According to Marc Jacobson, a scientist from Stanford University (California), higher mortality rates in the US could be blamed directly to the build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
"The study is the first specifically to isolate carbon dioxide's effect from that of other global-warming agents and to find quantitatively that chemical and meteorological changes due to carbon dioxide itself increase mortality due to increased ozone, particles and carcinogens in the air."
Jacobson added that each additional one degree Celsius in the global climate caused by carbon dioxide would lead to around 1,000 deaths per year and increasing cases of respiratory illnesses and asthma in the US.
That's the bad news.
The good news? You can contribute to reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere such as lowering your fuel and energy consumption, reducing waste and by planning ahead and telling your loved ones you want to be buried in a biodegradable coffin....