What Your Club Should Know About CLIMATE AND HEALTH
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What Your Club Should Know About CLIMATE AND HEALTH

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This is a 20 minute talk for service clubs about how climate change and burning fossil fuels affects health in the US and in the developing world and what we can do about it.

This is a 20 minute talk for service clubs about how climate change and burning fossil fuels affects health in the US and in the developing world and what we can do about it.

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What Your Club Should Know About CLIMATE AND HEALTH What Your Club Should Know About CLIMATE AND HEALTH Presentation Transcript

  • WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE
  • Carbon is the building block of life CHOCOLATE CHOLESTEROL ALCOHOLSTARCH
  • EVERYTHING THAT WAS EVER ALIVE HAS CARBON IN IT
  • Burning releases carbon into the air as carbon dioxide (CO2).
  • Earth can only absorb half. The rest is building up in our atmosphere
  • where it blankets our planet, trapping heat from the sun.
  • WARMER Average Temperature Increase per Decade Since 1970
  • MORE EXTREME
  • WILDFIRE Yarnell Hill, AZ July 2013
  • Wildfire smoke causes heart attacks & strokes
  • triggers asthma attacks, and worsens emphysema
  • lowers birth weights
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  • Ozone Irritates the Lungs and Causes Asthma in Children, Deaths in Adults
  • POLLEN more for longer
  • MOLD causes asthma and triggers attacks
  • Rates of allergies and asthma have tripled since the 1960s von Hertzen L, Hanski I, Haahtela T. Natural Immunity. EMBO Reports 12:1089–1093, 2011
  • GROUND WATER CONTAMINATION with ARSENIC AND NITRATE Blue Baby
  • HARMFUL ALGAE BLOOMS Lake Erie near Toledo, OH 2011 11 million people drink this.
  • DUMPING OF UNTREATED SEWAGE Combined Sewer Overflow Pittsburgh, PA Allegheny River
  • WEST NILE VIRUS
  • Sources of GHG Top 10 causes of death
  • Air Pollution
  • HEART DISEASE,OBESITY, DIABETES; COLON CANCER ONE THIRD PROSTATE CANCER, AND RECURRENT BREAST CANCER DUE TO PHYSICAL INACTIVITY
  • MEAT EATING CONTEST FIRST PRIZE: Diabetes, Heart Disease, Cancer
  • SEA LEVEL RISE
  • DROUGHT AND FLOODS
  • DUST STORMS AND MENINGITIS
  • 30 million people displaced by climate change each year
  • 400,000 deaths/year due to climate change (1,000 children each day)
  • 2.5 million deaths per year from producing and burning fossil fuel
  • The US is the second largest emitter of CO2 and, of the top 10, has the largest per capita emissions.
  • A Healthy Prescription For Climate Action
  • ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION SMART DEVELOPMENT SAFE BIKING AND WALKING RAPID EFFICIENT PUBLIC TRANSIT
  • 10,000 colon cancers 215,000 heart attacks PREVENTED 570,000 new diabetes cases each year
  • ENERGY EFFICIENT CARS AND HOMES HOME RETROFITS, COMPETITIVE FUEL ECONOMY ZERO EMISSIONS VEHICLES 118 mpg eqivalent Zero Energy Home
  • INVEST AND INCENTIVIZE CLEAN ENERGY NO EXPORTS NO NEW COAL PLANTS COST OF DIRTY ENERGY UP FRONT
  • 20,000 Heart Attacks PREVENTED 23,000 Deaths each year
  • SUBSIDIZE FARMERS WHO GROW WHAT WE SHOULD EAT
  • 300,000 Heart Attacks/Strokes PREVENTED 260,000 New Diabetes Cases each year 144,000 Cancer Deaths
  • www.climate911.org Healthy People Healthy Planet