Environmental Issues for the Twenty-First Century and their Impact on Human Health

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The close of the first decade of the 21st century posed additional pressing environmental issues related to human activities and their effects on the planet. The need to protect the planet seems ...
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Air Pollution and Global Warming

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Richard B. Philp

Abstract

Evidence of the impact of global warming on the environment is reviewed such as melting glaciers and sea ice and water levels in lakes. Its impact on the biological world and on human health is also reviewed. Agents responsible for the greenhouse effect, such as water vapour and fossil fuel combustion are discussed. Specific examples include automotive sources, coal-fired electrical generators and the Alberta tar sands. Computer modeling, often a target of those who choose to discredit the fact of global warming, is also dealt with.

Keywords:

Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), politics of global warming, earth mean temperature, glacial melting, arctic ice, albedo effect, walrus stampede, polar bears, antarctic ice shelves, computer models, sea level changes, species migrations, water vapour, fossil fuel combustion, fuel alternatives, alberta tar sands.

Affiliation:

The University of Western Ontario Canada