Climate change is affecting the health of people around the world; transitioning to net-zero emissions could be the greatest health opportunity this century
By Associate Professor Celia McMichael, Professor Kathryn Bowen and Professor Mark Stevenson, University of Melbourne
Climate change threatens to undermine the health of people around the world, with more intense and frequent extreme weather events, increased heatwave exposure, climate-related food insecurity, alteration in the spread of infectious diseases and exacerbated mental ill-health.
There has been a long-held belief that the auto industry has a great deal to answer for in it’s impact to our communities globally. Many Western societies enjoyed fairly capable and well-servicing public transport systems across the 1950-1970s. That is, until the auto industry in partnership with steel, rubber, and mega-industrial conglomerates orchestrated a buy-out and subsequent destruction of most networks around the world.
What followed has been an expansive grid of roads and motorways that carry fewer people, in many more polluting vehicles, with much greater environmental consequence than we had mid-last last century. Sadly, with the ever expanding infrastructure, and a burgeoning new middle class in many populous countries (like India, China, and many others) — the environmental impact of the automobile is just beginning…
While this thoroughly researched and detailed article from The Atlantic is geared toward the USA experience — it is an insightful analysis of what to expect (or what has already been experienced) in many other locales. More combustion vehicles mean more carbon based emissions — simple as that. Read the article from The Atlantic — and let us know what YOU think.
June 5th is the United Nations annual World Environment Day and the focus this year is air pollution and its impact on our environment. Get involved!
World Environment Day will see events taking place across the globe, from the official celebrations in China to your own back yard. UN will have a 24-hour live feed – full of articles, pictures and videos – will help you engage and learn from what is going on around you. Follow the feed to join the celebrations virtually and find out what people in your region are doing to #BeatAirPollution.