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Energy and Human Health

Smith, Kirk R; Frumkin, Howard; Balakrishnan, Kalpana; Butler, Colin; Chafe, Zoe; Fairlie, Ian; Kinney, Patrick; Kjellstrom, Tord; Mauzerall, Denise; McKone, Thomas; McMichael, Anthony; Schneider, Mycle


Energy use is central to human society and provides many health benefits. But each source of energy entails some health risks. This article reviews the health impacts of each major source of energy, focusing on those with major implications for the burden of disease globally. The biggest health impacts accrue to the harvesting and burning of solid fuels, coal and biomass, mainly in the form of occupational health risks and household and general ambient air pollution. Lack of access to clean...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Annual Review of Public Health
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-031912-114404
Access Rights: Open Access


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