Environmental issues: climate change.
Sunday, February 17th: 11:30 a.m. to 4:00pm. Thousands of Americans will gather at the national mall in Washington, D.C to make ‘ForwardOnClimate’ the largest climate rally in history. The meeting will be followed by a march to the White House. The idea behind is for the rejection of the mammoth Keystone XL pipeline and putting limits on power plant carbon pollution in order to prevent disastrous climate change. This action is sponsored by the natural resources defense council foundation or NRDC to show President Obama how these issues are important.
- Scientists say that unless we curb the emissions that cause climate change, average U.S. temperatures could be 3 to 9 degrees higher by the end of the century. 2012 was the 10th warmest year since records keeping began in 1880.
Risk of illness and death increasing.
- In July 2006, heat wave contributed to the deaths of over 140 people.
- Smog pollution intensifies pollen allergies and asthma. Diesel exhaust particles can interact with pollen and do real serious damage to our lungs.
- Ground-level ozone smog production presents a serious threat to asthmatics.
- More infectious diseases like malaria, dengue fever, tick-borne encephalitis, and diarrheal illnesses.
- Increase of food borne illnesses such as salmonella and bacteria like Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
- Outdoor particulate pollution may impair fetal growth.