Almost 30,000 early deaths a year could be prevented in the UK by ending the burning of fossil fuels, a report by Europe’s most senior scientists says. Switching to a “zero carbon economy” would address long-term climate change and reduce air pollution, the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) said. It calculated that fossil fuels caused 350,000 premature deaths a year in the EU, including 28,000 in the UK. Phasing them out would prevent 3.6 million premature deaths a year globally from heart and lung cancer, respiratory infections and other illnesses.
Times 4th June 2019 read more »
A report by experts from 27 national science academies has set out the widespread damage global heating is already causing to people’s health and the increasingly serious impacts expected in future. Scorching heatwaves and floods will claim more victims as extreme weather increases but there are serious indirect effects too, from spreading mosquito-borne diseases to worsening mental health. “There are impacts occurring now [and], over the coming century, climate change has to be ranked as one of the most serious threats to health,” said Prof Sir Andrew Haines, a co-chair of the report for the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (Easac).
Guardian 3rd June 2019 read more »