Monday, January 6, 2014

England's efforts

In 2012, the BBC did a report on how scientists examine London's pollution levels. While not actually providing much concrete data on the matter, they did demonstrate some of the directions that British government funding went toward. The video starts out with a BBC corespondent standing in a plane that examines pollution levels. When the corespondent demonstrates all of the features of the plane, the viewers should begin to understand just how much money England is pouring into solving the problem. Besides showing off the research plane, the reporter also demonstrates various research locations for scientists in the London area and some of the work that they have done. When he finishes describing, the viewers should leave understanding the gigantic amounts of money that the country is spending on solving the issue.

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The State of the World

On the 15th of July, 2013, the BBC reported the results from a study done by the World Health Organization. The study states that 2.1 million people are killed because of air pollution annually. The WHO also added that ridding the world of air pollution must an international initiative. They say, quite accurately, that air pollution is an issue that affects both the developed and the developing worlds and, as such, must be stopped by both. To make it especially clear that air pollution greatly affects the developed world, they also added that, "Even in the EU, life expectancy is 8.6 months lower [as a result of] exposure to PM2.5 produced by human activities." This was a powerful statistic to add in order to convince even the skeptics.

The WHO did not, however, go into the details of how to solve the issue at hand. Even though they stated that cleaning up the world must be an international effort, they did not say how big of a role individual nations should play in the process. The study was most likely aimed to shock the global community into making strides toward a cleaner tomorrow, but I have not seen any major developments so far.

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