern over an economic slowdown with fears of a public backlash over environmental pollution. In recent months, police have cracked down on protests sparked by pollution in several major cities and moved to censor complaints about bad air online.

http://www.voanews.com/a/china-environmental-pollution/3750201.html

waltky
03-20-2017, 03:44 AM
Chinese no longer willing to wait for solution to pollution problems...
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Tensions rising as Chinese no longer willing to hold their breath on pollution problems
Monday 20th March, 2017 - Cracking down on dissent has been a hallmark of Chinese public life. But a population once ignorant of the toxic cost of pollution is speaking out against a government intent on growing the economy. The war on pollution has increased tensions across China, Nathan VanderKlippe reports.


In the village dubbed the birthplace of Beijing’s smog, anger is rising into a sky that seems permanently darkened by pollution. At least three times over the past two years, local residents in Songting have gathered to protest at the gates of the steelworks that surround the place generations have called home. People here once farmed rice, peanuts and corn until, in the years before the Beijing Olympics, their fields were transformed into an industrial forest of pipes, stacks and production lines, after iron and steel companies moved away from the capital to leave behind cleaner air for the Games. Two-hundred kilometres east of Beijing, they erected a metallic forest of emissions towers that belch exhaust and soot. During one severe episode in February, the air grew so thick that residents could no longer see across their narrow streets and workers got lost on the way home.

Now the villagers are fed up. One of the recent steel-mill protests lasted more than a week. “Every day, more than 30 people gathered there,” said Zhao Xiuying, 54, who lives in an old village home that backs out onto a vista of metalworks. The villagers demanded pollution compensation, but received nothing. So they tried again. “We blocked the coking plant, too,” Ms. Zhao said. “But no one fixed our problem.”

Speaking out can be risky in China, where officials move quickly to crush efforts to organize dissent of any kind. But across China, a population once ignorant of the damage wrought by noxious air has gained a keen awareness of what they are breathing – and a growing unwillingness to accept it. “Before, people might have just endured. Now, that patience and endurance has worn out,” said Ma Jun, China’s best-known environmentalist. “We have seen more demands from people to solve the problem.” Stalled progress has made those demands grow more acute.

Until this winter, a raft of government measures set in place under a Chinese “war on pollution” had yielded annual improvements. Gradually, people were beginning to see more blue skies. But amid a slowing economy, a surge in steel production capacity has been accompanied by waves of thick air that have coated northern China this winter, while southern regions have also suffered unusually bad air. Air quality worsened in the area around Beijing throughout much of 2016, a trend that has continued this year. Average Beijing air quality in January was among the worst since 2009, the first full year air monitoring statistics are available. The city’s February air, on average, was 35 per cent more polluted this year than last.

MORE (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/how-china-is-losing-its-war-onpollution/article34342466/?cmpid=rss1)

waltky
10-20-2017, 05:50 AM
Pollution linked to one in six deaths...
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Pollution linked to one in six deaths
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 - Pollution has been linked to nine million deaths each year worldwide, according to a report in The Lancet.


Almost all of these deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries, where pollution could account for up to a quarter of deaths. Bangladesh and Somalia were the worst affected. Air pollution had the biggest impact, accounting for two-thirds of deaths from pollution. Brunei and Sweden had the lowest numbers of pollution-related deaths. Most of these deaths were caused by non-infectious diseases linked to pollution, such as heart disease, stroke and lung cancer. "Pollution is much more than an environmental challenge - it is a profound and pervasive threat that affects many aspects of human health and wellbeing," said the study's author, Prof Philip Landrigan, of the Icahn School of Medicine, at Mount Sinai in New York.


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The biggest risk factor, air pollution, contributed to 6.5 million premature deaths. This included pollution from outdoor sources, such as gases and particulate matter in the air, and in households, from burning wood or charcoal indoors. The next largest risk factor, water pollution, accounted for 1.8 million deaths, while pollution in the workplace was linked to 800,000 deaths globally. About 92% of these deaths occurred in poorer countries, with the greatest impact felt in places undergoing rapid economic development such as India, which had the fifth highest level of pollution deaths, and China, which had the 16th.

UK faring worse

In the UK, about 8% or 50,000 deaths are estimated to be linked to pollution. This puts the UK in 55th place out of the 188 countries measured, placing them behind the US and many European countries, including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Denmark. Dr Penny Woods, of the British Lung Foundation, said: "Air pollution is reaching crisis point worldwide, and the UK is faring worse than many countries in Western Europe and the US. "A contributing factor could be our dependence on diesel vehicles, notorious for pumping out a higher amount of poisonous particles and gases. "These hit people with a lung condition, children and the elderly hardest." The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said a £3 billion plan had been put in place to improve air quality and reduce harmful emissions. A spokesman said: "We will also end the sale of new diesel and petrol cars by 2040, and next year we will publish a comprehensive Clean Air Strategy which will set out further steps to tackle air pollution."


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Mike Hawes from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said the latest diesel cars were the cleanest in history. He said the biggest change to air quality would be achieved "by encouraging the uptake of the latest, lowest emission technologies and ensuring road transport can move smoothly". In the United States, more than 5.8% - or 155,000 - deaths could be linked to pollution. The authors said air pollution affected the poor disproportionately, including those in poor countries as well as poor people in wealthy countries. Study author Karti Sandilya, from Pure Earth, a non-governmental organisation, said: "Pollution, poverty, poor health, and social injustice are deeply intertwined. "Pollution threatens fundamental human rights, such as the right to life, health, wellbeing, safe work, as well as protections of children and the most vulnerable." The results were the product of a two-year project. The authors have published an interactive map illustrating their data.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-41678533

donttread
10-20-2017, 08:39 AM
While Obama's EPA wrecks the U.S. coal fired generation industry, and causes your electrical costs to skyrocket (one of the few promises he's keeping) that coal is being sent to Europe and China to cause pollution there, particularly in the case of China's mostly dirty power plants. Another example of the stupidity of today's environmentalists who are so dismally educated in technology and systems they think out of sight, out of mind is a valid environmental solution.

http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/07/political-greenwashing-us-exports-coal.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MishsGlobalEconomicTrendAnaly sis+(Mish's+Global+Economic+Trend+Analysis)


I find it so amazing that we want third world countries to "stop cutting the rain forest" to feed their families after the world powers have raped mother earth enough to establish their economies. Hypocrisy 101 anyone? I also believe each nation should be energy and food independent to the extent possible , making countries and megacorps choose other excuses for their endless wars.
We sure as hell shouldn't be exporting fossil fuels after so many have died for megacorp access to fossil fuels

Docthehun
10-20-2017, 08:54 AM
It should be noted that China has become the world leader in solar power installation. I believe that they now purchase 1/4 of all the solar panels produced in the world.

donttread
10-20-2017, 12:08 PM
It should be noted that China has become the world leader in solar power installation. I believe that they now purchase 1/4 of all the solar panels produced in the world.

Had our government and industry made the unicorn of government/industy choices: The long term ones. That could be us.