Their breathing grows shallow, their heart rates
flutter, their muscles spasm, and then they die."
Death rates from "greenhouse gas" pollution are increasing
and are expected to multiply.
People who refuse to evacuate from extreme weather often do so to care for pets, or for the disabled.
Improvement in nutrition
Advances in clinical medicine…
Improved access to health care
Improvements in surveillance and monitoring of disease
Increases in education levels
Improvement in standards of living.”
“The sharp reduction in famine mortality represents ‘one of the great unacknowledged triumphs of our lifetime’.”
Late 20th century “developments…[which]…reduced…famine…[were]
increasing availability of food per person,
increasing agricultural yields;
improvements in healthcare
[improvements in] sanitation;
reduced food prices
reductions…in extreme poverty”
and the spread of stable democracies”
There were more than 100 million war deaths in the first half of the 20th century.
In recent decades though, there've been fewer and fewer deaths from violence - in war (see chart), or otherwise.
“We may now [the past 30+' years] live in the most peaceful time in our species’ existence.”
What are the reasons for the great increase in life expectancy?
In addition to the lists
mentioned above, there's also:
Women’s employment options
Plus improvements with infant health, obstetrics, etc.
And - “vaccinations or antibiotics, were necessary, but also…
Will we repeat the mistakes made 100 years ago?
Or can we stop creating the atmospheric conditions
for more droughts and floods
(and consequently more famine and fighting)?
The industrial revolution, with all of its pollution, brought us a multitude of benefits,
but we haven't been keeping up with the (ecological) payments.
The longer we postpone the necessary economic transition (away from a pollution-
dependent social structure), the exponentially more traumatic the torment will become.
Spread the word: a boycott will defund petro-dictators & fossil-fueled warlords, while fertilizing a green economy.