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Study finds limiting global warming to 2°C by cutting carbon emissions could prevent thousands of premature deaths, reduce healthcare costs

Author: Arthur Neslen, Guardian (UK), Published on: 31 March 2015

"Limiting climate change could have huge economic benefits, study finds", 31 Mar 2015

Europe has promised a 40% emissions cut by 2030, compared to 1990 levels – and the report says this will bring real benefits, including 70,000 full-time jobs, the prevention of around 6,000 pollution-related deaths, and a €33bn cut in fossil fuel imports. But if emissions were slashed by around 55% – the study’s proposed route for holding global warming to two degrees – those benefits would multiply to $173bn fuel savings, 420,000 full-time clean energy jobs and 46,000 lives saved, its authors say...

“The massive health benefits expected from mitigation action not only include premature deaths avoided but also reduced healthcare costs and increased productivity. This should be welcome news for European decision-makers,”  [said Anne Stauffer, the deputy director of the Health and Environment Alliance.]...Putting China on course for a world warmed only by two degrees would save over a million lives and create almost 2m jobs – compared to the 100,000 lives and 500,000 jobs set out in its climate deal with the US...“Our industries must face the challenge of massive decarbonisation,” said Sharan Burrow, the International Trade Union Confederation’s secretary-general...

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