Carbon emissions exposed

The virus exposed the burning of fossil fuels an environmental health risk and climate change is making it worse. Higher temperatures speed up the formation of hazardous air pollution from tail pipes and industrial emissions. Air pollution makes it hard to breathe deeply, causes coughing and damages lungs, leaving them vulnerable to infection. Those who suffer from lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and black lung disease are at risk. Air pollution makes COVID worse by making peoples lungs more vulnerable to the infection.

It has been found that a high exposure to particulate pollution doubles the risk of COVID-19 infection. Individuals living in polluted areas were much more likely to die of the virus. Millions have died from the virus but quite a few have died due to their exposure to air pollution. Let’s prepare for future pandemics by eliminating fossil fuel emissions as quickly as possible by putting a price on carbon emissions and let the market do the rest.

Ronald Marshall


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