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"Over the Hills in Milby” – Houston, Texas Photo by Rocky Perez

 

"We’ve got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"

Lee Iacocca
CEO/Chairman, Chrysler Corporation, 1979-1992

 

 

Introductory Biology for Non-Science Majors
Dr Suzette Mouchaty, Ph.D.

Sustainability Topics

 

Air Quality: According to the federal government, more than half of Texans live in areas where air is unhealthy to breathe 1. To reach sustainability, we must protect environmental quality.
  • Harris County ranks 4th in the U.S. for toxic emissions 2, 5th for smog pollution 3, and has the 7th worst air quality index in the nation 2. About 10% of the toxic emissions in Harris County are from 4 industrial plants in the Milby Park area, home to over 30,000 residents 4.

  • Most air pollution stems from burning fossil fuels for energy production and transportation. Globally, this results in acid rain, global warming, and ozone depletion.

  • Ships in the Port of Houston also contribute significantly to Houston Smog. Children living within 2 miles of the Ship Channel are more than 50% more likely to contract a form of leukemia than children living 10 miles away 5.

  • Air pollution costs Harris County $3 billion annually in missed work and health care costs1. Deaths from air pollution nationwide are estimated to be over 130,000 per year 6.

 

 

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