Air pollution in world cities

In recent years, ‘traditional’ outdoor air pollution has been pushed somewhat into the background by other concerns, not least climate change, civil wars, hunger, poverty and financial turmoil. Yet air pollution causes more than 3 millon deaths a year. It is now the biggest single killer in the world.

http://www.theguardian.com/…/air-pollution-rising-at-an-ala….

See also: http://www.nature.com/…/jo…/v525/n7569/full/nature15371.html

The toll is expected to double as urban populations increase and car numbers grow (set to approach 2 billion by 2050). Yet governments continue to fiddle while the Earth chokes. They build more roads, encourage the production of more cars, and subsidise the fossil fuel industries. In a growing number of cases, they are even offering ‘baby bonues’ to raise population levels and/or restricting access to famkly planning.

There is no way that ‘reformed’ growth — ‘green’, ‘sustainable’, ‘smart, what have you — can make a sufficient difference. The issue is the abandonment of the whole ‘growth project’.

Outdoor pollution has risen 8% in five years with fast-growing cities in the developing world worst affected, WHO data shows
THEGUARDIAN.COM|BY JOHN VIDAL
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Ecocide – drivers of deforestation

Deforestation is skinning the Earth of its protective cover. This new research spotlights the driving forces in an assault that is destroying an absolutely critical life-support system for humans and other species alike, regardless of climate change (though that aggravates the loss of tree cover as well)

http://www.ucsusa.org/…/stop-d…/whats-driving-deforestation…

Of course there would be less beef, palm oil and other such unsustainable consumption if human numbers weren’t so high.

Just four commodities—beef, soy, palm oil, and wood products—drive the majority of global deforestation. And consumers can help stop it.
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Ecocide – water scarcity

What a world we are creating:

Sandy Irvine's photo.
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Ecocide – changing the face of the Earth

On Earth Day, it is worth remembering what we are doing to the Earth eg

http://www.vox.com/2015/4/7/8352381/anthropocene-NASA-images

Still, it’s important to remember the victories as well as recognise the the defeats, the pending disasters and all the obstacles we face:

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We’ve dammed mighty rivers, built hundreds of artificial islands, and made the world’s fourth-largest lake disappear.
VOX.COM|BY BRAD PLUMER

Ecocide – air polluton in Canada

There used to be songs about California dreaming as if it were the desirable destiny for all of us. Leaving aside the little matter that the world has not enough resources to give everyone a ‘Californian’ lifestyle, we might also consider this:

https://www.yahoo.com/…/clean-air-advocates-california-nati…

Just days ago, the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2016 report ranked California as having the nation’s most polluted air. Los Angeles has the worst “harmful ozone pollution from car tailpipes emitting smog” – and Bakersfield has the most “unhealthy days from airborne particles spewed by highway traffic, diesel trucks, farm equipment and fireplaces….” I

Perhaps one factor might be that California is the USA’s most populous state, with a current population of roughly 40 million, projected to reach 50 million people by 2050. Those people will need houses, jobs, schools, and hospitals – and they will put more cars on California’s roads in order to get to those locations.

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Clean air advocates say millions of Californians live in parts of the state with unhealthy air.
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