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Health co-benefits

Efforts to tackle climate change have met significant financial and political barriers that have been difficult to overcome. Research now shows that such measures are justified on grounds other than mitigation of climate change.

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Figure 1: The health and associated economic benefits of climate change mitigation in 20304.


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Thurston, G. Health co-benefits. Nature Clim Change 3, 863–864 (2013).

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