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Harvard Study shows that Air Quality Has Room for Improvement
Date:8/12/2014

Denver, CO (PRWEB) August 12, 2014

The air we breathe should be important to us.

WHAT:

  •     The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released draft carbon pollution standards that will help confront climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants in the U.S.
  •     The same power plants that emit carbon dioxide also emit other harmful pollutants that cause smog, fine particulate matter, and ground-level ozone which contribute to increased risk of heart attacks, asthma attacks, life-threatening respiratory illnesses, and premature death.
  •     Scientists from Harvard and Syracuse University, together with the Science Policy Exchange, have undertaken a first-of-its-kind study that compares business as usual conditions with three alternatives for the carbon
  •     They released their first set of results on May 27, 2014 showing how air quality change. The report summarizing those results is available online (eng-cs.syr.edu/carboncobenefits).
  •     They are currently analyzing the health benefits of the cleaner air and will release those results in mid-September 2014. But they are able to give us a glimpse at their national estimates of health benefits.
  •     Results from the scenario that is most like the EPA proposal show that a stringent and flexible carbon standard would reduce emissions of other harmful pollutants of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides by about 775,000 tons each year. As a result of lower emissions, all U.S. states would experience cleaner air.

WHO:
Jonathan Buonocore Sc.D.
Program Leader Climate, Energy, and Health
Center for Health and the Global Environment
Harvard School of Public Health

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