If, in recent years, energy had been generated by burning coal instead of using nuclear power the higher small particle emissions would have increased the number of premature deaths by as much as 150,000 each year. About two-thirds of these deaths would have occurred in Europe where most of the nuclear power plants are located. All in all, small atmospheric particles cause about 3.2 million premature deaths each year.
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