There’s a hidden pandemic that is killing 8 million people each year and may be making COVID-19 worse. If this is news to you, you’re not alone. Air pollution lacks the headline grabbing power of brutal conflicts and exotic diseases. However, it causes more deaths than war, malaria, tuberculosis, AIDS, and influenza combined.
Burning fossil fuels and organic matter releases not only greenhouse gases but also dangerous pollutants. Thus, emissions reductions have the power both to slow global warming and to improve global health.