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US healthcare system is a top producer of greenhouse gas emissions

Post by kbot » 06-17-2016 10:16 AM

Interesting article, but, it makes sense...........

US healthcare system is a top producer of greenhouse gas emissions

The U.S. healthcare sector produces enough greenhouse gas emissions to land itself among the top GHG emission-producing countries — yes, countries — in the world, according to new research from Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., and Northeastern University in Boston.

In fact, if the U.S. healthcare industry was a country, it would rank No. 13 in the world for GHG emissions, which is more than then entire United Kingdom.

The reason the U.S. healthcare system ranks so high is because it uses an exorbitant amount of energy for heating, electricity and energy-intensive goods and services, according to the researchers. The system's energy use and GHG emission production has only worsened in recent years — the study shows greenhouse gas emissions from the healthcare sector grew 30 percent over the last decade.

For the study, the authors examined direct emissions from hospitals and clinician offices and indirect emissions generated by the industry's suppliers of energy, goods and services. Looking at the data, the researchers estimated 12 percent of the country's acid rain, 10 percent of its smog formation and 9 percent of its respiratory disease from particulate matter is attributable to healthcare-related emissions.

The study also linked healthcare-generated GHG emissions to global warming, ozone depletion and cancer from chemical exposure.

"While some pollution is currently inevitable in our efforts to safely care for patients, there is a tremendous amount of waste in our healthcare system," said author Jodi Sherman, MD. "People are trying to reduce waste from a cost perspective. But there is a public health perspective as well that is important. Protecting public health is also an issue of patient safety."

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Post by Riddick » 06-17-2016 04:47 PM

You know there's only one answer.

TAXES, TAXES, and MORE TAXES

That'll stop those pollutin' bastids

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Post by voguy » 06-17-2016 05:22 PM

Tax em. We'll teach them ..... and make more money we can squander.
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Post by kbot » 06-18-2016 06:30 AM

The system that I work for is for-profit, so we already pay taxes - LOTS. They're one of the top taxpayers in the state and the top in the city my hospital is in. But, there are plenty of non-profits out there raking in just as much if not more that don't pay taxes that are emitting as much, if not more, pollution.

And then there are al the colleges and universities with their main campus buildings, student housing,research centers, bio-labs, etc..... Many of them are not taxed either.
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Post by voguy » 06-18-2016 06:57 AM

Sort of builds a case for "flat tax".
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Working Together To Reduce The Carbon Footprint Of Healthcare Buildings

Post by Riddick » 06-24-2016 05:57 PM

“No one knows the precise size of the health sector’s global climate footprint but we know that it is substantial…Reducing the [sector’s] climate impact is as complex as the broad diversity of health systems that exists in the world” (World Health Organization and Health Care Without Harm, 2009)

LCB-Healthcare stimulates demand for innovative low-carbon solutions for the healthcare sector by providing procurement decision makers with the knowledge and tools to achieve more sustainable buildings within their budget constraints.
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For an outfit with the above stated mission, some reason or another they seem pretty obsessed with treating acne

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Post by kbot » 06-24-2016 08:09 PM

Look at all the plastics that are used. Plastic bowls, basins, syringes, plastic bags of various types. And paper......... gowns, masks, procedure drapes........
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Post by Riddick » 06-25-2016 12:41 AM

kbot wrote:Look at all the plastics that are used. Plastic bowls, basins, syringes, plastic bags of various types. And paper......... gowns, masks, procedure drapes........
I'm more worried about acne

I mean, would that site be so obsessively against leaving it untreated if wasn't the single greatest producer of CO2?

Pimples. That's what's causing global warming!!

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Post by Malaria_Kidd II » 06-25-2016 03:47 AM

:lol: Pimples or cow farts! :lol:


A carbon tax will cure nothing but to make everything higher priced including moving that $10,000 per day cost for a single occupancy stay in America's hospitals up to $12,000 per day or more! :oops:

Comparing the planet's inhabitant's greenhouse gas emissions of CO2 to terrorists: :?

Maybe this nations hospitals are the real JV Team when this present POTUS Administration gave that name well over two years ago to ISIS! Guess who the demolition crews' generals were when over 1,000 Kuwaiti oil well pump jack sites were lit a fire? Talk about GHG, they were Saddam's surviving generals who now, in part, command ISIS! :x


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Post by Riddick » 06-25-2016 03:10 PM

Malaria_Kidd II wrote:Comparing the planet's inhabitant's greenhouse gas emissions of CO2 to terrorists: :?
There's no comparison. Humons spewing CO2 without concern or a care in the world ARE the TRUE terrorists. Listen, if the president says climate change is the number one global existential threat, you better believe it! We must stop polluting! OR ELSE!!

The sky is burning. It's mankind's doing. Therefore, mankind is FAR worse than ISIS! Insofar everyone was dead? That'd end man made CO2. ISIS is only trying to help.

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Post by Malaria_Kidd II » 06-25-2016 08:43 PM

There's nothing to compare these cc logger heads to in the history of mankind. D.C.'s intervention turns quickly to bumbling - dumbling cc causes and as a majority, inexcusably stupid, eh Riddick?

Sue the cc deniers! :lol:

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Sue the cc alarmists! :lol:


Riddick writes spot on, "The sky is burning. It's mankind's doing. Therefore, mankind is FAR worse than ISIS! Insofar everyone was dead? That'd end man made CO2. ISIS is only trying to help."

You've hit the nail on the head! The end game with peace finally on their terms is their fantasy Caliphate. I'm surprised they don't note the number of years it would last. Just like hitler's 1,000 yr reich pipe dream via the pirate ship's Jolly Roger & the uber elite's infamously borrowed skull & crossbones symbolic of their evil ZZ! :twisted:

hitler must be envious all the way up from hell!

"Hell opened up and put on sale!" :shock:

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ISIS is taking this off topic but BHObummer's penning their name as the JV Team is a constant pain in the neck a non green hospital has no cure for. :oops:



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