Climate Change – effect on health of reducing carbon-based power generation.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 4th Report shows that moderate carbon dioxide reductions (10-20%) in the next 10-20 years also reduces sulphur oxide emissions by 10 – 20%, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter by 5 – 10%. This reduction is likely to result in a few thousand fewer premature deaths in Europe, North America and Korea and tens of thousands fewer in Asian and Latin American countries. If the effects of the reduction in air pollution on mortality caused by chronic diseases are added, the size of the benefits is greatly increased.

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