The study reveals that burning of coal, oil, natural gas, and biomass forms air pollution that kills 1.2 million people a year.
The “fossil fuel addiction” degrades public health each year, doctors and other health experts have reported in a new study.
As per the study which has been published in the prestigious medical journal Lancet, Worldwide the burning of coal, oil, natural gas, and biomass forms air pollution that kills 1.2 million people a year, including 11,800 in the United States.
The report said that “world’s fossil fuel addiction is making the world sicker and is killing” people.
“Extreme weather from climate change triggered hunger in nearly 100 million people and increased heat deaths by 68% in vulnerable populations worldwide as the world’s “fossil fuel addiction” degrades public health each year”, the report said.
In the annual Lancet Countdown, looking at climate change and health, nearly 100 researchers from different parts of the world highlighted 43 indicators where climate change is making people sicker or weaker, with a new look at hunger added this year.
“Our health is at the mercy of fossil fuels,” said University College of London Health and Climate researcher Marina Romanello, who is also the Executive Director of the Lancet Countdown.
“We’re seeing a persistent addiction to fossil fuels that is not only amplifying the health impacts of climate change but which is also now at this point compounding with other concurrent crises that we’re globally facing, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the cost-of-living crisis, energy crisis and food crisis that were triggered after the war in Ukraine.”, she added.