Australia's fossil fuel sickness

A new paper shows how actions to reduce carbon emissions could save billions in health costs. This will help to build a richer appreciation amongst the Australian public of the potential benefits from constraining fossil fuel use, something which Europeans appear to be more accutely aware of.

The Climate Institute and the Climate and Health Alliance have released a briefing paper today outlining how actions that can cut carbon pollution could also deliver billions of dollars in health benefits. Some rather stark examples used to demonstrate their case are:

-- Coal-fired power in Australia burdens the community with a human health cost – from lung, heart, and nervous system diseases – estimated at $2.6 billion annually.

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