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Harvard Study shows that Air Quality Has Room for Improvement

Denver, CO (PRWEB) August 12, 2014

The air we breathe should be important to us.


  •     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 (
  •     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.

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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Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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American Lung Association in Colorado
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