Social Costs of Morbidity Impacts of Air Pollution

Social Costs of Morbidity Impacts of Air Pollution. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Alistair Hunt et al. January 28, 2016.

Outdoor air pollution is a major determinant of health worldwide. The greatest public health effects are from increased mortality in adults. However, both PM and O3 also cause a wide range of other, less serious, health outcomes; and there are effects on mortality and morbidity of other pollutants also, e.g. nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulphur dioxide (SO2). These adverse health effects have economic consequences. The paper strives to inform the development of improved estimates of the social costs of human morbidity impacts resulting from outdoor air pollution in two components; namely to develop a core set of pollutant-health end-points to be covered when estimating the costs of morbidity, and to review current estimates of the cost of morbidity from air pollution. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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