Health Effects of Climate Change

Marron Institute's Director of Air Quality Dr. Kevin Cromar has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control, Environmental Protection Agency, and American Thoracic Society to lead a project, titled Improving Damage Function Estimates for Health Effects of Climate Change. This effort will bring together leading health experts, environmental economists, and government agencies to improve the damage functions used to estimate health impacts in economic models of climate change. This project directly addresses the needs identified in a 2017 report on Valuing Climate Damages by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, to provide improved damage functions that are "consistent with the state of scientific knowledge as reflected in the body of current, peer-reviewed literature." This project will not only improve health sector estimates of the social cost of carbon, but will also serve as a model for coordinating expertise across disciplines in order to improve economic models of climate change.

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