Watch What You Breathe

Tiago Rachelson:

New studies reveal that one of the most deadly forms of nature in the world is just the air you breathe. 3 million people die annually to air pollution all around the world. “By 2050, it could be 6.6 million premature deaths every year worldwide, a new study predicts.” The study links air pollution to chronic diseases such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, and even worse–lung cancer. My CNN source reads, [ “The total number of deaths due to HIV and malaria is 2.8 million per year,” said Jos Lelieveld, a professor at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Germany and lead author of the study. “That’s half a million less than the number of people who die from air pollution globally.”] This number is so astonishing to me that I find it almost non-realistic. As a believer in science, which shouldn’t even be called a “believer”, I think we need to start making some changes to our every day life style. All around the world, we must stop using cheap fuel for our cooking, heating, and waste disposal. We may have to cut down on our fertilizers because it is linked to Ammonia. The main solution is to reduce agriculture emissions, and the article says we have to cut our traditional ways before we focus heavily on new technology to save our souls.

Source: CNN article- http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/16/health/air-pollution-deaths-rising/index.html

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