POST TIME: 13 February, 2020 01:07:36 PM
Air pollution costs world $8bn a day: NGO
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Air pollution costs world $8bn a day: NGO

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The global cost of air pollution caused by fossil fuels is $8 billion a day, or roughly 3.3% of the entire world's economic output, an environmental research group said.

" We found that the China mainland, the United States and India bear the highest costs from fossil fuel air pollution worldwide, an estimated $900 billion, $600 billion and $150 billion per year, respectively," the report from the Centre fr Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) AND Greenpeace Southeast Asia said.

Particles thrown off by fossil fuel usage account for 4.5 million premature deaths each year around the globe, including 1.8 million in China, and a million in India, the researchers found. The new figure is in line with WHO estimates of 4.2 million deaths each year linked to ground-level air pollution. The global cost for 2018 was $2.9 trillion, the report estimated.