The toll of "dirty energy" on humans

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Pollution from fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas is taking a toll on people's health worldwide, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The so-called "dirty energy" from these fuels kills millions of people each year.

Coal generally causes the most air pollution followed by diesel, while natural gas and gasoline cause the least.

IMF is proposing a tax on motor fuels and carbon for example, commensurate with the damage they cause.

Speaking to Mark Bettancourt, Ian Parry from IMF's Fiscal Affairs Department explains how the tax would work.

Duration: 4'06''

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