How Does Tackling Climate Change Can Save Million Lives, Billion Money
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In a report made by the World Health Organization (WHO), it said that tackling the issues of climate change could help save millions of lives. In a talk in the UN climate summit in Poland, the agency revealed that people could benefit if the 2015 Paris climate agreement would turn into reality.
Following the 2015 Paris climate agreement's commitments could not only save lives but also billions of dollars by the end of the century. According to CNN, by 2050, over 1 million people would be saved from air pollution alone. Fossil fuel combustion, which is one of the major causes of climate change, brings in about 7 million deaths all over the world from outdoor and indoor air pollution every year.
So, alleviating burning of fossil fuel will result in decelerating the worsening case of climate change and air pollution. If it happens, WHO revealed that the economy would also benefit from people's improved health. It "more than double the costs of cuttings emissions." Air pollution is said to be worse in India and China.
WHO director of public and environmental health María Neira said, via The Guardian, the authorities should also consider the public's lungs, brains, and hearts if they think about the planet. "It is not just about saving the planet in the future, it is about protecting the health of the people right now," she said.
Neira explained that burning coal, oil, and gas pollution's damage is "outrageous." Aside from deaths, it also leads to asthma, lung cancer, stroke, and heart disease, among others. So, delaying the action to fight climate change causes millions of deaths every year.
"[Leaders] need to ask themselves how many deaths are [they] willing to accept," Neira said. "When health is taken into account, climate action is an opportunity, not a cost."
The Paris Agreement contains the treaty made by the representatives of many countries around the world to fight climate change. These leaders promised to reduce their nations' use of carbon and help lessen global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.
Currently, global leaders and officials are now at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP24, for a two-week meeting. They aim to create a rule that will make the Paris climate agreement into reality. They will be establishing rules, working out on financing, and building ways to ensure that the nations are doing their parts.