Energy and human health

K Smith, H Frumkin, Kalpana Balakrishnan, Colin BUTLER, Z Chafe, I Fairlie, P Kinney, T Kjellstrom, D Mauzerall, T McKone, A McMichael, M Schnieder

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)159-188
    Number of pages30
    JournalAnnual Review of Public Health
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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