Fossil fuel air pollution causes almost 1 in 5 deaths globally each year

By CNN - February 10, 2021

More than 8 million people around the world die each year as a result of breathing polluted air that contains particles from fossil fuels, a new study has found.

Burning fossil fuels such as coal and oil produces greenhouse gases that trap solar radiation in the atmosphere and cause climate change. But it also releases tiny poisonous particles known as PM2.5. Small enough to penetrate deep into the lungs, these particles can aggravate respiratory conditions like asthma and can lead to lung cancer, coronary heart disease, strokes and early death.

Exposure to dirty air in the world’s most polluted region linked to pregnancy loss, study finds.

Research has also found a link between higher levels of long-term pollution and more deaths from Covid-19.

“We can’t in good conscience continue to rely on fossil fuels, when we know that there are such severe effects on health and viable, cleaner alternatives,”…


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