Social Cost of Carbon Estimates

Inform U.S. Climate Policy

The Health, Environment, and Policy program continues to shape how the health impacts of temperature are included in economic models of climate change. Regionally resolved estimates of the impact of temperature on all-cause mortality risks are included in a recent publication led by Program Director Kevin Cromar. These estimates are ready to be directly included in economic models that estimate the economic damages attributable to changes in greenhouse-gas emissions, also known as the social cost of greenhouse gases. The peer-reviewed paper also includes recommendations from a panel of over two dozen health and economic experts on how climate-economic models can be improved moving forward. This work was supported by the U.S. EPA, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and CDC and is expected to be included in the soon-to-be updated social-cost-of-carbon estimates that inform U.S. climate policy.

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