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Air pollution costs crores

MedExpress Team

Irena Piekarska

Published Dec. 21, 2023 08:00

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All studies published ahead of the recent Dubai Climate Summit show unequivocally that mortality caused by burning fossil fuels is not only not declining but is much higher than previously thought. And global greenhouse gas emissions are reaching new records.

In fact, in the fight to save the climate, good news is very rare. It has long been known that coal used for energy production emits many harmful chemicals into the atmosphere that threaten health and life . Science has widely shown that the effects of fine particles from the burning of fossil fuels cause many serious diseases including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Dust particles, along with inhaled polluted air, are deposited in the airways and alveoli of the lungs. They are expelled from them too slowly, making them accumulate in the body, causing serious risks. Despite this knowledge, coal still remains the main source of energy. The International Energy Agency reports that global coal consumption has risen to an unprecedented 8.3million tons in 2022. A possible decline is not expected until 2025, but this is nothing certain.

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