The latest researches of the World Health Organization have shown that almost in every part of the world, from Africa to Asia and also in Europe, about 90% of the population breathe polluting agents at a rate higher than the one considered the highest for health, with the result that 14 million people died for this cause in the last two years. The results are based on data collected in 4,300 cities located in 100 different countries and collect studies on both atmospheric pollution, with fine and ultrafine particle rates, and on indoor pollution, caused by the use of coal or wood stoves for cooking and heating environments.
According to the collected data, the polluted air is responsible for 24% of all deaths from heart attack, 25% of deadly strokes, 43% of deaths due to obstructive pulmonary diseases and 29% of lung tumors. The big cities are obviously those in which the air breathed is worse, and this also affects the European cities, where depending on the level of pollution each person loses from 2 to 24 months of life because of the smog.
However, that of long-term direct inhalation poisoning is only one of the damage caused by air pollution in fact, even though many unfortunately do not want to see the sad reality, global warming is real, it is dangerous, and will lead the whole world to die if we do not take action immediately to try to avoid it.
Kerry Emanuel, Atmospheric Sciences professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a member of the Boston Forum on Energy and Global Challenges says that:
“The skeptics, those who have long intervened to dismantle the catastrophe of global warming, are a mainly media phenomenon that has little scientific knowledge. Skeptical is who, far from being doubtful, it is absolutely certain that climate change does not involve any risk. But when one is intellectually honest, one must speak of uncertainty in accurately calculating the risk, rather than skepticism.”
According to the conclusions of the last IPCC report (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) the Planet has only 12 years to stop this madness and keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5C°. Only 0.5C° more could have devastating consequences and increase the risk of tsunamis, drought, heat waves and hurricanes.
How does greenhouse effect work?
How can we stop it?
The solution in 2 basic points:
1. Reducing man-made greenhouse gases (by switching to renewable energy and electric vehicles, increasing energy efficiency, recycling waste, reducing meat consumption) and removing CO2 (reforestation, carbon capture and storage) ) and eliminate funding for fossil energy sources
2. Tax CO2 emissions and invest the money obtained in the solutions of the previous points and in infrastructures with low environmental impact.
It seems easy, but the problem is always one, the money. In fact, to implement these measures, huge investments are needed: an annual expenditure of 2.5% of the global Gross Domestic Product for at least 20 years. The consequences of the heating of only 1C°of the earth’s surface are already visible: extreme weather conditions, rising sea levels and the reduction of Arctic ice.
We are living in an era in which we should now learn to become aware of what we do. We should have become smart enough to understand that this is not the right way to live, nevertheless, we continue, though we are aware of it, to ruin our world, our “home”, as if all this was not happening, but in the name of what? some money?
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