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Capitol Health Call
August 11, 2015

Estimating the Benefits of Mitigating Climate Change

JAMA. 2015;314(6):549. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.9350

The Obama Administration recently announced the release of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report entitled “Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action” (http://www2.epa.gov/cira). The report estimates potential reductions in adverse health outcomes related to extreme heat and poor air quality if immediate measures are taken to limit global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (http://1.usa.gov/1TiUiE6). The analysis underlying the report compares health outcomes related to heat and air quality under 2 scenarios: one in which GHG mitigation measures have been implemented and one in which they have not.