There’s been a push globally to “go green” in the energy sector. Science has pointed to a rising number of parts per million of gases that, when released in large quantities, significantly deteriorate our atmosphere and create a volatile climate. This climate change is largely linked to the emissions from non-renewable energy sources. That’s why more and more people are opting in for renewable energies, from solar to wind and even wave technologies.
Offshore wind power is just one example of how oil and gas can be replaced with something better for the environment and climate. But what if offshore wind energy can do more than heal the earth? Some research has pointed to the possibility that offshore wind energy actually has lifesaving benefits. When considering the negative atmospheric consequences of refineries and non-renewable energy production, wind energy suddenly has many advantages to human health.
Renewable Energy for Better Health
Renewables such as offshore wind power have the following abilities:
- Reduction of harmful atmospheric chemicals.
- Use of a constant source.
- Lack of mining for energy resources.
- Adaptability to the greater grid system.
- Less health and environmental impacts on local communities.
How Wind Energy Saves Lives
It is because this wind power has the ability to reduce emissions during energy production that installing offshore wind energy will reduce rates of asthma, heart attacks, and overall hospitalizations. In fact, research pointed to the reality that a mere 1,100-megawatt wind farm could save as many as 13 lives per year by reducing these air quality concerns. Presently, many communities still use a majority of fossil fuel resources for their energy systems. By reducing those amounts, it is possible to have a significant impact on the amount of smog, nitrogen oxide, fine particulate matter, sulfur oxide, and other pollutants found in the atmosphere where fossil fuels are produced and burned.
These same gases that are hurting the environment are damaging the human´s health, especially the vulnerable populations like the elderly, the youth, and people with pre-existing conditions such as asthma. In many cases, the lack of atmosphere quality is what sparks many conditions that afflict the population.
Not only do renewable energies, therefore, have the ability to reduce those emissions by replacing parts of the polluting energy sectors, but they also have the capacity to save lives affected by pollution in the process of removing the sources of the emissions.
It seems like a win-win scenario so long as those in the existing energy sector have the opportunity to be trained for renewable related skills as these systems phase out. It will also be important to use the evidence energy development has on human health to ensure non-renewable energy sectors can’t shut down community initiatives in an effort to dominate the energy market. Offshore wind and other energies like it, they’re more than just sources to power our communities – they’re also capable of saving human lives.
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