Sustainable energy, economic growth and public health


Haines, A; (2001) Sustainable energy, economic growth and public health. Medicine, conflict, and survival, 17 (1). pp. 56-62. ISSN 1362-3699

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Abstract

Dramatic economic growth over the last 50 years has been accompanied by widening inequalities world-wide in wealth and energy consumption, diminished life expectancy in some countries, and deteriorating indices of environmental sustainability including loss of bio-diversity. Raised output of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases due to increased economic and industrial activity is causing progressive climate change, leading in turn to direct and indirect adverse effects on health. Emissions of greenhouse gases can be lowered by increased use of renewable energy sources, for example, wind power in the United Kingdom (UK), greater energy efficiency and other measures to promote sustainability. The experience of some developing countries shows that favourable indicators of health and development can accompany a low output of greenhouse gases. It is unclear whether contemporary political and social systems can deliver improved human development without increased use of fossil fuels and other resources.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Climate, Developing Countries, Economics, statistics & numerical data, trends, Ecosystem, Energy-Generating Resources, statistics & numerical data, Environmental Health, statistics & numerical data, trends, Forecasting, Greenhouse Effect, Human, Life Expectancy, Public Health, statistics & numerical data, trends, World Health
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- ) > Dept of Nutrition and Public Health Interventions Research (2003-2012)
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
Research Centre: Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 11339344
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/18281

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