153 million air pollution deaths could be prevented this century if governments limit carbon emissions and halt global temperature rises to 1.5°C.
This, according to research from Duke University.
The researchers ran computer simulations of future emissions of carbon dioxide and associated pollutants, such as ozone and particulate matter, under three different scenarios.
The results indicate an overall increase in emissions resulting in warming of 2°C (3.6°F) by 2100, accelerated reductions of carbon emissions, and even further reductions limiting atmospheric warming to 1.5°C (2.7°F).
They matched this data with computer models, based on decades of public health data on air-pollution-related deaths, to work out which areas would be the hardest hit by global warming.
Cutting carbon emissions could save 153 million lives, study finds
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