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Climate Change, Heat Exposure Reducing India's Labour Force By 7%: Report

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Climate change is making more people vulnerable to heat exposure and air pollution in India leading to one lakh premature deaths and 7 per cent reduction in country's labour force, the researchers said in an analysis in The Lancet medical journal. Ambient air pollution from the coal-based power plants leads to 107,000 premature deaths in India, the study has estimated. Both the young and the elderly living in the close vicinity of such power plants have been found equally vulnerable. The Lancet Countdown 2018 study places India among the countries that have suffered high social and economic costs from climate change, particularly carbon emissions and air pollution from coal burning.

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