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The Negative Effects of Agricultural Methane on Public Health: A Policy Solution

O'Toole, Patrick F. (2022) The Negative Effects of Agricultural Methane on Public Health: A Policy Solution. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Earth is facing a climate crisis, and this climate crisis will change how people live their lives. If action is not taken soon and current trends continue climate change will become irreversible. The negative effects of climate change are everywhere from severe droughts and wildfires to melting ice caps. The changing climate is directly caused by an increase in greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. A main driver of this increase in greenhouse gasses is the agriculture industry. The agriculture industry is the largest emitter of methane in the United States, and their emission levels go unregulated. In order to combat climate change people must change the way they farm globally.
Climate change poses a direct threat to public health around the globe. Severe weather events like droughts, heat waves, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes are all becoming more common. All these events pose threats to the people living in the areas where they occur. These events can also lead to food shortage due to low yields. The melting ice caps will lead to sea level rise and impact people living in coastal communities. If the government does nothing to combat climate change the health of people will continue to be threatened by climate related events.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
O'Toole, Patrick
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairHershey, Tinatbh16@pitt.edutbh16UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberBortey-Sam, Nestaneb60@pitt.eduneb60UNSPECIFIED
Date: 17 May 2022
Date Type: Completion
Submission Date: 29 April 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 24
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: N/A
Date Deposited: 17 May 2022 22:09
Last Modified: 17 May 2022 22:09


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