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The Role of Health Co-Benefits in the Development of Australian Climate Change Mitigation Policies

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EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges, Australian-German Climate and Energy College, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne 3010, Australia
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The Nossal Institute for Global Health, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne 3010, Australia
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School of Earth Sciences, EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne 3010, Australia
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Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, Australian-German Climate and Energy College, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne 3010, Australia
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enHealth Secretariat, Department of Health, Canberra, Australia
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Academic Editors: Jason K. Levy and Peiyong Yu
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(9), 927; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph13090927
Received: 29 July 2016 / Revised: 9 September 2016 / Accepted: 13 September 2016 / Published: 20 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ecological Economics, Environmental Health Policy and Climate Change)
Reducing domestic carbon dioxide and other associated emissions can lead to short-term, localized health benefits. Quantifying and incorporating these health co-benefits into the development of national climate change mitigation policies may facilitate the adoption of stronger policies. There is, however, a dearth of research exploring the role of health co-benefits on the development of such policies. To address this knowledge gap, research was conducted in Australia involving the analysis of several data sources, including interviews carried out with Australian federal government employees directly involved in the development of mitigation policies. The resulting case study determined that, in Australia, health co-benefits play a minimal role in the development of climate change mitigation policies. Several factors influence the extent to which health co-benefits inform the development of mitigation policies. Understanding these factors may help to increase the political utility of future health co-benefits studies. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; mitigation policy; Australia; health; co-benefits climate change; mitigation policy; Australia; health; co-benefits
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Workman, A.; Blashki, G.; Karoly, D.; Wiseman, J. The Role of Health Co-Benefits in the Development of Australian Climate Change Mitigation Policies. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 927.

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