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Renewable Energy May Have Saved Over 12,000 Lives

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When it comes to renewable energy, the benefits extend beyond just literally helping the environment. For example, over the span of increased installations of wind and solar power since 2007, it’s improved air quality everywhere. Based on an analysis report by Nature Energy, those advantages could have saved up to 12,700 lives in the United States.

A number of researchers evaluated the climate and benefits of wind and solar generation in a period between 2007 and 2015. Over that time, generation has grown from 35,000 gigawatt-hours to an enormous 227,000 gigawatt-hours, over a 73 percent increase in eight years. California used to be a renewable generation powerhouse, but especially in the solar industry their share has dropped compared to other regions from 87 percent to 63 percent.