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Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 17:17

Older people better at carbon reduction, study shows


Older people have been practicing carbon-reduction behaviors more frequently than the younger generation, a study by the Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC) found.

CCOUC interviewed 1,017 Cantonese-speaking local residents aged over 15 by telephone. Among the interviewees, people above 65 years old (61.5 percent) used less electricity than people between the ages of 15 and 24 (29.4 percent).

The survey also shows that as people get older, they use less packaging and disposable shopping bags, use air-conditioners less, take shorter showers and consume more organic food.

Emily Chan Ying-yang, director of CCOUC, said that the findings indicate a strong correlation between carbon-reducing behaviors and their related health benefits.

She suggested that different environmental protection organizations and health authorities should promote carbon-reducing behaviors through emphasizing their benefits on people’s health.

She cited the example of using fewer disposable shopping bags. This behavior helps to prevent the migration of chemicals from bags to food, which then reduces the risks of breast cancer and other disruptions to human reproductive functions.

CCOUC is a research center committed to providing research, education and community knowledge in areas of disaster and medical humanitarian crisis policy development.

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