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Increased deaths due to environmental contamination, reveals study

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There atmospheric contamination if he has converted into one of the major amenazas for public health at the world level. A recent study highlighted the alarming reality: the inhaling of harmful emissions, mainly from fossil fuels, is causing thousands of deaths every year. The analysis points to the extensive use of fossil fuels as gas and carbon are the main fault.

According to the study, led by global experts such as Andy Haines of the London School of Health and Tropical Medicine, these fuels, implemented in energy generation, transport and industrial processes such as the steel industry, have contributed to an escalatory increase in 5.13 million additional deaths annually throughout the planet.

It’s a serious problem. Photo: Freepik.

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Why is contamination so deadly?

This fact is not only alarming because of its magnitude, but also because the major incidence is reported in countries such as China and India, where the transition of clean energy is also slow. The consequences of breathing toxic air go further than what many might imagine. S illnesses cardiovascular diseases, asthma and lung cancer are just the tip of the iceberg.

Environmental pollution causes serious impacts. Photo: Freepik.

Exposure to contaminants such as ozone and PM2.5 particles, which are ultimately invisible to the human eye but deadly, is causing a variety of ailments, including cardiac and respiratory problems, as well as neurodegenerative disorders and depressive symptoms.

Can anything be done to avoid deaths from contamination?

In front of this somber panorama, a light of hope arises. Many experts maintain that the path is the transition of renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, which present themselves as a viable and urgent solution. This situation not only represents a disaster for countries with high mortality rates, but also for the entire world.

The investigators used advanced computer models, integrating NASA data and the Global Burden of Disease 2019 study, to evaluate the global impact. The result is clear: in 2019, 8.34 million deaths worldwide were attributed to air contamination, of which 61% were related to fossil fuels.

Political will is needed. Photo: Freepik.

The study also explores different future scenarios and the potential impact of policies that promote the elimination of fossil fuels. The results are conclusive: the adoption of clean and renewable energy could avoid as much as 3.85 million annual deaths, especially in Asia. However, the change is not only a matter of energy policy, but also of global consciousness.

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