Environment & Energy Report

Pollution Linked to Climate Change Kills 7 Million a Year: Report

Dec. 5, 2018, 5:05 PM

About 7 million people are dying annually because of air pollution that contributes to climate change, according to a World Health Organization report published Dec. 5.

Pollution-related disease, including respiratory illnesses, heart disease, and infectious diseases, cost the world’s top 15 greenhouse gas polluters more than 4 percent of their GDP, said the report, released at the United Nations Climate Conference in Poland. Meeting the emissions-cutting goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement will save roughly 1 million lives annually worldwide by 2050.

“The Paris Agreement is potentially the strongest health agreement of this century,” Tedros Adhanom...

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