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Why Carbon Pricing is a Public Health Issue
March 17, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Air pollution is one of the world’s largest killers, responsible for 6.4 million deaths around the world each year. In the U.S. alone, studies have shown that more than 100,000 Americans die from pollution-related illnesses annually, which include increased risks of heart disease, lung cancer, and asthma attacks, among other diseases.
How can carbon pricing reap public health benefits? A 2014 Harvard study, led by Dr. Jonathan Buonocore, found that a moderate price on carbon in Massachusetts would save 340 lives and reap $2.9 billion of cumulative health benefits. Similarly, a 2020 Climate XChange study found that California cap-and-trade investments have generated $19.7 billion in public health benefits.
Join us for a Deep Dive Webinar on the public health benefits of carbon pollution pricing. The lead authors of these reports, as well as American Public Health Association’s Rachel McMonagle, will discuss the research on how carbon pricing can effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save lives.