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Climate Change Mitigation: Assessing Strategies that Offer Potential Human Health Benefits

June 6, 2014

Environmental Health Perspectives – Cimate change mitigation strategies, including efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, are not specifically designed to improve human health but could potentially do so anyway.A review in this issue ofEHP critically examines different models for estimating these so-called co-benefits and highlights improvements that could help assess which mitigation strategies are the most promising for both climate and human health.

Mitigation strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions include shifting from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, reducing energy use and waste, and improving transportation options.These strategies may also reduce air pollution, improve water quality, and promote physical activity. Characterizing the potential scope and scale of these health co-benefits can help policy makers prioritize mitigation actions against a backdrop of finite time and resources.

Read the full report here