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Climate Facts: Reduction in emissions will prevent 260,000 deaths annually

Climate Facts: Reduction in emissions will prevent 260,000 deaths annually
September 02
09:09 2021

The complexities of climate change and its associated jargon can make it difficult to digest. TheCable’s climate quick facts will help to demystify these climate concepts through easy-to-understand and straight-to-the-point explanations.

Here are some to keep at the tip of your fingers:

  • The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) states that Sustainable agriculture uses up to 56 percent less energy, creates 64 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than conventional farming.


  • Livestock emissions account for roughly 32 percent of human-caused methane emissions, according to UNEP


  • Every year, the subsequent reduction in ground-level ozone — ozone that is formed when pollutants emitted by cars, power plants, industrial boilers, refineries, chemical plants, and other sources chemically react in the presence of sunlight causing harm to humans — will prevent 260,000 premature deaths, according to UNEP.


  • According to UNEP, reduction of human-caused methane emissions by 45 percent this decade will avert nearly 0.3°C of global warming by 2045 and help limit global temperature rise to 1.5˚C.


  • UNEP states that methane has accounted for roughly 30 percent of global warming since pre-industrial times and is proliferating faster than at any other time since record-keeping began in the 1980s. 


This story is published in partnership with Report for the World, a global service program that supports local public interest journalism.


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