Environmental Science 1021F/G Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Global Health

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Wind Energy
Why Study Wind Energy
Pollution and climate change
o Renewable targets, global health
o Growing low carbon economies
People who live with turbines
o Changes to daily life, perceived health problems, financial benefits
Wind Energy in Ontario
Ontario is not the leading province with wind energy
No more coal
Increasing pace of growth
Today 4780 MW (megawatts) installed capacity
Target 7500 MW contracts by 2018
Cost of Wind Energy in Ontario
Competitiveness has arrived
o As low as 6.45 cents/kWh (6.3 Quebec); (New)clear ~ 7-8 cents)
o Dropped from set-price programs 2010-2014
Solar still relatively expensive
o Though down from 80 cents/ Kwh in 2010
What about health problems?
‘esearh is soehat ied, et the est ost reet studies suggest o diret lik
Health problems likely psychosomatic, caused by annoyance (and injustices..)
o Says they stress them out and thus it makes them sick
Health Problems in Ontario: Policy set up to Promote Health Problems
One of two viable ways to stop them
o Health risks
o Environmental risks
#2 Social Amplification of Risk
Muh easier to sare soeoe tha to usare soeoe
Possible risks deemed more acceptable if:
o Voluntary
o Controllable
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