Love that tree, worship that tree… sacrifice the human.
It’s a story as old as time itself; Earth-worshipping pagans have no qualms when it comes to sacrificing their fellow humans to the likes of Hebo, Quetzalcoatl, or Be’al.
Neo-pagans don’t resort do burying their victims alive, carving their hearts out, nor employing a wicker man. Today’s hip-and-with-it pagans instead rely on a more drawn-out, but still sure way of expediting their victims – death by bureaucracy.
The grim irony of the pursuit of “green” energy is that it may be placing millions of people in poor countries at risk of living much shorter, unhealthier lives due to air pollution, according to a report from The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF).
Climate change has become an international issue, and environmental activists have painted the situation as increasingly dire. In order to escape the world-changing effects of climate change and avert catastrophe, humanity must break its dependence on fossil fuels.
“To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we need to keep the world’s remaining fossil fuels in the ground,” Greenpeace’s website explains about the group’s “Keep It In The Ground” campaign. “That means moving away from coal, oil, and natural gas, and towards a renewable energy future.”
The aim, unfeasible as it is, would actually cause more deaths from pollution as countries in the beginning stages of development are left stuck, unable to progress through the stages of the “energy ladder” that lead to less carbon emissions and a higher standard of living, according to the GWPF report released Friday.
Yet as disturbing as Peacere’s article is, it turns out that he may have just scratched the surface.
An estimated 1.6 billion people, concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, do not have access to electricity. And even more people—a staggering 2.4 billion—use biomass such as wood or dung as their primary source of cooking and heating fuel. These individuals are living in energy poverty, which means they lack access to modern energy services.
Burning biomass [wood or dung] for fuel can pose significant health risks from indoor air pollution, including death. It also shortens workdays according to daylight and forces women and children to collect fuel instead of allowing women to engage in income-generating activities or children to pursue an education. These drawbacks reinforce a household’s inability to escape the energy poverty cycle.
The burning of biomass in the developing world for heating and cooking results in high indoor particle concentrations. Long-term exposure to airborne particulate matter (PM) has been associated with increased rates of acute respiratory infections, chronic obstructive lung disease and cancer.
The same scientific report also noted;
An increasing body of evidence has linked exposure to indoor pollutants with increased rates of respiratory morbidity and mortality. Women and children exposed to high indoor PM concentrations have significantly increased rates of acute respiratory infections (ARI), and women cooking over biomass fires for extensive periods have an enhanced risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer.
Nonetheless, Amazon.com now has quite the booming business selling dried cow dung cakes to urbanized Indians seeking a whiff of nostalgia for the good old days when they were living a life of crushing poverty back on the farm.