Special Issue "Health Inequity of Climate Change and Air Quality"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Air Quality and Human Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 July 2022) | Viewed by 1734

Special Issue Editors

Climate, Air Quality Research Unit, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC 3004, Australia
Interests: air pollution; climate change; environmental epidemiology; exposure and health risk assessment; extreme weather influenced health effects; birth outcomes; children’s respiratory health; perinatal health; planetary health; sustainable development
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Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Cheeloo College of Medicine, Shandong University, 44 West Wenhua Road, Jinan 250012, China
Interests: climate change; environmental epidemiology; time series analysis
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate change is one of the single largest threats in the 21st century, accompanied by increasing frequency and intensity of climatic events (e.g., extreme temperatures, flood and storm). These events rise considerable public concern due to their association with excess burden of diseases. Air pollution is another important environmental risk factor, which affects human health independently or by interacting with climate-changing conditions. To date, the complex association between climatic conditions and air pollution with various health outcomes, and the underpinning mechanisms are far from clear. Moreover, there is growing evidence speculating that the health impacts of climate change and air pollution are not equally distributed across populations and regions. Clarifying these research questions is essential for systematically understanding the impacts of climatic and air-quality hazards, and the development of health promotion policies.

This special issue aims to present original research articles and reviews in order to provide solid new findings with regard to health impacts and inequity of climate change and air quality. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to, review and original research in: (1) climate change, air pollution and health outcomes from biomarkers to mortality; (2) health inequity of climate change and air pollution across populations and geographic regions; (3) new methods for exposure assessment; and (4) evaluation of policies targeting the mitigation and adaptation of climate change and air pollution.

Dr. Shanshan Li
Dr. Qi Zhao
Guest Editors

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  • climate
  • air pollution
  • extreme weather
  • health risks
  • inequity
  • exposure assessment
  • adaptation

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Air Quality Health Benefits of the Nevada Renewable Portfolio Standard
Atmosphere 2022, 13(9), 1387; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos13091387 - 29 Aug 2022
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In recent years, renewable portfolio standards (RPS), which require a certain percentage of electricity sold to consumers to come from renewable resources, have been established by many state governments to mitigate emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants in the United States. Nevada’s [...] Read more.
In recent years, renewable portfolio standards (RPS), which require a certain percentage of electricity sold to consumers to come from renewable resources, have been established by many state governments to mitigate emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants in the United States. Nevada’s RPS set a target of 50% of electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. By coupling the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool (AVERT) and CO–Benefits Risk Assessment (COBRA) model, this study assesses potential emission reductions from fossil fuels owing to this requirement and regional health benefits via improved air quality, as well as how these benefits vary spatially under high and low projected electricity demands in 2030. Successful implementation of the RPS could produce health benefits equivalent to USD 3–8 million per year for Nevada residents and up to USD 164 million per year for the entire U.S. Nevada is ranked only 6th among states benefiting from the policy, while California and Washington obtain the most health benefits. There is also inequity among Nevada counties, partly caused by the county population and proximity to major fossil fuel power plants. Lowering electricity demands by 5% in Nevada would lead to a ~10% increase in health benefits. These findings should empower public support of RPS policies and energy conservation to reduce air pollution and public health inequity for the region. Full article
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