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Hello! We are two science students for the contemporary world. We live in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia (Spain). It is a beautiful city famous for its ancient pilgrimage route, where thousands of people around the world come every year to see the beautiful old cathedral. Today we are taking a topic in class on pollution and resource consumption harmful to the environment such as oil, coal … doing surveys on the amount of consumption of each individual month. We wish you give us your opinion on this issue because we would like to know how this issue is handled in different countries and cities, and thus give us help and knowledge to the development of our project. Kind regards and hope your answers.
Hi my name is Amaryllis, and I am from the USA. Every year, in my country, the 4th of July (out independence day) is celebrated with fireworks. The American Pyrotechnics Association, estimates that 18,000 fireworks shows will occur across the U.S. this Fourth of July. This does not include backyard fireworks which have seen a tremendous growth in sales. Since 2000, the sales of backyard fireworks have doubled resulting in over 238 million pounds of fireworks being fired off each year. Fireworks are a major danger to our environment as a whole, and the health of the people living in that environment.
It is estimated that the annual U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from fireworks is 60,340 tons or the same emissions from 12,000 cars on the road for a year. Another threat posed by fireworks is the eventual bioaccumulation of chemicals in the land and water. Some specific chemicals which may bio-accumulate are copper compounds, which make the blues in fireworks, (they also pose a possible cancer risk.) and lead dioxide / nitrate, (these pose a serious health risk too, developmental danger for kids & unborn babes), which may remain airborne for days, poisonous to plants & animals.
Fireworks also pose serious health risks to humans, and other animals. Fireworks contain many dangerous compounds, which can adversely impact people, and their health example:
1. Arsenic compounds, which are used as colorants, form toxic ash can cause lung cancer, skin irritation and wart formation
2. Barium Nitrate which are used to produce glittering greens, are poisonous, (the fumes can irritate respiratory tract) and there is a chance of possible radioactive fallout.
On a different note, fireworks also contribute to the ever growing threat of acid rain. Sulfur Dioxide, a gaseous byproduct of sulfur combustion, affects water sources, by increasing their acidity. This acid water then turns in to rain, and when it comes down, it causes harm to vegetation and property damage too.
Fireworks are a major threat, to people and the environment, so next time you go to a firework show, ask yourself, “do I really want to participate in the impending distruction of the enviroment?”
I feel as though there are several misconceptions as to what Climate Change does and how it directly effects us. What are your positions when it comes to the mitigation of Climate Change, and how would follow through with to have a significant international impact?
“A recent poll from Ipsos/Reuters shows the extent of workplace evolution as well as the fallout of globalization. Nearly 1 in 5 (17%) of the over 11,000 users from 24 countries polled online indicated that they work exclusively and/or consistently from home. Telecommuting is most popular in regions with emerging markets, such as Asia-Pacific (24%), the Middle East and Africa (27%), and Latin America (25%), while North America and Europe (both at 9%) lag significantly behind.
But the winner is India with 82% telecommuting at least once a week and 57% working remotely on a routine basis. Compare this to the U.S. where 26% are working remotely at least once a week with only 10% respondents doing so consistently.”
ISCFC (carbon footprint challenge) participants… here is an excerpt from a thoughtful article in The Scientist that discusses the indirect impact that climate change may have on human health.
The Coming Health Crisis
By Samuel S. Myers and Aaron Bernstein
“Human activity is disrupting Earth’s climate, and the rising emissions of greenhouse gases are accelerating that disruption. (See “Our Changing Climate” box below) Some of the health consequences of climate change are straightforward: warmer temperatures, changes in the hydrologic cycle, increased ground-level ozone, and enhanced pollen production will increase exposure to heat stress, alter patterns of infectious disease, and compromise air quality.
However, we believe that there is another threat, one that is orders of magnitude more potent than those which have been emphasized to date. Here we argue that it is the indirect impacts of climate change—large-scale alterations to Earth’s natural systems—that pose the greatest risk to human health. These changes are curtailing access to water and to food and are undermining the very concept of stable homes, yet have received scant attention in the literature…”
EU Air Pollution Costs Exceed $134 Billion — COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Air pollution isn’t just harmful — it’s expensive, resulting in health care and environmental costs of more than €100 billion ($130 billion) in 2009, the European Union’s environment agency said Thursday.
The energy sector had the highest pollution costs, followed by manufacturing and production processes, according to the report by the European Environment Agency. The findings underscore the environmental and health impacts of fossil fuel-based power generation
Lawsuit Filed Against EPA to Protect Public Health From Coal-mine Air Pollution: “It’s time to stop giving the coal industry a free pass to pollute the air we depend upon for our health, well-being, and our safety,” said Jeremy Nichols, climate and energy program director for WildEarth Guardians, one of four groups bringing the lawsuit. “With coal mines spewing methane, dust, toxic orange clouds, and other dangerous gases, we need a national response that puts clean air first. We need EPA to take action.” Follow link for more…