Small increase in energy investment could cut premature deaths from air pollution in half by 2040, says new IEA report
Energy is the main contributor to air pollution that kills millions each year, but a 7% increase in energy investment could cut death toll significantly, says new IEA report.
IEA strategy based on existing energy technologies and policies can cut 50% of pollutant emissions, the fourth-largest threat to human health, by 2040. Each year an estimated 6.5 million deaths are linked to air pollution with the number set to increase significantly in coming decades unless the energy sector takes greater action to curb emissions. Air pollution is a problem felt around the world, particularly the poorest in society. No country is immune as a staggering 80% of cities that monitor pollution levels fail to meet the air quality standards set by the World Health Organization. ….