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PainedUncomfortable Conversations about the Public's Health$
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Michael Stein and Sandro Galea

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197510384

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197510384.001.0001

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The Two-Degree Solution

The Two-Degree Solution

(p.35) [ 12 ] The Two-Degree Solution

Michael D. Stein

Sandro Galea

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights possible solutions to avoid global warming and its consequences for health. An energy policy firm, Energy Innovation, created a model on how current energy policies would impact future carbon emissions. Industry has the greatest potential for cutting back on global emissions through policies focused on more efficient energy production and stricter emissions standards. Power sector (electricity) emissions would decline with renewable energy incentives and improving the grid's capacity to accommodate multiple energy sources. Transportation sector emissions would drop with stricter fuel economy standards and more green urban transportation systems. The energy consumption of buildings could decrease with more efficient building codes and appliance standards. Meanwhile, carbon pricing is a cross-sector policy that would create carbon taxes and caps, while land use emissions could be reduced through policies aimed at reducing deforestation and forest degradation.

Keywords:   global warming, health, energy policies, carbon emissions, renewable energy, green urban transportation systems, energy consumption, emissions standards, carbon pricing, carbon taxes

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