"This new model found a higher mortality rate for long-term exposure to
fossil fuel emissions, including at lower concentrations.
“Often, when we discuss the dangers of fossil fuel combustion, it’s in
the context of CO2 and climate change and overlook the potential health
impact of the pollutants co-emitted with greenhouse gases,” said
Schwartz. “We hope that by quantifying the health consequences of fossil
fuel combustion, we can send a clear message to policymakers and
stakeholders of the benefits of a transition to alternative energy sources.”
The research underscores the importance of policy decisions, said Vohra.
The researchers estimated that China’s decision to cut its fossil fuels
emissions nearly in half saved 2.4 million lives worldwide, including
1.5 million lives in China, in 2018.
“Our study adds to the mounting evidence that air pollution from ongoing
dependence on fossil fuels is detrimental to global health,” said
Marais. “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,
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