A new study shows pollution linked by some experts to global warming has jumped astronomically in Florida over the past 40 years.
The report by the Florida Public Interest Resource Group found carbon dioxide emissions due to car exhaust and coal burning power plants increased by 347 percent in Florida since 1960.
Florida ranks second in the nation for the largest overall increase in carbon dioxide emissions, behind Texas.
Dr. Ronald Saff, an asthma specialist, blames those emissions for global warming.
“Global warming has already killed hundreds of thousands of people around the globe due to heat waves, flooding, and other catastrophes. In Europe, the 2003 summer heat wave killed approximately 26,000 people in five countries, wilted crops, set forests ablaze, and melted 10 percent of the Alpine glacial mass.”
F-PIRG is pushing the federal government to do more to require use of cleaner technologies for power plants and provide additional incentives for more fuel-efficient vehicles.