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Now, with years of data acquired and more sophisticated studies conducted, air pollution’s impact has become more apparent. Another reason to not burn fossil fuels in our houses.

The Global Burden of Disease study, a common benchmark for public health work, estimates that 3.4 million people die prematurely every year due to air pollution. More recent research puts the total even higher, at 10 million a year.

It isn’t just from burning fossil fuels, but also the increase in wildfires from climate change. On a more individual level, it shortens the average life span.

The University of Chicago’s Air Quality Life Index, which regularly estimates the human toll of particulate pollution, this fall issued a report estimating that the average person on Earth loses 2.2 years of life expectancy due to particulate pollution, compared to a scenario in which every country followed WHO guidelines.

Cleaner air is not just about clearer views but actually about healthier lives, a significant number of healthier lives.

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