MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) researchers recently studied wind energy and its health benefits. The results were published in an American Association for the Advancement of Science open-access journal called Science Advances.
The researchers came up with a conclusion intended to get the attention of policymakers and send a strong message against fossil fuel power plants. Published last December 2, the study observed and analyzed wind turbines and their hourly activity. It also noted all fossil fuel-based power plants in the US and the volume of emissions they released between 2011 and 2017. The researchers traced all emissions and plotted the pollutants with relevant statistics of the affected populations. They used their data to calculate health-related community costs and regional air quality.
Fossil fuel is where greenhouse gases originate. Greenhouse gases can lead to global warming.
The use of wind power
According to the MIT study’s data, lowering fossil fuel power plant output can result in health benefits, specifically those linked to wind power. In numbers, this would mean benefits equivalent to around $8.4 billion (roughly £6.88 billion). However, wealthy neighborhoods are typically far from airports, motorways, arterial roads, and other areas with high levels of energy-related pollution, so the rich benefit the most from this.
Pollution disparities are still possible, though, and this can only be addressed if the other sources of air pollution are dealt with. This is why the researchers emphasized the need to prioritize health so the benefits can be efficiently maximized. This is why the researchers noted the need to prioritize health so the benefits can be efficiently maximized. This is why the researchers emphasized the need to prioritize health so the benefits can be efficiently maximized. It is also important to study the neighborhoods and the sites where the plants are located.
As soon as researchers realized that racial minorities and low-income groups are the most exposed to massive air pollution, they thought of wind power and how promoting and developing this can reduce the disparities in some states. They also discovered that fossil fuel power plants had lesser outputs each time there was wind power.
The more toxic power plants should be replaced as soon as possible. While waiting for this to happen, the wind power must be maximized to reduce poisonous air.
Wind power benefits
State-level policies linked to wind power produced around $2 billion (around £1.64 billion) in health benefits throughout the United States in 2014. Although the disadvantaged and challenged communities felt only 30% of these benefits, it still represented an improvement. It’s clear, though, that the minority population is the most impacted – and this is something that authorities should work on.
Nevertheless, it cannot be argued that wind power has significant benefits:
- Wind power is inexhaustible and is a zero-emission technology
- Wind power is one of the oldest sources of energy
- Wind energy promotes sustainable development
- Wind power does not release contaminants or toxic substances that can cause respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
- Wind power means lesser smog and acid rain, which often causes health conditions such as asthma.
Fossil fuel power plants are not the only ones that produce toxic emissions; diesel vehicles also do.
In the past, diesel vehicles were preferred by both carmakers and car owners because they were said to be good for the environment. This all changed in 2015 after the Volkswagen Group received a notice of violation from US authorities concerning defeat devices found in VW and Audi diesel vehicles sold in the country.
A defeat device senses when a vehicle is subjected to a regulatory test, temporarily lowering emissions once it does so. This is done so that the vehicle can be approved for sale. For the entirety of the trial, the car appears emissions-compliant. The story changes once it is driven in real-world road conditions.
Once on the road, a defeat device-equipped vehicle releases excessively high nitrogen oxide emissions. These emissions weaken vegetation, such as house plants and crops. These emissions lag vegetation, such as house plants and crops. These emissions waste vegetation, such as house plants and crops. NOx is a gas containing nitrogen dioxide and nitric oxide. NO2 helps NOx form smog, acid rain, and a pollutant known as ground-level ozone.
NOx emissions can easily get into the lungs. Once this happens, your health condition can worsen. Aside from mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, you can also get dementia as your cognitive abilities are weakened.
Serious and life-changing health impacts include chronic lung function reduction, cancer, asphyxiation and laryngospasm, and cardiovascular conditions. Exposure to NOx emissions is also linked to thousands of premature deaths.
Authorities ordered VW to recall all affected vehicles and pay fines, fees, and compensation. Other carmakers were soon added to the list of illegal defeat device users: Mercedes-Benz, Vauxhall, BMW, and Nissan are only a few of them.
Additionally, authorities are encouraging affected car owners to bring a diesel claim against their carmakers, who are responsible for endangering lives and the environment.
How does my diesel claim work?
Some emissions experts can help you with your diesel claim. First, you must visit ClaimExperts.co.uk to verify your qualifications to file a claim. They have all the information you need to confidently bring your carmaker to court.