Oldspeak: “Was just talking to a friend about this yesterday, a white woman, non-smoker, not sick, but struggling with a cough she couldn’t explain. I said it was probably from all the toxic shit we’re inhaling. I know me myself personally, I’m always sneezing. Sniffling. Stuffed up. Itching my nose with my top lip or hand. Not sick in the common cold sense, just sneezing and sniffling and stuffed up and itching. It’s fucking annoying. And it happens year round. I usually absentmindedly explain it away as ‘allergies’ or some dust or animal dander got in my nose; and now that I think about it, there may be something to that. Perhaps, I’m growing more and more allergic to the increasingly toxic soup of chemical pollutants and particulate matter (dust) that I breath in every fucking day, having spent most of my life in one toxic exhaust enveloped “modern” “inner-city” or another. I’ve had mild to severe asthma at various points in my life, a couple times severe enough to put me in the hospital. Maybe I’m more sensitive to this shit than most folk… And as an added bonus to these fabulous respiratory problems, I’m at higher risk of heart disease, stroke and cardiovascular disease. In point of fact; “An African American child is three times more likely to go into the emergency room for an asthma attack than a white child, and twice as likely to die from asthma attacks as a white child. African Americans are more likely to die from lung disease, but less likely to smoke.” This reflects the global trend of air quality worsening in “developing countries” (Read:black and brown majority, usually in the global south) while improving in “developed countries” (white majority, much of their wealth and prosperity extracted from and at the expense of pollution and environmental destruction in “developing countries”). GREEEAAATTT…..Can’t beat life as a poor nigger in AmeriKKKa Eh!? We got it MADE! UGH. Environmental racism SUCKS ASS. -OSJ
Written By Chris Mooney @ The Washington Post:
“People think of air pollution as a respiratory disease,” said Carlos Dora, who heads the WHO’s air pollution team. “And in fact, it’s heart disease, strokes and cardiovascular. Because there’s very small particles that go into the blood. … The damage air pollution does to the vessels is similar to the damage that cholesterol or high blood pressure do. That has changed a lot the picture.”
Dora said 10 years ago, few would have reached such conclusions about the severity of air pollution. But since then, he said, it is becoming clear that there are few causes of death that take a larger toll each year, including malaria and tuberculosis. The new report credits air pollution with “about one in every nine deaths annually.”
The new model is allowing WHO to give increasingly fine-grained data about air pollution risks, by combining together over 3,000 actual ground measurements from across the world with satellite observations and an understanding of how air flows around the planet from place to place.
“Based on the modelled data, 92% of the world population are exposed to PM2.5 air pollution concentrations that are above the annual mean” WHO guidelines, the report concluded. “With the exception of the region of the Americas, all regions … have less than 20% of the population living in places in compliance with” WHO standards.
And of course it is actually worse than this, because air pollution contains more deleterious elements than just PM2.5, such as larger particles (PM10) and ozone. Moreover, the same emissions sources that are driving air pollution in many cases are also worsening global climate change.
Air pollution is generated both from vehicles and also power generation and many industrial installations. In many developing countries it is also generated inside of homes from the burning of biomass or kerosene. Some of this pollution also floods outside and adds the burden on others.
In general, developed nations such as the United States have managed to clean their air substantially in recent years, but WHO has found that in developing countries the burden remains quite high. A previous report from earlier this year from the agency found that the Indian capital city of Delhi had annually averaged PM2.5 levels of 122, or more than 12 times the safe level.
“Air pollution is improving in rich countries, but it’s still getting worse in most developing countries,” said Dora.