Fossil fuels cause 1 in 5 premature deaths worldwide, study says March 29, 2021

from PRI: Science, Tech & Environment· ·

A new report finds that ultra-fine particulate matter emitted from fossil fuel combustion is responsible for 1 in 5 premature deaths worldwide, including more than 300,000 deaths a year in the United States. Fossil fuels, like diesel and coal, generate fine particles that can invade lungs and lead to a wide range of health problems including strokes, heart attacks and asthma. The study, published in the journal Environmental Research, used methods that excluded other sources of fine particulates. It was conducted jointly by Harvard University and the Universities of Birmingham and Leicester in the United Kingdom. The term …



Ultra-fine particulate matter emitted from fossil fuel combustion is known to cause numerous health issues that disproportionally effect people living in poverty.