Fossil fuel emissions cause 1 in 5 premature deaths globally: report


A report released Tuesday shows the emissions from use of fossil fuels was responsible for one in five premature deaths around the world in 2018 — significantly more than was previously thought.

The study shows that burning fossil fuels have dire implications for the health of human beings, in addition to being a major contributing factor in climate change.

“Our study adds to the mounting evidence that air pollution from ongoing dependence on fossil fuels is detrimental to global health,” co-author Eloise Marais, an associate professor at University College London, said in a statement. “We can’t in good conscience continue to rely on fossil fuels, when we know that there are such severe…


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