|Carbon emissions harmful to environment, health|
|Written by Erin Hogg, Daily Vidette Staff Writer|
|Sunday, 05 December 2010 20:18|
The InterAcademy Medical Panel reported carbon dioxide and other gas pollutants are not only harmful to the environment, but human health as well, according to a New York Times article.
The medical panel met on Nov. 26 and urged nations to adopt polices to lower emissions of harmful gases that may be linked to global warming, mainly carbon dioxide, in an effort to reduce both the environmental and health risks they pose.
Human health can be affected by pollutants in the environment because the warmer temperatures brought on by global warming would also bring diseases and malaria, Melissa Nergard, assistant manager of the office of sustainability, said.
The article explained other harmful effects of carbon emissions on human health would be large-scale displacement of people, malnutrition, fast-spreading infections, pulmonary disorders and increased heart stress.
The areas of the world in which these risks pose a serious threat are the nations that have contributed the least to curb carbon concentrations in the air. They are also the most vulnerable to a sea-level rise, malnutrition and crop destruction.
According to the article, changing policies and counteracting carbon emissions will be costly, but the outcome will be lesser costs in healthcare because people will be healthier.
Nergard said ISU is making changes to be more energy efficient and produce less carbon emissions.
“ISU has signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commission, which recognizes the need to be more energy efficient and develops plans to make the campus and community to achieve climate neutrality,” Nergard said.