Study Connects Emission Cuts to Reduction of Early Deaths

May 6, 2015 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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A new study finds that the Obama administration’s controversial plan to cut climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions from coal-burning power plants could also reduce the number of premature deaths in the U.S. by about 3,500 a year, including 330 in Pennsylvania.

The study findings, published Monday in Nature Climate Change — a peer-reviewed scientific journal — show Pennsylvania would experience the highest number of avoidable premature deaths annually, with Ohio (280) second and Texas (230) third.

The study by scientists from Harvard, Boston and Syracuse universities found that federal policies similar to the Clean Power Plan, intended to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels, would also cause a decline in lung disease and heart attacks. In Pennsylvania, that translates into 71 hospitalizations and 19 heart attacks avoided each year. Nationwide, the policies would result in 1,000 fewer hospitalizations and 220 fewer heart attacks…

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