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Pollution kills 9 million people globally each year

Pollution kills 9 million people globally each year

Your chances of dying from war, smoking, hunger or natural disasters pales in comparison to pollution, which kills nine million people globally each year.


comprehensive study published in medical journal The Lancet, reports that one in every six premature deaths on earth, are caused by diseases from toxic exposures in the environment. 

In particular, coal kills over ten times more people than any other energy source, per kWh produced, mainly from fine toxic particles emitted from coal plants. Coal-fired power plants have a dramatic effect on human health and the environment as well as total health care costs.  

Studies like this point to the important intersection of environmental and energy policy and public health. That intersection is the battleground on which we fight every day.  

LINK to the Lancet study:

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