Summary #1460

'Invisible killer': fossil fuels caused 8.7m deaths globally in 2018, research finds
  • Pollution from burning fossil fuels killed 1 in 5 of all the people that died in 2018.
  • By region, in the US and Europe it was 1 in 10 people, in eastern Asia 1 in 3, and it was the lowest in Africa and Southern America.
  • These numbers are larger than the death toll of smoking tobacco and malaria combined.
  • Air pollution is an invisible killer, but study authors were still shocked at how big this problem is.
  • Experts see this is a call to urgency, and suggest that the process of going carbon-neutral should be sped up.


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