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Fossil fuels cost us millions of lives, billions of dollars

02/12/2020 11:01 am ET Molly Taft
Fossil fuels cost us millions of lives, billions of dollars

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Air pollution from burning fossil fuels causes more than 4 million premature deaths worldwide each year and costs the global economy $8 billion a day, a new report from Greenpeace Asia shows.

The report estimates that more than 40,000 children die before their fifth birthday due to exposure to particulate pollution, which also causes three times the number of deaths as road accidents in the global population.

Economically, China, the US, and India suffer from $900 billion, $600 billion, and $150 billion of yearly losses from pollution, while pollution-related illnesses cause 1.8 billion missed workdays each year.

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