Your Health Is At Risk
Health Impacts of Climate Change
Extracting & Burning fossil fuels produces significant quantities compounds that hurt our health. They range from: carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide, volatile organic compounds and small airborne particulates. In addition to Arsenic (Source: Coal), Mercury (Source: Coal), Oil Vapors (Source: oil spills) and Methane (Source: Natural gas).
Some of the known health effects of these pollutants
- Asthma, Respiratory Allergies & Airway Diseases
- Cardiovascular Disease & Stroke
- Foodborne Diseases and Nutrition
- Heat-Related Morbidity & Mortality
- Neurological Diseases & Disorders
- Waterborne Diseases
What you can Do and What you should know
The city of Albuquerque monitors the following pollutants
- Carbon monoxide (CO)
- Nitrogen dioxide (NO2)
- Sulfur dioxide (SO2)
- Ozone (O3)
- Coarse Particulate Matter (PM10)
- Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5)
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Reduce Your Meat Consumption: 1 lb of beef = 19 lbs of CO2
Eating red meat is bad for your health and the planet. 51% or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, according to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute.
Every time you eat animal-derived foods, you’re also ingesting fecal material, antibiotics, dioxins, growth hormones and a host of other substances, some toxic, that can accumulate in your body and remain there for years.
Every time you choose a quarter-pound of a plant-based burger instead of a burger made from a cow,
- You save the water equivalent of a 10 minute shower
- You spare 18 driving miles worth of greenhouse gases
- You spare 75 square feet of land for wildlife
Consider Red Meat Alternatives
Consider This: Impossible Foods spent $182 million and six years of research and development to produce a plant-based burger called the “Impossible Burger,” with the goal to save the world by making food more sustainable.
Local News & Analysis:
Vulnerable to climate change, New Mexicans understand its risks
By Laura Paskus: The NM Political Report
The southwestern United States is already experiencing rising temperatures, increased wildfire, large-scale forest die-offs and constraints on water supplies. In a 2014 assessment of the U.S., scientists said the Southwest—which encompasses 56 million people in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California—is particularly vulnerable to global warming impacts. The Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest U.S. noted a number of issues, including declines in snowpack and streamflows, economic hardships in rural areas affected by crop yield decreases, more wildfires and insect outbreaks, disruptions to urban electricity and water supplies and impacts to public health from wildfires, dust and allergens.
Why Health Professionals Reject Natural Gas
PSR‘s report, based on summaries of recent medical and scientific studies, clearly conveys the health threats that accompany use of methane as a fuel. Here are some of the key findings it reports:
- Proximity to fracking operations are associated with congenital heart defects, increased risk of high-risk pregnancy and premature birth, worsening asthma, and increased rates of hospitalization for cardiac, neurological and cancer-related problems.
- Methane accelerates climate change. It is more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide over its first hundred years in the atmosphere—fully 86 times more potent over its first 20 years.
- Methane has been found to leak from fracking wells, equipment, and pipelines at rates that make it worse for the environment than coal. Those leakage rates, if sustained, move us closer to climate catastrophe.
Race is the biggest indicator in the US of whether you live near toxic waste
In 2016, a study published in Environmental Research Letters found “a consistent pattern over a 30-year period of placing hazardous waste facilities in neighborhoods where poor people and people of color live.”
People of color in the US are also exposed to a 38% higher level of nitrogen dioxide, on average, than white people. Nitrogen dioxide is pumped out of power plants and exhaust pipes on cars and trucks, and is linked to asthma, bronchitis, and a host of other respiratory problems. And when a power plant emits nitrogen dioxide, it likely also emits sulfur dioxide, another respiratory irritant