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

Conner Hayes’ career ends as Cicero-North Syracuse loses in state semis, again

first_img Comments Published on November 17, 2018 at 10:48 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img ENDICOTT — When Cicero-North Syracuse’s season ended in 2017 in the state semifinal, Conner Hayes wrote down a number on a chalkboard in his room of how many days it would be until the 2018 season.Saturday, his 2018 season ended in the state semis again, and there’s no new high school season to count down to. The senior has played his final snap in a C-NS uniform after four years as a starter, which included leading the Northstars to their first, and then second, sectional titles.Section III’s C-NS (11-1) couldn’t handle the speed of Section V’s Aquinas (12-0) on Saturday at Union-Endicott High School in the Class AA New York state semis, as C-NS lost 28-21. Aquinas will head on to the state final next weekend at the Carrier Dome, while the Northstars season ends two wins short of a state title for the second year in a row.“We played a really good football team and we made some mistakes early on, and we can’t make mistakes,” C-NS head coach Dave Kline said.The Northstars won the toss and chose to receive the opening kickoff, and it looked like the right move. C-NS moved right down the field, and Hayes ended up connecting with fellow senior Shy’rel Broadwater for a 39-yard touchdown down the seam.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe rest of the first half was all Aquinas, though. A jet sweep turned jump pass from Kobe McNair to Isaac Bushen knotted the game up. Then Tyler Szalkowski found McNair for a short touchdown through the air. And then Caron Robinson juked by a defender to run for an 8-yard touchdown.The opening drive of the second half could’ve been a backbreaker for C-NS after the Lil’ Irish received the half-opening kick. Aquinas went 95 yards down the field and completed the series with a second touchdown from Szalkowski to McNair. But the Northstars didn’t quit.“The fight they showed, the heart they showed, the character they showed,” Kline said. “We were down 28-7, it would have been easy to roll over and die. And these kids didn’t do that. They fought. They fought. They fought.”Twice, Jaiquawn McGriff found the end zone to bring the game closer. And the Northstars got the final stop they needed, getting the ball back with 1:51 to go and 85 yards to drive.But on fourth down near the 50, Hayes unleashed a high-arcing pass toward the right sideline. There were three Aquinas defenders under the descending throw, and there was C-NS’ Broadwater. The senior receiver has caught 75 passes in his career, most from Hayes. But as he leaped to snag this one, the defense broke it up. The ball fell to the turf, as did Broadwater. Aquinas knelt twice, and that was it for Hayes, Broadwater, McGriff and the Northstars.Four years ago, Hayes took over as C-NS starting quarterback. The Northstars had just gone 3-5. They went 5-4 in their first year under Hayes and Kline. In 2016, most of the rest of this year’s senior class joined the squad. They proceeded to go 32-3 in the past three seasons. They won the first sectional title in the school’s history, and then repeated.“They’re just a special group of kids,” Kline said. “That’s one heck of a stretch for a group of young men to step up and do.”It was a “brick by brick” process that began four years ago, Hayes said this summer. After Saturday’s game, Kline implored his group to “look at the big picture,” to recognize what they’d accomplish and what it meant for the program. Through the handshake line, he asked them to keep their heads up. As always, they walked off in two lines, a team for every second they’re on the field.“I’ll take my guys in my locker room every day of the week,” Kline said.And for Hayes, it was always about winning football games. C-NS won 37 across the course of his four seasons as a starter. He embraced the leadership role Kline needed him to take on. When his defense needed a stop late in the game Saturday, he stood on the edge of the sideline, clapping and cheering them on. After the final whistle had sounded, he met most of his teammates before the handshake line, embracing them himself.In the preseason, Hayes was asked how he wanted to be remembered when his time at C-NS was done. He answered “a good teammate, a good team player, just a good football player all around and a good person.” Then he went on to speak about how he wanted to represent C-NS and “show out” for his school.For the last four years, on most fall weekends in central New York, Hayes did that. And on Saturday, from his opening touchdown pass to his hugs to console teammates after the game, Hayes kept doing it until the end.last_img read more