Air pollution from fossil fuel burning is an underestimated scourge that kills far more people than AIDS and malaria. Shifting to cleaner energy could easily halve the toll by 2030, UN officials said recently, reports Alister Doyle at Reuters News. Investments in solar, wind or hydropower would benefit both human health and the drive to slow human driven climate change, they added. “Air pollution is causing more deaths than HIV or malaria combined,” noted Kandeh Yumkella, head of the U.N. Industrial Development Organization. A 2012 World Health Organization (WHO) study found that nearly 7 million people die early annually from both indoor and outdoor air pollution. This will rise with increasing fossil fuel use. Toxic particles shorten lives by causing diseases such as pneumonia or cancer. “The problem has been underestimated in the past,” said Maria Neira, the WHO’s director of public health and environment. Smog is an acute problem from Beijing to Mexico City. “If we increase access to clean energy … the health benefits will be enormous she said and added, “Maybe the health argument was not used enough” when encouraging a shift from fossil fuels to renewable energies.
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Invest In Clean Energy To Reap Enormous Health Benefits says the UN, reports Alister Doyle at Reuters News, and help slow climate change. Fossil fuel burning pollution kills nearly 7 million annually, more than HIV or malaria combined. Hey, I’m game – how about you, Congress? http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/04/09/environment-pollution-green-technology-idINDEE9380C220130409