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posted by martyb on Saturday May 14 2016, @04:57PM   Printer-friendly
from the clean-it-up dept.

Over 80 percent of the world's city dwellers breathe poor quality air, increasing their risk of lung cancer and other life-threatening diseases, a new World Health Organization (WHO) report warned Thursday.

Urban residents in poor countries are by far the worst affected, WHO said, noting that nearly every city (98 percent) in low- and middle-income countries has air which fails to meet the UN body's standards.

That number falls to 56 percent of cities in wealthier countries.

"Urban air pollution continues to rise at an alarming rate, wreaking havoc on human health," Maria Neira, the head of WHO's department of public health and environment, said in a statement.

There may be something to this--children in New York City are twice as likely to be hospitalized for asthma as the national average.

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  • (Score: 2, Disagree) by Justin Case on Saturday May 14 2016, @05:21PM

    by Justin Case (4239) Subscriber Badge on Saturday May 14 2016, @05:21PM (#346111) Journal

    Obvious solution: Stop breathing!

    Democrat solution: If you're a member of any identifiable victim group, whine about the way things are without ever asking what is the cause. Propose lots of legislation, regulation, taxes and spending, much of which will go to favored states instead of helping. But if you're a white male adult, stop breathing.

    Capitalist solution: Find a way to charge for clean air, then stink up the commons to "drive demand" for your product.

    Libertarian solution: Since you may not harm people without their consent, polluters must pay full restitution to whoever can show damages. This makes polluting more expensive than doing the right thing, rewarding the good guys and hopefully putting the bad guys out of business.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Gravis on Saturday May 14 2016, @05:28PM

    by Gravis (4596) on Saturday May 14 2016, @05:28PM (#346112)

    you forget the Republican solution: deny that there is a problem and threaten to ban the UN from meeting in New York! (^_^;)

    • (Score: 2) by schad on Saturday May 14 2016, @06:01PM

      by schad (2398) on Saturday May 14 2016, @06:01PM (#346122)

      The Republican solution is "We don't care, urban areas don't vote for us anyway."

  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 14 2016, @05:53PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 14 2016, @05:53PM (#346118)

    The libertarians, more ideologically naive than all other parties. Gj.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 14 2016, @10:18PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 14 2016, @10:18PM (#346185)

    Since all libertarians care about is greed and their ego, they will just find a way to isolate themselves in some "utopia" dome where sooner or later they'll evolve physically in the monsters they already are mentally.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 15 2016, @01:52AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 15 2016, @01:52AM (#346240)

      Interestingly, we have naked greed on display with this election, and more than enough ego to go around.

      All with minimal input from libertarians.

      How do you suppose that is?