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6.5M Deaths Worldwide Linked To Air Pollution, International Energy Agency Says, Calling For Efforts To Reduce Emissions

Associated Press: Report links 6.5 million deaths worldwide to air pollution
“Each year about 6.5 million deaths worldwide are linked to air pollution, a number that could grow in coming decades unless the energy sector steps up its efforts to slash emissions, the International Energy Agency warned Monday. In the Paris-based agency’s first report on the subject, the IEA said air pollution is the fourth biggest threat to human health, after high blood pressure, bad diets, and smoking…” (6/27).

New York Times: Study Links 6.5 Million Deaths Each Year to Air Pollution
“…[IEA Executive Director Fatih] Birol, an economist, argues that pressing concerns about climate change and the emergence of countries like China and India as major energy consumers and polluters mean that the agency needs to shift its strategy. … Helping these countries solve problems through increasing energy efficiency or filtering out pollutants can make progress on climate change goals. We need to make these countries ‘understand that their problems are our problems,’ Mr. Birol said…” (Reed, 6/26).

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