Heat-related deaths in India increased by 55% in 17 years, finds Lancet study
The study estimated that in 2020, more than 3,30,000 persons died in India because of exposure to particulate matter from fossil fuel combustion. “Improvements in air quality will help to prevent deaths resulting from exposure to fossil fuel derived particulate matter,” the report said.
The study stated that climate change has been amplifying the health impacts of multiple crises in India. It said that between the periods 1951-1960 and 2012-2021, the number of months suitable for dengue transmission by the Aedes aegypti mosquito increased by 1.69% and reached 5.6 months every year.
The study also found that biomass accounted for 61% of household energy consumption in 2019 in India, while fossil fuels accounted for 20%.
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