Environmental Inaction Costly

Act now or the costs of addressing key environmental issues will increase significantly. That’s the message from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in its Environmental Outlook to 2030. The report identifies four priority areas where urgent action is needed: climate change, biodiversity loss, water scarcity and the impacts on human health of pollution and toxic chemicals. It highlights a mix of policies that can address these challenges in a cost-effective way. By 2030, world GDP is projected to nearly double from today’s levels. The OECD analysis shows that it would cost just over 1 percent of that growth to implement policies that can cut key air pollutants by about one third, and contain greenhouse gas emissions to about 12 percent, instead of 37 percent growth under the scenario without new policies. OECD also recommends use of market-based instruments, such as green taxes, efficient water pricing, emissions trading and polluter-pay systems. However, more stringent regulations and standards, such as for transport and building construction, are also needed.

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  1. Touching on the impact on human health by building materials, namely drywall dusts that contain large quantities of talc, mica, gypsum and smaller amounts of Respirable Crystalline Silica, a classified and known Human Carcinogen. Do you realize that nearly 100% of builders today never protect the A/C System from contamination during construction and that 20 to 60 pounds of this dust is never removed from the home, just covered up by cabinets, wall to wall carpeting,baseboards etc. Sanding drywall joint compound releases these hazardous compounds into the air and at the tiniest of particle size, a particle of cigarette smoke is 30% larger. This dust is constantly re-circulated by the A/C System creating long term exposures. Exposure to this dust causes identical symptoms as severe Allergies and Asthma. Once Crystalline Silica enters the lungs it goes into the lowest region, like a tiny lung sac cutter it goes to work. It’s size and shape prevent the body from rejecting it by coughing or through blood filtration, it causes permanent lung damage. If you think Asbestos lawsuits have cost Billions, keep your head in the sand and see lawsuits from exposure to drywall dusts soar into the Trillions. It’s time for the Insurance Industry to require proper extraction of all drywall joint compound dusts and require protection of the A/C System. Did I mention drywall dusts are a favorite food source for toxic black mold? Drywall dust in the A/C System growing black mold, we need a lot of that. This is why Indoor Air Quality is 8-10 times worse than the Outdoor Air Quality. Wake up America.

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