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Renewable Energy is Good for Your Health

Renewable Energy is Good for Your Health

Renewable energy projects and energy efficiency measures—particularly those that replace coal-fired power plants—will not only decrease carbon emissions but may also have major health implications worth millions of dollars , according to researchers at Harvard University. Public health experts evaluated the impact of four different renewable energy or energy efficiency installations in six locations in the mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes regions and came up with a model to simulate and compare the climate and health benefits of each of the 24 scenarios. Depending on the site and installation, they found that benefits ranged from US $5.7 million to $210 million per year. While renewable energy and energy efficiency policies are not typically evaluated for their impacts to public health, other studies have also suggested that reducing air pollution from burning fossil fuels cou...

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