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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Air quality and chronic disease: why action on climate change is also good for health

Martine Dennekamp A C and Marion Carey B
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A Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Monash University

B Monash Sustainability Institute, Monash University

C Corresponding author. Email: martine.dennekamp@med.monash.edu.au

NSW Public Health Bulletin 21(6) 115-121 https://doi.org/10.1071/NB10026
Published: 16 July 2010

Abstract

There is increasing evidence that air pollution contributes to the burden of chronic disease and premature mortality, particularly from cardiovascular and respiratory causes. Action now urgently required to mitigate climate change has the potential co-benefit of improving air quality and reducing the chronic disease burden. Fossil fuel combustion, primarily from motor vehicles and energy generation, is a major contributor to anthropogenic climate change and air pollution-related health conditions. Action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving energy efficiency, departing from carbon-intensive energy generation, facilitating mass transit and active transport options, also has the potential for significant public health benefits.


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