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US and Pollution

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by ethics, Jan 2, 2003.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Everyone knows that the United States is among the world's worst polluters, but a new report from the National Environmental Trust offers a striking comparison: Vermont (hear that, Ken?), the least significant polluter among the fifty states, by itself emits more greenhouse gases than thirty-three developing countries combined.

    Another recent NET report assesses California's air quality in the five most populous regions:

    Both newborns and adults in these five California air basins exceed EPA's recommended one-in-one million lifetime [cancer] risk with less than a year of exposure to California airnewborns by as much as a factor of 30, adults by as much as a factor of 15...

    A child born in the South Coast air basin has to live there only 12 days before he or she accumulates a lifetime's acceptable cancer risk. Children in the other four California air basins exceed the one-in-one million risk in 19 to 23 days.


    "First in Emissions, Behind in Solutions," "Toxic Beginnings: Cancer Risks to Children from California's Air Pollution," National Environmental Trust (environet.policy.net)

    Sobering and depressing.
     

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