Carbon cleanup would save millions of lives: study
PARIS (AFP) - Reducing fossil-fuel emissions to safer levels would save millions of lives annually by the end of the century, a study said on Sunday.
The estimate is based on a simulation of levels of two big pollutants, fine particulate matter and ozone, from coal, oil and gas.
Researchers led by Jason West at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill derive their model from an emissions projection called RCP4.5.
RCP4.5 is a middle-of-the-road scenario under which average surface temperatures would be about 2.6 degrees Celsius (4.7 degrees) higher at 2100 compared to pre-industrial levels.