December 3rd – According to a report by The Lancet, coal emissions alone killed 95820 people in India in 2018, that is, more than 10 people per hour. According to statistics, a total of 465,180 premature deaths in India are related to PM2.5 from power plants or agriculture.
According to New Delhi TV on the 3rd, the British authoritative medical journal The Lancet called for the mitigation of climate change in a global report on health and climate change to save lives caused by air pollution. The report details the death of various PM2.5 pollutants in India. “The phase-out of coal is essential not only to mitigate climate change, but also to reduce early deaths from air pollution,” the report said.
The report said that of the nearly 91,000 deaths related to power plants in India, nearly 76,000 deaths were caused by emissions from coal-fired power plants. Of the 82,000 deaths related to industrial emissions, more than 13,000 died from coal emissions, and nearly 70,000 people died from transportation emissions and more than 95,000 people died from household emissions. Waste emissions and agricultural emissions are related to nearly 109,000 deaths. “Our study also added details of the breakdown of PM2.5 exposure sources, providing further intervention information for reducing deaths from environmental PM2.5 exposure,” said Alice McGusin, project manager for the report.
In addition to air pollution, climate change-related events are also hurting India. India and Indonesia are among the most affected countries. In the past 20 years, the mortality rate associated with high temperatures of people over 65 years has increased by nearly 54%. Potential labor losses in India and Indonesia are believed to be equivalent to 4-6% of their GDP.