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Reducing greenhouse gases will have good short term effect

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 02 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1367
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Reducing greenhouse gases would have immediate as well as long term health benefits, the World Health Organization (WHO) argued at the climate change summit.

    Researchers pointed to a growing body of scientific evidence attributing deaths to air pollution. Reducing greenhouse gases, they argued, also meant cleaner air, and targeting fossil fuel emissions in particular had dramatic health benefits.

    Initial results from a study of eight Italian cities suggest that 4.7% of total mortality—3500 deaths annually in a population of 11 …

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