Coal + Oil cost Australia nearly $6 billion a year in health costs!

“Coal-fired power triggered lung, heart and nervous system diseases estimated to cost Australia $2.6 billion a year, while the annual health costs of pollution from oil-fuelled vehicles were put at $3.3 billion a year. Switching from vehicle transport to cycling or walking to work would reduce obesity, which would significantly reduce risk of heart disease, breast cancer and mental illness. Reductions in consumption of meat from cattle and sheep, which were big contributors of greenhouse gas in Australia, would not only reduce pollution but also reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer. The report says: “In Australia, air pollution is estimated to kill more people every year than the road toll.”” – Mark Metherell, “Health impact of rising carbon levels said to be costing $6b a year”, SMH, August 2012.

More at Byron’s excellent website here.

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