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- Reduction in particulate pollution-related deaths by 16% since 2005.
- Over 200,000 lives are saved annually due to lower carbon emissions.
- The primary driver of this health benefit is the worldwide reduction in coal use.
Between 2005 and 2020, deaths attributed to PM2.5 particles, often released from burning fossil fuels, saw a substantial decline of 15.7%, according to a recent study by The Lancet Countdown, involving 114 scientists from 52 institutions. This reduction, amounting to a decrease from 1,437,000 to 1,212,000 annual deaths, underscores the critical impact of transitioning away from fossil fuels on public health.
Coal decline and renewable energy rise
The primary driver of this health benefit is the worldwide reduction in coal use, responsible for 80% of the mortality reduction from PM2.5 particulates.
This shift is not only improving air quality but also saving over 200,000 lives each year.
Accompanying this decline is a significant global increase in renewable energy adoption, marking a pivotal change in energy consumption patterns.