Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Cuts in Carbon Emissions Aim to Improve Health

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Cuts in Carbon Emissions Aim to Improve Health

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United States power plants--the main source of carbon pollution in the world's largest economy--must cut these emissions by 30% by 2030, according to new regulations announced by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month.

A day later, a government adviser said China would also limit carbon dioxide emissions for the first time. He Jiankun, chairman of Chinas Advisory Committee on Climate Change, told a 3 June conference in Beijing that an absolute cap on these emissions would be introduced in the next five-year plan.

The developments in China and the United States raised hopes that countries will reach a strong universal agreement at the United Nations Conference on Climate in Paris in December 2015.

The new EPA rules are part of the Climate Action Plan launched last year by US President Barack Obama, who has emphasized the health gains as well as the climate benefits of tackling climate pollution as envisaged by the plan. …

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