Public Health, Air Pollution and Global Warming

interconnected issues
The Lancet is currently featuring a new research and publication series that examines public health and global warming. There is still disagreement on whether or not global warming exists, and if it does, whether or not it is caused by human activity. As that argument has persisted concerns about how human activity impacts our immediate health has come to the forefront.

The same types of air pollution that are believed to cause global warming are known to cause and exacerbate diseases like asthma, cardiovascular disease and cancer. If governments are dragging their heels in disbelief about global warming maybe they need to take a look at the current rates of these diseases and the economic health costs associated with air pollution. Asthma alone is estimated to cost the U.S. $18 Billion, annually.

Reducing air pollution will not only help prevent climate change, but has an almost immediate positive impact on the health and well being of the entire human race, and reduces the economic burden accrued from pollution-related diseases. The public health benefits garnered from reducing air pollution are just as relevant as keeping the planet healthy. Even if you don’t believe in man-made global warming there are still plenty of reasons to reduce our energy consumption and emissions.

Onwards, to the future!

3 thoughts on “Public Health, Air Pollution and Global Warming

  1. Dan Jordan

    On what basis can you make the claim “There is still disagreement on whether or not global warming exists, and if it does, whether or not it is caused by human activity.” Inside the legitimate scientific community, there is no such disagreement.

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  2. Sean McCormick Post author

    I was talking about inside and outside the scientific community. We must recognize that there are a lot people out there (including politicians) that believe all sorts of things:
    -Global warming isn’t happening
    -Global warming is happening, but it’s not caused by humans
    -Global warming is happening only because of humans.
    -The planet is in a natural upswing in global temperatures AND that humans are contributing to and accelerating that process. (I would consider myself one of these)

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