U.S. must lead fight against killer pollution

first_imgHarmful particulates, toxic chemicals and smog-forming gases result from fuel burning, from primitive dung-fired cooking stoves to massive coal-burning power plants.These and other forms of pollution promote asthma, heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and other maladies.Premature death is only one problem.Long-term impairment before death also results in human misery and material impoverishment. Developing nations, many of which lack strong environmental enforcement, are much worse off than developed countries, the study found.Poor and middle-income nations account for 92 percent of the premature deaths globally.Pollution drives a full quarter of deaths in some lower-income countries. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post. A major study published last month in the Lancet, a British medical journal, found that there is a global killer responsible for more yearly deaths than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.Pollution.The problem is pervasive, affecting every country on the planet.It is expensive, costing the globe a whopping $4.6 trillion a year — about 6 percent of global gross domestic product — in hours not worked, premature deaths, health spending and eroded quality of life.The study associated pollution with 1 in 6 premature deaths, 9 million people in 2015.Even if the numbers are off a bit, the magnitude is striking.Air pollution is the leading culprit, linked to 6.5 million deaths, followed by water pollution, with 1.8 million. The study’s authors argue that this human toll is not the inevitable price of development, nor a problem that will simply disappear with growth; countries should not “wait for an economy to reach a magical tipping point that will solve the problems of environmental degradation and pollution-related disease,” they write. Instead, the authors insist, developing nations should look to the United States.The creation of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970 and the enforcement of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, each passed in the early 1970s and updated since, resulted in dramatic reductions in harmful pollution, over a period of time in which the economy more than doubled in size.Not every pollution restriction that environmentalists dream up makes sense.But mandating relatively cheap pollution controls or, when possible, simply taxing polluters for the damage they do can result in a good value proposition for developing and developed nations alike. Poor countries struggling to pull their citizens out of abject poverty may yet find it tough to take the long view.Many Americans, including those in the Trump administration, still fail to do so. Conservative critics of environmental rules often overstate the potential costs of pollution controls and discount the benefits.The Trump administration is on this basis weakening pollution rules across the board, sending an early signal about its approach by tapping Scott Pruitt, a climate-change denier, to lead the EPA.Yet the United States has hardly finished the job; the nation still sees tons of pollution pumped into the air, directly harming people and contributing to global warming.Meanwhile, the federal government has not yet addressed other forms of pollution, such as toxic chemical exposure, with needed rigor, and the Trump administration has sent negative signals about its intentions to do so. The Lancet study should remind leaders in the United States and elsewhere that, though there are costs associated with restricting pollution, countries also incur costs by failing to do so.Finding the right balance requires acknowledging both sides and weighing them carefully.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Clippers see Mfiondu Kabengele and Terance Mann as their type of guys

first_img Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates At Monday’s awards event, the Seminole teammates could see members of their new team honored: Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell are finalists for the Sixth Man of the Year award and Doc Rivers is a finalist for Coach of the Year.The focus is on team success, Frank insisted, but still he’ll be rooting for Clippers on Monday.“I’m really, really optimistic that Lou Williams is gonna be Sixth Man of the Year for the third time,” Frank said. “I’m very biased, but I think Doc did as good a job as he’s ever done in terms of being a Coach of the Year candidate. Hopefully, he gets rewarded for the unbelievable moment, what he did for Dirk (Nowitzki).”With about 10 seconds left in a February game at Staples Center, Rivers grabbed a courtside mic and made an impromptu speech honoring the Dallas star.Related Articles MANHATTAN BEACH — A few years ago, Mfiondu Kabengele was an unknown Canadian high school hooper without the handles to suffice on the wing nor the height then to impress in the post – and zero scholarship offers because of it.On Thursday, he became a first-round pick in the NBA Draft. The Clippers sent a second-round pick and a 2020 first-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets in order to nab the now 6-foot-10 power forward from Florida State at No. 27 overall.Kabengele, 21, proved his value as a player, a worker and a teammate with the Seminoles, who were the first major program to offer him a scholarship after discovering him playing in Chicago against junior college teams for Don Bosco Prep School in Crown Point, Ind.Coming off the bench, Kabengele – the nephew of Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo – led the Seminoles to the most single-season victories in program history and to consecutive Sweet 16 appearances. He was the runaway selection for the ACC’s Sixth Man of the Year as well as a member of the conference’s All-Academic team. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters And when he heard his name called Thursday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, he opened his sleek blue blazer to reveal all 17 of his FSU teammates’ names stitched inside – including, of course, guard Terance Mann, whom the Clippers would select a little while later at No. 48.Both of them are exactly the Clippers’ kind of guys, President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank said late Thursday night when he addressed reporters at the Westdrift Manhattan Beach hotel.“We just have great comfort and understanding first in who they are as people, because we start there,” Frank said. “I can’t give enough credit to our scouts. They do an unbelievable job in terms of acquiring information to learn what’s inside here (head) and here (heart), and they try to talk to as many people as possible who’ve been involved in their lives, from the beginning until this point.”Turns out the Clippers had some relatively direct lines of inquiry to learn about Kabengele and Mann, Frank said. An FSU assistant coach worked one of the Clippers organization’s mini-camps last year and Mutombo played for the New Jersey Nets when Frank coached there.“So it’s amazing,” Frank said. “Just a small circle, the NBA community.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory The Clippers planned to have their draft picks and their families come to L.A. on Sunday, when they’ll have dinner with team officials, before attending the NBA Awards activities the next night, Frank said.Then they’ll get to go home for a short break before reporting for work June 30, when they’ll start “practicing with the group” before participating in Summer League action – where they’ll be joined by another Canadian prospect. Oshae Brissett, a 6-8 small forward from Syracuse who wasn’t drafted Thursday, tweeted Friday morning that he’d accepted an invitation to join the Clippers in Las Vegas. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error On Thursday, Kabengele spoke to those on-site in Brooklyn about his appreciation for Rivers’ reputation and coaching history.“I remember watching him as a kid,” said Kabengele, whose 22 points, along with Mann’s 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists, spurred FSU’s second-round victory over Ja Morant and Murray State in the NCAA Tournament in March.“I remember when the Lakers and Celtics (played in the NBA Finals) back in ’09 and ’10, just the way he carried that team and dealt with all that talent, the way he just managed everybody. And then, as he transitioned to the Clippers, the way he stayed competitive, acquiring great picks and getting great guys like Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell.“He just overall cares about the players. Everyone I’ve talked to talks about what a great coach Doc is.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 last_img read more