Study finds more PM deaths from fossil fuels

Source: BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico • Posted: Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Burning fossil fuels causes more premature deaths around the world than previous research suggested, according to new research in the journal Environmental Research. The study , conducted by British and American researchers and funded partly by the Wallace Global Fund, uses recent studies on fine particulate matter exposure to estimate the health impacts of fossil fuel-related PM2.5 (filtering out PM from natural and biogenic sources). The researchers estimated a global premature mortality of 8.7 million annually from fossil fuel-derived PM2.5 emissions.

Exhaust rises from the smokestack of a natural gas-burning power and heating plant.

Exhaust rises from the smokestack of a natural gas-burning power and heating plant. | Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The majority of those were in China (which in the last decade has curbed its PM emissions by 40 percent) and India, although it also flagged Europe and the eastern U.S., where residents deal with pollution blown in from western states. In total, the U.S. sees 355,000 premature deaths per year from fossil fuel-related PM2.5, according to the study, which argues that the numbers present “a clear message to policymakers and stakeholders to further incentivize a shift to clean sources of energy,” the study sai

 

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