Continued use of coal will fuel deaths in SA by 2030


Continued use of coal will fuel deaths in SA by 2030

The African countries that will be most affected are SA, Nigeria and Malawi, according to new research

Senior science reporter

SA has been earmarked as one of three countries that will experience the greatest loss of life by 2030 if Africa sticks with fossil fuels.

According to new research from scientists in the US and UK, “if Africa chooses a future powered by fossil fuels, nearly 50,000 people could die prematurely each year from fossil fuel emissions by 2030, mostly in SA, Nigeria and Malawi”.

“Our work shows the substantial health benefit of shifting to clean energy sources in Africa, which we hope can help incentivise the transition towards renewable energy over fossil fuels,” said Elois Marais, an associate professor at the University of Leicester...

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