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 "Every  year  heat  kills  tens  of  thousands  of  people

  Their  breathing  grows  shallow,  their  heart  rates 

  flutter,  their muscles  spasm,  and  then  they  die." 


Pollution  is  the  largest   environmental  cause  of   disease  and

 premature  death 

 in  the  world.” 

 Estimates  of  annual  (premature)   pollution-related  deaths  start 

 at  4  million  and  are  mostly  due   to  "local"  pollution

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.

 "A  rapid  phaseout  of  fossil-fuel-related  emissions...

          [is] needed  to  save  millions  of  lives."

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 Previously, "an annual death toll in the millions was common, usually as the result of floods,   droughts or famine."  Since 1966, however, there's been dramatic improvement: 

“There are a variety of causes for this steep decline in death rates in the [later] 20th century:

  • Environmental interventions

  • 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] 


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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. 

Worldwide, homicide rates may have dropped as much as 20% since 1990. 

Deaths by genocide have also significantly declined in the past 40 years

“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 education 

 Birth control 

 Women’s employment options 

 Plus improvements with infant health,   obstetrics, etc. 

 And - “vaccinations or antibiotics,   were necessary, but also…

 improved public sanitation and

 publicly funded healthcare.” 

 Many of us have become so accustomed to 

 our 21st century lifestyle, that we've lost track 

 of how the current global culture has been the 

 - most peaceful (see above) 

 - most healthy (see above) 

 - most prosperous 

 - and most populous 

 epoch in human history. 

 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.  

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