Pollution from freight transport severely burdens Californians, especiallyt he predominantly low-income people of color living close to freight transport hubs. The cost of using cleaner equipment and safer technology in freight transport is a small fraction of the health costs borne by California residents as a result of current freight transport practices. This report details the health costs of asthma and other illnesses, revenues generated by goods movement activities, and the level of economic opportunity this provides to affected communities. The report finds that implementing state-recommended pollution controls would cost freight importers, exporters, and transporters less than a penny per dollar of their California-dependent revenue.
No one need explain the true value of water to 54-year-old Elizabeth and her family in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. She spends more than half her meagre salary on buying drinking water from a local water vendor, as she knows the water from the nearby lake could make her unwell, unproductive and unable to provide for her family.
In February of 2017, the Pacific Institute released a white paper entitled Drinking Fountains and Public Health: Improving National Infrastructure to Rebuild Trust and Ensure Access, which highlighted the limited evidence of a link between illness and disease outbreaks and drinking fountains.