by Jeremy P. Feakins
Did you know that air pollution is one of the biggest killers worldwide (6.5 million people per year)? One-third of fatalities from stroke, heart attack, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can be traced back to air pollution. Don’t think this problem is limited to congested cities – nearly half of all people worldwide cook with a polluting heat source, and household air pollution is a leading cause of deaths in both rural and urban communities.
There are affordable solutions to these problems. The World Health Organization will hold its first global conference on Air Pollution and Health from October 30 – November 1 in Geneva, Switzerland. Topics of discussion will include reducing emissions from transportation, energy, waste, housing, and industrial sectors, and how to help effect these changes.
The pilot project for my company, Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation, will be OTEC EcoVillage, a global network of high-quality eco-resorts with sustainable homes, condominiums, retail opportunities, and an EcoHotel. These communities will be powered by 100% fossil fuel-free Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) electricity and cooled by energy-efficient and chemical-free systems such as Seawater Air Conditioning (SWAC). Both of these processes also provide fresh, clean water for drinking, aquaculture, and agriculture, thus promoting sustainable living using the most abundant local resource: the ocean.
To learn more about the conference and the effects of air pollution worldwide, visit WHO’s conference page here.