We love our freedoms. We ride ATVs, run leaf blowers and lawn mowers, spray chemicals and have fires in our yards, totally unaware of how are actions could be affecting other people. A new study by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency(MPCA), puts the responsiblity for air pollution on the general public. Their study says air pollution in the Twin Cities area (Minneapolis, St. Paul and suburbs 2.8 million) causes 2,000 deaths a year.
The Minnesota Pollution Control report gives specific ways to improve air quality:
- Drive the most fuel-efficient vehicle you can afford.
- Take public transportation, walk, or bike whenever possible.
- Limit wood-burning activities like backyard bonfires.
- Look for alternatives to fossil-fuel-burning small engines such as electric lawnmowers and weed trimmers rather than those that use gas.
Here is a link to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s recent report on air quality.
And from the Startribune: The small particle pollution created by small engines like lawn mowers and leaf blowers, diesel engines, industry and backyard fires causes 2,100 premature deaths each year, plus 291 hospitalizations for respiratory and cardiovascular problems, and 400 emergency room visits for asthma. http://www.startribune.com/twin-cities-air-pollution-kills-2-000-a-year-new-state-analysis-shows/314623601/
Today I am commenting on two items that surprised me this week.
First, for a long time it has been said that bad air causes asthma and cancer. This week strokes have been added to this list! http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/24/air-pollution-raises-stroke-risk/?_r=0
Two things that are terrible for air pollution in urban settings are idling your engines and outdoor fires!
Second, Dana Milbank in the http://www.Washingtonpost.com says that climate deniers are denying that they denied that climate change is happening. See below:
What surprised you this week?
Pollution is a human caused factor creating the reality of climate change and harming the health of all people, our oceans, and all living things. See articles below:
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57607795/study-climate-change-will-significantly-impact-ocean-health-by-2100/?wwftw1 New research shows that human impact on the climate will heavily influence marine habitats by 2100, supporting a study earlier this month that showed coral reefs could be extinct by 2050.
http://www.mn2020hindsight.org/view/we-all-pay-pollutions-costs?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pollution Pollution is expensive and we are all paying the costs to our lives, environment and through higher taxes. And….
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/17/us-cancer-pollution-idUSBRE99G0BB20131017 The World Health Organization has come out saying that pollution causes cancer.
http://www.startribune.com/local/228250501.html Minnesota is trying to adjust for the future to the changes in the climate for the north woods. What new trees might thrive or will the north country become prairie?