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Showing posts from June, 2021

Toll from coal

 Coal-fired power plants are the U.S.’s most significant industrial polluters. The air pollutants from power factories - carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, small particles, mercury, and other air toxins- harm public health, produce harmful ozone smog levels, and fine particulate pollution that damages lungs and shaves years off people’s lives. Since the year 2000, the Clean Air Task Force has published studies based on work by Abt Associates, U.S. EPA’s health benefits consultant relying on peer-reviewed, posted methodology to quantify the deaths and other adverse health consequences attributable to the fine particle air pollution resulting from power plant emissions. Using the most recent emissions data (2019), Clean Air Task Force used the CO-Benefits Risk Assessment (COBRA) Health Impacts Screening and Mapping Tool developed by Abt Associates to estimate the death and illness due to coal plant fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in that year.

Carbon Neutral Goals by Country

At the U.S. Climate Summit in April 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden urged nations to either speed up carbon-neutral obligations. It’s a accelerate to the Paris Agreement, which keeps signatories pledged to reach carbon neutrality in emissions in the 2nd half of the 21st century. But 2050–2100 is a broad timeframe, and climate change is becoming increasingly more frightful. So when are nations assigned to reaching net-zero carbon emissions, and how solemn is their word?  The infographic below created by the National Public Utility Council shows the world’s carbon-neutral obligations. One hundred thirty-seven nations have pledged to carbon neutrality, as tracked by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit and approved by promises to the Carbon Neutrality Coalition and recent government policy announcements. Bhutan and Suriname are just two nations that have reached carbon neutrality. Uruguay's 2030 mark is the earliest to attempt and match that action, accompanied by Finland, Austri