Disproportionate effects of global warming and pollution on disadvantaged communities

Dec 22, 2009

Global warming, pollution, and the environmental consequences of energy production impose a greater burden on low-income, disadvantaged communities, and strategies to prevent these inequities are urgently needed. A provocative collection of articles on climate justice presents the global implications of climate change and its effects on human health and the environment in a special issue of Environmental Justice, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

This important series of articles emerged from a conference on climate justice held earlier this year in New York City, co-hosted by West Harlem Environmental Action (WE ACT) and the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change. WE ACT, an active participant in the climate debate and the environmental justice movement, compiled the special issue under the leadership of Guest Editor Peggy Shepard.

The articles explore a range of topics, including "The Environmental Injustice of 'Clean Coal'," by Stephanie Tyree and Maron Greenleaf and "Climate Change, Heat Waves, and Environmental Justice," by Jalonne White-Newsome and colleagues. The issue offers both a global perspective in "The International Dimension of Climate Justice and the Need for International Adaptation Funding," by J. Timmons Roberts, and a focus on more local concerns, including "Minding the Climate Gap: Environmental Health and Equity Implications of Policies in California," by Seth Shonkoff and coauthors, and "Best in Show? Climate and Environmental Justice Policy in California," by Julie Sze et al.

"Facilitating Climate Justice Through Community-Based Adaptation in the Health Sector," by Kristie Ebi and "U.S. and Climate Change," by Perry Sheffield and Maida Galvez discuss the implications of on human health and on healthcare utilization.

"During the last days of December 2009 the global community has waited with anticipation for the decisions among government leaders during the World Climate Change Meeting in Copenhagen," said Sylvia Hood Washington, PhD MSE, ND, Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Justice, and Research Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. "This rapt world attention about what is going to be done about the climate change problem exists because many understand that the problems that we face now and will face in the future from rising temperatures on our planet are inexorably tied to the equity of global health and not just global political/economics in a rapidly increasing industrialized world community. Readers will be immersed in the complexities of the imbalanced economy of human health in the context of recognized climate change in this first special issue of the Journal."

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More information: The entire issue is available online at www.liebertpub.com/env

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HurfDurf
4.2 / 5 (5) Dec 22, 2009
What absolutely laughable bullshit! "Climate justice", what a joke. As if climate observes political and economic boundries! LOL! Something thought up by little wannabe authoritarians with too little education and too much time on their hands (aka politicians). hahah!
omatumr
2.3 / 5 (6) Dec 22, 2009
"Global warming, pollution, and the environmental consequences of energy production impose a greater burden on low-income, disadvantaged communities, and strategies to prevent these inequities are urgently needed."

What absolutely laughable bullshit! "Climate justice", what a joke. As if climate observes political and economic boundries! LOL! Something thought up by little wannabe authoritarians with too little education and too much time on their hands (aka politicians). hahah!


You are right on target!

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Phelankell
3.4 / 5 (5) Dec 23, 2009
It's funny, the majority of regions that are considered disadvantaged are the same regions that have little to no energy generation facilities within their borders.

If we change our methodology to include adaptation as opposed to only giving lip service to prevention, perhaps we can properly industrialize these nations and serve two goals by both reducing pollution and elevating the disadvantaged.
Benier_Duster
1 / 5 (4) Dec 23, 2009
We could also supply the tools for revolution, at least that way we could make more money out of them ;-)
Phelankell
4 / 5 (4) Dec 23, 2009
We could also supply the tools for revolution, at least that way we could make more money out of them ;-)

I think the US has spent enough time in imperialism mode. Perhaps a return to our standard methodologies of non-interference and unilateralism are neede.
freethinking
2.8 / 5 (9) Dec 23, 2009
I had a discussion with a brainwashed ignorate AGW proponent a couple of years ago. I suggested that we spend money on providing poor Africans gas (colman type) stoves to use so that they wouldn't burn dung to cook with. She insisted that burning dung was all natural, carbon nutral, better for the environment than burning evil gas. When I suggested she cook inside her appartment using a charcoal BBQ (please don't do it, it WILL kill you) she said it was stupid because we have electricity. AGW

It is AGW proponents that keep and make people poor for their crazy non-scientific socialist agenda.

Hopefully now that climategate has exposed the fraud, the rich AGW extorsionist will start loosing money. It looks like it can happen, the link below shows the value of carbon trading has dropped. Lets hope Al Gore and his AGW crew loose enough money so they cant fly private jets anymore.

http://www.ft.com..._check=1
Benier_Duster
Dec 23, 2009
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Birthmark
4.5 / 5 (2) Dec 23, 2009
I heard of the conspiracy now :D that it's the sun causing global warming, and humans have no cause what-so-ever. Seems strange to me though, cause just one volcano can cause the world to plummet 1-2 degrees for over a year, yet 6 billion people can't do that much and they're polluting non-stop for decades? I don't know what I think about global warming, but pollution is a major hazard to our health, so changing the way we get energy is a major advantage :D
freethinking
1.6 / 5 (7) Dec 23, 2009
Benier_Duster, conservatives are trying to get Physorg to be a science forum instead of a leftist propaganda arm. Science is about facts, theories that are debated, discoveries.

AGW proponents and leftists have corrupted science and made it political long ago. All you need to do is research climategate (stop alternative theories at all cost, delete source data, manipulate models, etc.)

In the humanities it is just as bad if not worse. Show me one study from them that doesnt show conservatives or religious people as stupid, ignorant, hateful, or anything else that is negative. (Then if your interested research the research and you will see how bad it is).

