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AQLI: new data reveals little progress globally in reducing air pollution over the last two decades

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Particulate air pollution continues to cut global life expectancy by nearly two years as progress in some countries counterbalances worsening air quality in others, according to the Air Quality Life Index (AQLI). China began a “war against pollution” in 2013.

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IEA finds CO2 emissions flat for third straight year even as global economy grew in 2016

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Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were flat for a third straight year in 2016 even as the global economy grew, according to the International Energy Agency. This was the result of growing renewable power generation, switches from coal to natural gas, improvements in energy efficiency, as well as structural changes in the global economy. The decline was driven by a surge in shale gas supplies and more attractive renewable power that displaced coal.

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UN Environment report says national GHG pledges only bring one-third of reductions needed for Paris Agreement

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Substantial emission reductions due to fuel economy standards for passenger cars are already included in the current policy scenario. The report also covers an assessment of the potential contribution from reductions in short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs). There are an estimated 6,683 operating coal-fired power plants in the world, with a combined capacity of 1,964 GW.

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