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Urban energy, carbon management (low carbon cities) and co-benefits for human health

Milner, J; Davies, M; Wilkinson, P; (2012) Urban energy, carbon management (low carbon cities) and co-benefits for human health. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability , 4 (4) 398 - 404. 10.1016/j.cosust.2012.09.011. Green open access

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Abstract

In the past decade, there has been growing evidence that activities to mitigate climate change can have beneficial impacts on public health as a result of changes to environmental pollutants and health-related behaviours. Urban settlements provide particular opportunities to help achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and thus associated health benefits. Energy efficiency improvements in housing can help protect against the adverse health effects of low and high temperatures and outdoor air pollution; transport interventions, especially ones that entail increased walking and cycling, can help improve physical activity and the urban environment; and switching to low carbon fuels to generate electricity can reduce air pollution-related health burdens. However, interventions need to be carefully designed and implemented to maximize health benefits and minimize potential adverse health risks.

Type: Article
Title: Urban energy, carbon management (low carbon cities) and co-benefits for human health
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2012.09.011
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2012.09.011
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1378676
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