Daily Archives: March 6, 2017

Car Sick – George Monbiot


5th March 2017

A short, simple factsheet on the impacts of traffic pollution on children’s health

By George Monbiot, published on monbiot.com, 5th March 2017

I wrote this short factsheet for a local school suffering high levels of air pollution, that are caused in part by the parents, sometimes driving their children just 100 metres up the road. Part of the problem is that many people are unaware of the link between pollution and health issues.

When I looked for a summary – in clear and simple language, that most parents can quickly understand – of the damage that traffic pollution can do to children, I could not find one. Nor could the transport campaigns I consulted. So I decided to write my own.

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China’s Ghost Cities

SBS Dateline

Uploaded on Apr 11, 2011

Vast cities are being built across China at a rate of ten a year, but they remain almost uninhabited ghost towns. It’s estimated there are 64 million empty apartments.

For more on Adrian Brown’s report, go to the SBS Dateline website… http://bit.ly/fJur4O

60 Minutes Report – China’s Ghost Cities

Caulfield Krivanek Architecture

Published on Oct 5, 2016

Robert Caulfield discusses China’s mega cities with 60 Minutes journalist, Michael Usher.

China’s Largest Ghost City?

Vagabond Journey

Published on Mar 29, 2013

This is a video of Zhengzhou’s new district, or Zhengdong, which has been called “China’s largest ghost city.” But the reality is that it’s actually not very ghost like at all. In fact, parts of this massive district that’s the size of San Francisco are coming alive and starting to thrive. Construction on this district began around 2004, and the place is just now becoming suitable for real habitation. The international media jumped the gun by calling Zhengdong a ghost city. Read the article at http://www.vagabondjourney.com/zhengz….

For more on China’s ghost cities, I’ve published a series of articles at http://thechinachronicle.com/chinas-g….

China Has a Crazy Number of Ghost Cities | China Uncensored

China Uncensored

Published on Jan 6, 2016

Empty apartments, up for grabs! Just kidding. They’re empty, but even the owners don’t want to live there. There are millions of empty apartments in cities across China. Why? Watch to find out more.

20 Signs China’s Pollution Has Reached Apocalyptic Levels | China Uncensored

China Uncensored

Published on Feb 4, 2015

9 out 10 cities in China have failed government pollution standards according to China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection. A quarter of million Chinese die every year from pollution, rivers turn blood red, and by 2030, China will be COMPLETELY OUT OF WATER! These are just a few of the signs that China’s pollution has reached apocalyptic levels, and it’s having a global effect on climate change. To find out the rest, watch this episode of China Uncensored.

China’s super smog: Gov’t official calls Beijing pollution “unbearable”

CBS This Morning

Published on Feb 26, 2014

Beijing is suffering through a week of dangerous air pollution levels. One man is taking the Chinese government to court because of all the smog. Seth Doane reports on the nation’s pollution problems.

Trump’s War On Clean Air And Water

The Young Turks

Published on Mar 4, 2017

Trump is doing all he can to poison the planet. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. http://tytnetwork.com/go

“The White House is proposing to slash a quarter of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s budget, targeting climate-change programs and those designed to prevent air and water pollution like lead contamination, a source with direct knowledge of the proposal said on Thursday.

President Donald Trump has long signaled his intention to reverse former Democratic President Barack Obama’s climate-change initiatives. But the Republican president has vowed his planned overhaul of green regulation would not jeopardize America’s water and air quality.

The 23-page 2018 budget proposal, which aims to slice the environmental regulator’s overall budget by 25 percent to $6.1 billion and staffing by 20 percent to 12,400 as part of a broader effort to fund increased military spending, would cut deeply into programs like climate protection, environmental justice and enforcement.

The Washington Post was first to report the staff and overall budget cuts, but the source disclosed new details on the impact the cuts would have on programs.

The EPA had until Wednesday to report back to the White House. The agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the budget proposal or its counter proposal.

The proposal, sent to the EPA this week, would cut into grants that support American Indian tribes and energy efficiency initiatives, according to the source, who read the document to Reuters.”*

Read more here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/t…

Hosts: Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola
Cast: Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola

Air pollution link to 600,000 child deaths


Published on Mar 5, 2017

Air pollution link to 600,000 child deaths. WHO chief says air pollution is linked to 600,000 deaths in children under five.

WHO | The cost of a polluted environment: 1.7 million child deaths a year, says WHO

6 March 2017 | GENEVA – More than 1 in 4 deaths of children under 5 years of age are attributable to unhealthy environments. Every year, environmental risks – such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, second-hand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation, and inadequate hygiene – take the lives of 1.7 million children under 5 years, say two new WHO reports.

The first report, Inheriting a Sustainable World: Atlas on Children’s Health and the Environment reveals that a large portion of the most common causes of death among children aged 1 month to 5 years – diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia – are preventable by interventions known to reduce environmental risks, such as access to safe water and clean cooking fuels.

“A polluted environment is a deadly one – particularly for young children,” says Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “Their developing organs and immune systems, and smaller bodies and airways, make them especially vulnerable to dirty air and water.”

Harmful exposures can start in the mother’s womb and increase the risk of premature birth. Additionally, when infants and pre-schoolers are exposed to indoor and outdoor air pollution and second-hand smoke they have an increased risk of pneumonia in childhood, and a lifelong increased risk of chronic respiratory diseases, such as asthma. Exposure to air pollution may also increase their lifelong risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.

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