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Almost Half Of Americans Live With Unhealthy Levels Of Air Pollution

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“Report finds 148 million living in areas where smog and soot particles are health risk, with climate change likely to worsen conditions.”

While I normally don’t mind the Guardian, I must point out a glaring missing point in this Wall of Shame article. We’ve got to get more accountable !

This article, which does speak scary truth, never mentions anything about population or consumption habits in these areas. The article photo shown is in California, where wildfires are sparking; an issue that also looms over us here in Colorado.

“Nearly half of all Americans live in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to an American Lung Association (ALA) report released Wednesday.”

Air pollution… why? Overconsumption. Maybe naysayers may say, 'Well duh, GrowthBiasBusted, we all know that.' – Well, do we ALL? And even if we all did at some level, isn’t it TIME for our MEDIA to stand up and remind us by actually writing stories that give us the full picture, instead of just superficial facts that we are desensitized to?

It’s time for “the environment” to stop being some abstract concept outside of us. It is us. It is all of us, everywhere.

“The report, which is based on data collected between 2010 and 2012, found smog, or ozone, had worsened in 22 of the 25 biggest US metropolitan areas, including Los Angeles, Houston, Washington-Baltimore, New York City and Chicago – and said there was a high risk of more high-ozone days because of climate change.”

Because of climate change... because of why? Again, there is something so much deeper missing here.

"Weather played a factor," the report said. "The warmer summers in 2010 and 2012 contributed to higher ozone readings and more frequent ozone days. Sunlight and heat create conditions that increase the risk of high ozone levels."

I don’t disagree with these facts… but what about human and overgrowth factors?

“Air pollution in New Delhi rose to record levels in winter, triggering a debate about whether the Indian capital had now caught up with Beijing. Britain was on smog alert earlier this month after recording very high levels of air pollution.”

Ugh. I do not like the use of “caught up” in this quote.

“Eighteen of the 25 US cities with the worst particulate pollution saw a drop in year-round particle pollutants because of cuts in emissions for coal-fired power plants and other measures. Thirteen of them, including Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Atlanta, registered their lowest ever levels. But the report said those cities still failed to meet national standards for year-round particle pollution.”

Why did the cuts in emissions and other measures happen? Because we the people demanded it! We called for it, and the changes happened. Sadly, the standards are still not met (and we honestly need higher standards) but I see a future where we can attain that. Especially with the use of super plants that are currently widely illegal like hemp, which as the ability to remove the most carbon from the air than virtually any other plant and that can clean toxicities from the water, we can heal this Earth. But only if we stop growing and stop over consuming.

And of course, with my personal declaration that my millennial age group IS transforming the world and will continue to change the way we do things on the planet together with all people—we can do it.

I just hope the Guardian chooses to paint the FULL picture, even if it’s ugly, from now on. For the sake of waking people up.

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