How energy policies affect public health.
THE CONNECTION BETWEEN energy policy and increased levels of respiratory and cardiopulmonary disease has become clearer in the past few years.
People living in cities with high levels of pollution have a higher risk of mortality than those living in less polluted cities.
The pollutants most directly linked to increased morbidity and mortality include ozone, particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, volatile organic compounds, and oxides of nitrogen.
Energy-related emissions generate the vast majority of these polluting chemicals.
Technologies to prevent pollution in the transportation, manufacturing, building, and utility sectors can significantly reduce these emissions while reducing the energy bills of consumers and businesses.
In short, clean energy technologies represent a very cost-effective investment in public health.
Some 72% of the Federal government's investment in the research, development, and demonstration of pollution prevention technologies is made by the Department of Energy, with the largest share provided by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
This article will examine the connections between air pollution and health problems and will discuss what the Department of Energy is doing to prevent air pollution now and in the future.
Mots-clés Pascal : Politique énergétique, Pollution air, Milieu urbain, Prévention pollution, Toxicité, Santé, Homme, Appareil respiratoire pathologie, Santé et environnement, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Politique sanitaire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Energy policy, Air pollution, Urban environment, Pollution prevention, Toxicity, Health, Human, Respiratory disease, Health and environment, United States, North America, America, Health policy
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0439509
Code Inist : 002B30A02A. Création : 10/04/1997.