Tackling Climate Change Will Lead To Health, Economic Benefits

The Guardian: Tackling global warming will improve health, save lives, and save money
John Abraham, professor of thermal sciences at the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering

“A very recent study released in JAMA (Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities for Global Health) provides a very thorough review showing how climate change affects human health. Perhaps more importantly, the paper also describes how tackling climate change leads to many health and economic benefits. … [T]oo often, the cost-benefit analysis is focused solely on the energy costs … Rarely do we think of the other benefits that might be achieved by taking smart actions. … We often hear that mitigating and adapting to climate change is too expensive. We are now learning that doing nothing is very costly and an unwise choice. What this latest work shows us is that taking action will provide hidden auxiliary benefits that should encourage us to act faster” (10/6).

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