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Addressing climate change could save millions of lives

Tackling climate change would save millions of lives a year by the end of the century purely as a result of the decrease in air pollution, according to a new study.

Cutting air pollution from curbing fossil-fuel use could prevent millions of premature deaths – even without factoring in the impact of other climate impacts such as more extreme weather and sea-level rise.

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The study is published as scientists from around the globe gather in Stockholm to thrash out final details of a landmark assessment of climate science. Their final report is due to be released on Friday, September 27 and will set out projections of wide-ranging impacts of global warming from droughts to floods to sea-level rise.

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