Air Pollution is Like Forcing Weak, Old and Young People to Smoke Every Day

Microscopic particulates that form from the use of fossil fuels for energy, transportation, industry and agriculture are the main cause of deaths from air pollution. The main sources of air pollution are from coal for energy generation and the various uses of oil for industry and transportation. There are also particulates from agriculture, wildfires. Emissions …

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Comparing the Life Extension Era with the Pre-Life Extension Era

Life extension has been happening for over 100 years. It doubled in the UK from 40 years to 80 years from 1850 to 2015. It has almost tripled in India from 24 to 69 from 1920 to 2015. An article written by Matthew Bacher on increasing life expectancy is like many other articles that do …

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China Cuts Coal Electricity From 68.5% to 57.7% Over 7 Years

China’s energy improvements are hugely important for the world. China has the highest share of global energy usage. China is the main global source of energy pollution. In 2019, China coal consumption was 57.7% of total energy consumption, a decrease of 10.8 percentage points from 2012 (68.5%). Clean energy (natural gas, hydropower, nuclear power and …

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Satellite Monitoring of Big Methane Leaks Can Enable Faster Climate Improvement

Natural gas power plants only emits half of the carbon dioxide as coal power plants. However, natural gas usage can result in a lot more methane leaks and emissions. One ton of methane emissions has the same warming effect as about 86 tons of CO2 over twenty years. Above is satellite images of large methane …

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Eight Giant Presses for Tesla Berlin and Walmart Canada Triples Tesla Semi Order

Tesmanian reports that the Tesla Berlin factory will have eight giant casting machines for the manufacturing of Model Y. Giga Presses are the largest high-pressure die casting machines in the world, with a clamping force of 6,100-tonne-force (60,000 kN) die casting machines for Giga Berlin. Elon Musk at Battery Day said that Tesla developed new …

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Provinces with 55% of Canada’s Population Working on Gen 4 Small Modular Nuclear Reactors

Alberta is joining New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan to work together to support the development and deployment of SMRs (small modular reactors). Combined the four provinces are 21 million out of Canada’s 38 million people. SMRs in the future could also support Alberta’s oil and gas industry by reducing their emissions. SMR’s can be used …

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Babies Exposed to High Air Pollution Have Structural Changes to Their Brain at Age 12

Significant early childhood exposure to traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) is associated with structural changes in the brain at the age of 12. Nextbigfuture believes this research is saying that there is some degree of long term brain damage or brain development abnormalities caused by high levels of air pollution. Higher levels of TRAP exposure at …

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German Nuclear Phase Out Boosted Emissions by 5% and Caused Over 10,000 Deaths

Carnegie Mellon University, Berkeley and other researchers used hourly data on power plant operations and a novel machine learning framework to estimate how German electrical plants would have operated differently if the nuclear phase-out had not occurred. They found that the lost nuclear electricity production due to the phase-out was replaced primarily by coal-fired production …

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Dehli Air Pollution is Seven Times Higher Than Beijing

India is taking over from China as the country with the worst air pollution. Dehli levels of dangerous particles (PM2.5, 2.5 micron) are about seven times higher than in the Chinese capital Beijing. An Indian health ministry official said the city’s pollution monitors did not have enough digits to accurately record pollution levels, which he …

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China Reduces Major Air Pollution By 60-72% From 2014 to 2017

China started a war on air pollution and they are making progress. The team found that between 2014 and 2017, China’s annual power plant emissions of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter dropped by 65%, 60% and 72% each year respectively from 2.21, 3.11 and 0.52 million tonnes in 2014 to 0.77, 1.26 and …

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In the USA, Farms Now Cause More Air Pollution Than Coal and Natural Gas for Electricity

The quality of the air in the United States has improved substantially. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford have found that, US-economy-wide, gross external damage (GED) due to premature mortality has decreased by more than 20% from 2008 to 2014. The paper is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Damages …

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