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Rich Countries Appear to be "Exporting" Air Pollution, Research Finds


GOVERNMENTS fret over traffic and other local nuisances that create filthy air. But research just published in Nature by Zhang Qiang, of Tsinghua University in Beijing, and an international team including environmental economists, physicists and disease experts, suggests the problem has a global dimension, too. Dr Zhang’s analysis estimates that in 2007—the first year for which complete industrial, epidemiological and trade data were available when the team started work—more than 3m premature deaths around the world were caused by emissions of fine particulate matter (known as PM2.5, because the particles in question are less than 2.5 microns across).

Of these, the team reckon just under an eighth were associated with pollutants released in a part of the world different from that in which the death occurred, thanks to transport of such particles from place to place by the wind. Almost twice as many (22% of the total) were a consequence of goods and services that were produced in one region (often poor) and then exported for consumption in another (often rich, and with more finicky environmental standards for its own manufacturers).

http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21719780-rich-countries-export-air-pollution-and-its-associated-mortality-they-import



People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.
- Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings

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  • mrpops09_CMOD_mrpops09_CMOD_ Chief Moderator
    This happens all the time. An extremely affluent area around where I lived stopped plans to build a highway near it. Consequently, the highway ended 15 miles short of it's original destination because living near a highway is for peasants.....There is a garbage dump for my city....guess where it's located? Not by the wealthy. 

    This is life, it's not fair.... People pay for privilege and money makes the world go round. There are winners and losers.... Not everyone can be a winner 
    Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
  • tazweisstazweiss Member
    How did Greenland become one of the worst offenders?  What's there besides some igloos and a couple of research stations?

    If the politicians treat people this poorly when they're armed to the teeth,

    just imagine what they'll be willing to do once they've disarmed everyone.

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    Perhaps it's highlighted because it's part of Denmark?
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • If you note the asterisk on Greenland, and the footnote at the bottom, Greenland is included in "Rest of the World."
    People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.
    - Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings
  • tazweisstazweiss Member
    :3 DOH

    If the politicians treat people this poorly when they're armed to the teeth,

    just imagine what they'll be willing to do once they've disarmed everyone.

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
     :pensive: 
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
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