Trace pollutants cause ethnic air cleansing in Europe

Trace pollutants cause ethnic air cleansing in Europe

Originally submitted by Joe Ravetz
last updated by Rafael Popper

Wild Card's progress: fully-fledged

This Wild Card came from: 
European Commission Framework Programme for RTD

The theme/scheme related to this Wild Card: 
Theme 6 - Environment (including Climate Change)

The sub-theme that best relates to this Wild Card: 
Environment and health

Likelihood timeframe and scenario features : 
now-2050

Wild Card's description 
The hazard of trace pollutants in urban air are shown to be focused on certain ethnic minorities, e.g. Pakistani or certain EU groups, who are more susceptible to hereditary disorders such as B-thalassaemia. This rapidly leads to controversy on social norms on genetic disorders, and the disclosure of such information: ethnic tension and stress on kinship groups: and distrust of public policy and scientists. Indirectly it helps to amplify social unrest and risk of fundamentalist terrorism.