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Climate Change by the Numbers: 600,000 Deaths Annually

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by: Danny Clemens
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By the year 2030, climate change and the carbon economy will claim a combined 6 million deaths annually, 600,000 of which will be directly attributed to climate change, estimates DARA. The independent, non-profit organization predicts that a total of 100 million lives will be lost between 2012 and 2030 to climate- and carbon-related causes.

Of the 600,000 annual deaths, more than 60% will be a direct result of hunger and malnutrition. Another 25% will be caused by diarrheal infections, with remaining fatalities pegged to heat & cold illnesses, malaria, meningitis and environmental disasters.

Carbon economy-related air pollution, indoor smoke, occupational hazards and skin cancer will claim an additional 3.2 million deaths each year.

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