Air pollution can lead to 60,000 deaths in 2030
Scientists from the University of North Carolina expect that climate change, if left unattended, will result in death from air pollution by nearly 60,000 people in 2030 and 2,600,000 people in 2100 worldwide.
According to the study, higher temperatures accelerate the chemical reactions that create air pollutants, such as ozone and small particles. Drier sites can also worsen air pollution due to less harmful particles being removed from the rain and an increased level of fires. Since trees respond to higher temperatures, they will also release more organic pollutants. “Since climate change affects the concentration of air pollutants, it can have a significant impact on the health of people around the world, increasing the number of deaths from air pollution each year,” said lead researcher Jason West.
To reach such conclusions, the team of specialists used several global climate models to determine the number of premature deaths that can occur due to ozone and particulate matter in 2030 and 2100. For each model, projected changes in the level of air pollution that could be associated with future climate change were estimated. Five of the eight models predicted an increase in the number of deaths in 2030, and seven of the nine models – an increase in the number of deaths in 2100.