Air pollution costs $2.9-T a year – NGO report

first_imgThe report from the Center for Researchon Energy and Clean Air (CREA) and Greenpeace Southeast Asia is the first toassess the global cost of air pollution specifically from burning oil, gas andcoal. Middle-range estimates of the number ofpremature deaths stemming from fossil fuel pollution include 398,000 for theEuropean Union, 230,000 for the United States, 96,000 for Bangladesh, and44,000 for Indonesia. Each year the global economy takes a$350 billion hit from nitrogen dioxide (NO2) – a byproduct of fossil fuelcombustion in vehicles and power plants – and a further $380 billion hit fromozone, according to middle-ground estimates. Air pollution is a focal point of socialdiscontent in some parts of the world, leading some experts to speculate thatit could drive a more rapid drawdown of fossil fuel use. (AFP) PARIS – The global cost of airpollution caused by fossil fuels is $8 billion a day, or roughly 3.3 percent ofthe entire world’s economic output, an environmental research group said onWednesday. Globally, air pollution accounts for 29percent of all deaths and disease from lung cancer, 17 percent from acute lowerrespiratory infection, and a quarter from stroke and heart disease, accordingto the WHO. Living in the New Delhi area of India islike smoking 10 cigarettes a day, earlier research has shown. Particles thrown off by fossil fuelusage account for 4.5 million premature deaths each year around the globe,including 1.8 million in China and a million in India, the researchers found.center_img Among countries taking the biggesteconomic hit each year are China ($900 billion), the United States ($610billion), India ($150 billion), Germany ($140 billion), Japan ($130 billion),Russia ($68 billion) and Britain ($66 billion). “We found that the China Mainland, theUnited States and India bear the highest costs from fossil fuel air pollutionworldwide, an estimated $900 billion, $600 billion and $150 billion per year,respectively,” the report said. The new figure is in line with WorldHealth Organization (WHO) estimates of 4.2 million deaths each year linked toground-level air pollution, mostly from heart disease, stroke, lung cancer andacute respiratory infections in children. The 44-page report breaks down theglobal burden of fossil fuel-driven air pollution – measured in economic costsand premature deaths – by type of pollutant and by country. The global cost for 2018 was $2.9trillion, the report estimated. Globally, air pollution accounts for 29 percent of all deaths and disease from lung cancer, 17 percent from acute lower respiratory infection, and a quarter from stroke and heart disease, according to the World Health Organization. NRDClast_img read more

Ellsworth boys run past WA to reach Northern Maine title game

first_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Posts Bio MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] BANGOR — Peter Austin had one goal for his players entering Wednesday night’s Northern Maine tournament game: Play loose.Although Austin’s Ellsworth boys’ basketball team has been one of the top Class B North contenders all season long, the Eagles didn’t necessarily assert themselves in their opening tourney game Friday against Winslow. Ellsworth scored a victory in the end, but the head coach knew his team would have to be less timid out of the gate in the semifinals.“We got the win, and that’s all that matters, but we were a bit tight,” Austin said of his team’s 58-51 quarterfinal victory. “We knew we were going to have to come out and be looser and more relaxed tonight.”Ellsworth was only loose for one of two halves, but in the end, that hardly mattered; by the time their opponents could deliver a proper response, the Eagles had effectively buried them with an early effort their coach described as “perfect.”Ellsworth’s Darby Barry skies for a layup during the first half a boys’ basketball playoff game against Washington Academy on Feb. 19 at the Cross Insurance Center. No. 2 Ellsworth (17-3) will face No. 1 Caribou (19-1) in the Class B North championship game at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. BARRY GUTRADT PHOTOThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth defeated Washington Academy 54-34 in Wednesday night’s regional semifinal showdown at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The win came as the Eagles outscored the Raiders 36-14 in the first half and kept them in check in the second to earn a spot in the Northern Maine championship game.After third-ranked Washington Academy (14-6) scored first on a free throw, Ellsworth scored the next eight points with Hunter Curtis making two shots at the line and Jackson Curtis and Connor Crawford hitting 3-pointers. Although the Raiders got two of the next three baskets, Jackson Curtis responded with the next seven points to put the Eagles up 12 with two minutes left in the first quarter.Entering the second quarter with a 17-7 lead, No. 2 Ellsworth (17-3) went through a bit of an offensive drought after scoring the first two baskets of the period. Yet Washington Academy scored just four points during the Eagles’ brief slump, and Ellsworth responded with a 15-3 run to head to the locker room with a 22-point lead.“When we got the ball inside, they all collapsed, so we kicked out and hit shots,” Jackson Curtis said. “When they stopped collapsing, we were able to get layups. We just take what the defense gives us.”Ellsworth endured another rough offensive spell to begin the third quarter as it went nearly six minutes without a basket. Washington Academy would only get as close as 42-27 in the period, but after a Joshua Ketchen 3-pointer cut it to that margin, Austin was feeling a tad uneasy.“It felt closer than that at times,” Austin said. “I think [our players] tightened up a little bit, and we didn’t run our offense the way I wanted to run our offense. It looked like we were overpassing a little bit instead of attacking the basket.”Ellsworth got a Hunter Curtis basket to end the third quarter and two Darby Barry free throws to begin the fourth, but Washington Academy countered with a 7-0 run to cut the Eagles’ lead to 12. Yet the Raiders wouldn’t score again as Ellsworth scored the final eight points to book a spot in the Northern Maine championship game.Ellsworth’s Jackson Curtis keeps the ball away from Washington Academy’s Cecil Gray during the second half of a boys’ basketball playoff game Feb. 19 at the Cross Insurance Center. Curtis scored 10 of Ellsworth’s first 17 to points to power his team to an early lead. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLHunter Curtis led Ellsworth with 17 points, and Barry and Jackson Curtis joined him in double figures with 11 and 10, respectively. The Eagles also got six points apiece from Crawford and J’Von James, three from Austin Harris and one from Nick Kane.As Ellsworth found out when it lost to Washington Academy 45-43 in its Dec. 11 season opener, the Raiders tend to gravitate toward a four-corner stall when they establish an early lead. Yet with the Eagles taking control early, Washington Academy was well out of its comfort zone as it sought to find a way back into the game.“To get a big lead against that team is huge because then they can’t slow the pace down,” Jackson Curtis said. “They had to speed themselves up, and that’s not what they want to do.”Ellsworth will face No. 1 Caribou (19-1) in the Class B North championship game at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Caribou dismantled 12th-ranked Old Town (11-10) 73-32 in Wednesday’s other Class B North semifinal.Saturday’s game will be Ellsworth’s third this year against Caribou, which beat the Eagles 74-42 and 65-49 in the regular season. Yet Ellsworth also suffered blowout regular season losses to the Vikings last season before taking them to the wire in the Northern Maine semis, and with a regional championship on the line, the Eagles are ready to hit the defending state champs with everything they have.“It’s hard a beat a team three times,” Jackson Curtis said. “It’ll be tough, but we’ve got a plan for them. … We know what we’re getting into.”last_img read more