Benier_Duster
1.8 / 5 (5) Dec 23, 2009
The sad thing is, I think you guys actually believe what you think. Considering 40% of Americans don't believe the Earth is over 10,000 years old and believe in Intelligent Design then I suppose you'll believe in your own paranoia and conspiracy theories.
Benier_Duster
2.3 / 5 (6) Dec 23, 2009
I had a discussion with a brainwashed ignorate AGW proponent a couple of years ago. I suggested that we spend money on providing poor Africans gas (colman type) stoves to use so that they wouldn't burn dung to cook with. She insisted that burning dung was all natural, carbon nutral, better for the environment than burning evil gas.


I'm sure this person, if they were aware of the economic reality of 99%+ of Africans, would have also mentioned that these people cannot afford gas. Urban sub-Saharan Africans earn less than the equivalent of $3.00 a day if employed. Rural sub Saharan Africans earn a lot less, and this little money comes once a year. Not having travelled to North Africa as much I am not sure what their income is though I expect rural families have similar sums to survive on. Dung has been used for millenium and,as they don't burn it inside closed spacements such as your apartment don't die of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Velanarris
2.1 / 5 (7) Dec 23, 2009
The sad thing is, I think you guys actually believe what you think. Considering 40% of Americans don't believe the Earth is over 10,000 years old and believe in Intelligent Design then I suppose you'll believe in your own paranoia and conspiracy theories.

Who's convincing who here? If anything, requiring definitive proof of AGW would be a divorce from ID and other proofless creationist theories.

In insulting others make sure you're free of blame in that insult you hurl.
freethinking
2.5 / 5 (8) Dec 23, 2009
Benier, the burning of dung reduces their life span, health significantly. The AGW person would PREVENT them from getting gas stoves even if they could afford it as it would in her limited brainwashed mind increase AGW. In fact it would significantly reduce pollution, increase their health, provide them with more time to earn more income. But helping the Poor is not AGW proponents goal, its not even about helping the environment.
Providing poor people with clean water, proper infrastructure, clean cooking fuel, is a whole lot cheaper than a couple of AGW confeneces. I wonder how many camp stoves could have been fueled with just 1 of the many of the private jets flown to the latest conference?

I'm not going to discuss ID or creationism here as we are talking about AGW. Typical AGW believer/proponent tactic is to divert attention, change the subject, or start calling names when there fact are shown false, and their arguments are proved weak.
Velanarris
2.6 / 5 (7) Dec 23, 2009
Freethinking, you bring up a good point and a better question.

How many new jobs and in turn greater salaries and life improvements would be created by modernizing their infrastructure? In addition to that piece is the fact that since their infrastructure is almost non-existant, these nations can be the testbed for more advanced technologies and more efficient methods of energy and infrastructure creation.
Foolish1
3.7 / 5 (3) Dec 23, 2009
One general comment I'll make which needs to be said is that it is all too easy to blaim ones locally generated aliments on global warming. For example environmental issues in Africa are being activly blaimed on "global warming" when in fact they are a direct result of gross mismanagement of local lands. Every time there is a record setting forest fire in California someone brings up global warming when in fact there is no real connection.

Given global temperatures have not changed appreciably in the past decade its silly to go around blaiming our local environmental messes on global warming.

It is very hard to understand or sell the very real fact there is a potentially catastrophic problem to people who may be asked to make sacrafices when there is such a vaccume of trust, understanding and honest (non political!) discussion of issues.

Nobody wants their children to be worse off than they are. Lets start there.
freethinking
2.8 / 5 (9) Dec 23, 2009
Velanarris, I agree with you. In the US and Western Europe must of the telephone infrastructure is already build using copper and cable, many of the developing countries are skipping that going right to wireless. They are doing so because copper is so expensive, and as soon as you string it up, someone is taking it down to sell on the black market.

I'm not saying Africa needs to give gas stoves to everyone, but just to show how stupid and uncaring the AGW crowd really is.

What might be a good idea, is a device that changes dung to a gas to burn. This would create jobs, increase health and income, etc.

So the money spent on one AGW conferense/part for the rich and famous could have created how many of these generators?
MikeyK
1.8 / 5 (5) Dec 23, 2009
Who's convincing who here? If anything, requiring definitive proof of AGW would be a divorce from ID and other proofless creationist theories.
In insulting others make sure you're free of blame in that insult you hurl.

No insults here, just facts.
Phelankell
3 / 5 (6) Dec 24, 2009
No insults here, just facts.
Well it is not a fact that skepticism in AGW denotes belief in ID or Flat Earth hypotheses.

On an aside, I'm sure I'm not the only one who's noticed the (potentially) ironic name of the Carbon Regulatory Offset Committee (CROC).
GrayMouser
3 / 5 (7) Dec 25, 2009
No insults here, just facts.

What about the fact that the greenhouse effect has nothing to do with glass, IR radiation, or grenhouse gases and was proved to be false in 1909 by Wood?
R. W. Wood, Note on the theory of the greenhouse, Philosophical Magazine 17, 319
(1909).

The experiment is so simple that it can be done for a science fair project by pr-high school students. It shows that the warming effect in the greenhouse is caused by blocking convective cooling (Wood compared glass to NaCl, which is transparent in the IR, and got the same temperatures.)
operator
3 / 5 (4) Dec 26, 2009
@ freethinking
"In the humanities it is just as bad if not worse. Show me one study from them that doesnt show conservatives or religious people as stupid, ignorant, hateful, or anything else that is negative. (Then if your interested research the research and you will see how bad it is)."

could that possibly be because stupid, ignorant, hatefull, an may i add bullying people generally find an easy channel for their vitriol through religion and being conservative.
Phelankell
2.3 / 5 (3) Dec 28, 2009
could that possibly be because stupid, ignorant, hatefull, an may i add bullying people generally find an easy channel for their vitriol through religion and being conservative.

They also find it within the confines of internet rantings on comment boards. Pot, Kettle, Black my friend.