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Why this Matters: This study — published in Environmental Research, as a collaboration between researchers from Harvard University, the University of Birmingham, the University of Leicester, and University College London— suggests that fossil fuel pollution accounted for 18% of total deaths in 2018. Most of the deaths — 62% — are in China (3.9 million) and India (2.5 million).Eloise Marais, a co-author of the study working for the University of Leicester, said in a statement: “We can’t in good conscience continue to rely on fossil fuels when we know that there are such severe effects on health and viable, cleaner alternatives.”
How the Study Worked:
Researchers took a global 3D model of atmospheric chemistry to see local concentrations of PM2.5. This 3D model allowed the scientists to split the globe into a grid with rectangles as small as 31 miles by 37 miles, which helped them see pollution levels in much more granular detail. Moreover, they could distinguish between different sources of pollution, and focus the impact of pollution on places where people live.
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