Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Our Uncashed Dividend: The Health Benefits of Climate Action

Actions that cut carbon pollution can improve Australians' health and could save billions of dollars and thousands of lives each year, a new report finds.

Our Uncashed Dividend: The Health Benefits of Climate Action is jointly produced by the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA), a national coalition of health groups, and The Climate Institute. The report is supported by the AMA and the AHHA. The report draws together a large and growing body of evidence from health and medical research showing substantial health benefits linked to measures to cut emissions.

"Evidence from around the world suggests we're missing out if we don't cash in on the big health dividend that cutting emissions can deliver," report author and CAHA Convenor Fiona Armstrong said.

"Cleaner energy, cycling and walking, protecting bushland, energy efficient buildings and low-carbon food choices all contribute to less chronic illnesses, including heart and lung disease, certain cancers, obesity, diabetes, and depression. One recent global study, for instance, found that for every tonne of carbon dioxide they avoid countries could save an average of $46 in health costs - around twice Australia's starting price for carbon."

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