“Before I began investigating climate change, I never would have thought about the connections between global warming and outbreaks of infectious diseases” said Ferber, a Science journalist who has examined the links between climate change and declining human health.
Actually, health experts expect climate change to spread malaria, cholera and asthma according to a series of professional studies.
The World Health Organization estimated that a child dies from malaria in Africa every 45 seconds. The disease accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood deaths on the continent. These statistics will be far worse in the near future if it continues to warm.
Climate changes then disease outbreaks ensue. And as is known, Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from automobiles and light trucks are a major contributor to climate change, particularly in the United States and other industrialized countries. Now, we have to face such a reality: In producing different vehicles for different markets, automobile manufacturing companies vary substantially in the amount of carbon emissions that come from their products. Some auto companies rely heavily for sales and profits on vehicles that emit relatively high amounts of CO2, while others derive the bulk of their profits from vehicles that are less carbon-intensive.
But, can we get vehicles that are carbon-free? Absolutely we can. Electric Vehicle (EV) could do great help here. I mean all-electric vehicles, featuring totally zero emission. Many auto manufacturers have cultivated this field and we can find a sheet of EV brands at present like BYD e6, Toyato, Tesla, General and so on. Besides, such as BYD’s all-electric eBUS-12 with the longest range of 190miles/charge also has been introduced to public transit system. Of course there are many hybrid guys among these EVs and not really emission-free. Thanks to international concentration on air-contamination decrease and green policies for EV promotion, new energy vehicles, particularly EVs have been on the path to worldwide spread.
When talking about EV’s superb advantages on decreasing carbon emission, we can’t overlook those indirect emissions from vehicles. We can’t omit the emissions occurring when electricity’s produced which powers the EVs. How much CO2 is emitted via coal burning for electricity or other purposes per year? Its said a third of all global carbon oxide emissions come from coal burning! Creating a recycle of energy utility and Making use of new energies seem of great importance here. Wind energy source confronts various obstacles towards general using, whilst solar boasts its much larger territory of being taken into electricity. Therefore, the boom of solar energy likely to be inevitable.
As to ourselves in daily life, how to be a contributor to decreasing CO2 emission is not that a difficult question, right? Drive a hybrid or all-electric sedan, replace lights with LED, don’t consume electricity in vain. What else could we do for this? Please leave your comments below.
Anyway, please keep your eyes on the warmer climate, on the glacial ablation, and on these dying children.
Because, Life ought to be in focus.
I'm am 100% on board for a low carbon lifestyle and minimizing my contributions to global climate change. As an advocate, however, I am careful to distinguish between what we know about climate change and what we don't. The link between tropical diseases while certainly plausible has not been established. When we push hard with emotional phrases such as "these dying children" without having the facts on our side it makes our cause appear to be one purely of emotion which I believe weakens the cause.
There is some evidence coming in (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100303162906.htm), but even in "Climate Change One Factor in Malaria Spread" the authors are careful to point out:
"We assessed … conclusions from both sides and found that evidence for a role of climate in the dynamics is robust," write study authors Luis Fernando Chaves from Emory University and Constantianus Koenraadt of Wageningen University in the Netherlands. "However, we also argue that over-emphasizing a role for climate is misleading for setting a research agenda, even one which attempts to understand climate change impacts on emerging malaria patterns."
I think there are plenty of good arguments for reducing our carbon output based on settled science without resorting to tentative findings.
"we must be the change we wish to see in the world"
Right! May we agree about water, the sustenance of life? And how water is the holy grail, and how rare it is finding good clean water? May we agree, we take for granted, water, oxygen, and allow it to be fouled over again, forgetting the whole design of water is to prolong and promote life, forever? As in, world without end? And when the stuff becomes poison, we are the ones who did it to us? We were designed to respect water first, then drink if safe to do so. That's the design of the human being. Prove which he takes to, clean or dirty water. Prove the design there, and respect what H2O is, scientifically, and understand the Oxygen is fickle indeed.It will go wherever attracted, throughout the periodic table, making all kinds of rash stuff to kill and maim, or to heal and mend. Oxygen is everywhere, and it will go where it's least abused, and mostly used. It will bond, and you might not like the bondage of it at all. Face it. Nobody's been able to figure out how to unravel those complex carbonated chains of pollution we have floating around in the oceans. There's a deep reason why the oil was underground. Oil is by nature an insular medium, as in, insulation. Of course, there are scientist-types of Doubting Thomas's who would refute, simply because they like to use seven letter words. Hi Marco Polo. Happy New Year!
I don't even want to talk about pure hydrogen. I'm not that brave.
to change our climate is our responsibility . As to ourselves in daily life, how to be a contributor to decreasing CO2 emission is not that a difficult question, right? Drive a hybrid or all-electric sedan, replace lights with LED, don’t consume electricity in vain. What else could we do for this? Please leave your comments below.
OMG , to talk about the pure hydrogen need couragement. to change our climate is our responsibility.
Energy production at a fixed location is a good starting point. Solar powered refrigeration could cut demands from the energy grid, along with the solutions you have already outlined. Other than light, cooling/heating and transportation, there is communication and information handling. Our energy demands are huge. For every hard day's work, there's a power tool. It just seems for every handy appliance, there's got to be somebody out there (or here) who is thinking about doing it with less wattage.
When I bought my setup for the bicycle, I had a choice between a 24V or a 36V system. The bike works fine with 24. Hey I used to have a VW bug, while my buddies drove Camaro SS's. You get my drift.
So in lieu of a more precise and definite answer, I'd just double the call here. I like refrigerators and freezers, bikes, cycles, small cars, motor boats, flashlights, phones, internet, etc.
All somebody has to do to make a difference is to make these things do their thing with no help from the grid. That sounds like a good job for some very noble and frugal re-inventors.
Last time I checked, the earth's capacity for energy storage was measured in TerraWatts (is this correct?), trillions of watts in potential. Bottom line, the potential is more than what we will demand in the future. I guess the ancient ones were right when they pointed to the sky and said, the power is up there! Thousands of years later, we get to agree with them completely!