Harmful 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?
Margaret Eileen Veatch, age 89, of Osgood passed away on June 1, 2020 at Decatur County Memorial Hospital. Margaret was born on September 7, 1930 the daughter of the late John and Zella Shuy. She grew up and attended school in central Ohio.She would meet and marry Dean Veatch on April 13, 1952 in New Castle, Ohio. They would be blessed with 2 daughters Marsha and Denise. She worked at the Coshocton REMC for over 20 years before selling real estate. In the early 1970’s Dean’s work career would see them move to the Osgood community.Margaret remained at home and raised their children. She became a strong and faithful member of the Osgood United Methodist Church. She was also a 50 year plus member of the Eastern Stars. Margaret was also a member of Tri Kappa. She enjoyed doing needlepoint and playing the piano. Dean and she enjoyed traveling prior to his death.Margaret is survived by daughter Denise (Jack) Schuerman of Osgood, grandchildren; Josh Bittinger of Indianapolis, Tara (Dustin Castaleo) Schuerman of Connecticut, Matt (Erin) Schuerman of Osgood, and great grandchildren Charlotte, Elijah, Ira and Dean. She was preceded in death by husband Dean, daughter Marsha Bittinger, her parents, and sister Marian Warner.Graveside funeral services for family and friends, will be held on Thursday June 4, 2020 at 10:00 am. at Greendale Cemetery outside of Osgood. Memorials may be given to the Osgood United Methodist Church in care of Neals Funeral Home. Online condolences can be placed at Nealsfuneralhome.net