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Clearing the Air: The Health and Economic Damages of Air Pollution in China / Edition 1
     

Clearing the Air: The Health and Economic Damages of Air Pollution in China / Edition 1

by Mun S. Ho, Chris P. Nielsen
 

ISBN-10: 0262083582

ISBN-13: 9780262083584

Pub. Date: 04/30/2007

Publisher: MIT Press

China's historic economic expansion is driven by fossil fuels, which increase its emissions of both local air pollutants and greenhouse gases dramatically. Clearing the Air is an innovative, quantitative examination of the national damage caused by China's degraded air quality, conducted in a pathbreaking, interdisciplinary U.S.-China collaboration. Its

Overview

China's historic economic expansion is driven by fossil fuels, which increase its emissions of both local air pollutants and greenhouse gases dramatically. Clearing the Air is an innovative, quantitative examination of the national damage caused by China's degraded air quality, conducted in a pathbreaking, interdisciplinary U.S.-China collaboration. Its damage estimates are allocated by sector, making it possible for the first time to judge whether, for instance, power generation, transportation, or an unexpected source such as cement production causes the greatest environmental harm. Such objective analyses can reset policy priorities.

Clearing the Air uses this information to show how appropriate "green" taxes might not only reduce emissions and health damages but even enhance China's economic growth. It also shows to what extent these same policies could limit greenhouse gases, suggesting that wealthier nations have a responsibility to help China build environmental protection into its growth.

Clearing the Air is written for diverse readers, providing a bridge from underlying research to policy implications, with easily accessible overviews of issues and summaries of the findings for nonspecialists and policymakers followed by more specialized, interlinked studies of primary interest to scholars. Taken together, these analyses offer a uniquely integrated assessment that supports the book's economic and policy recommendations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262083584
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/30/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
405
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


Preface   Dale W. Jorgenson     vii
Editors' Acknowledgments     xiii
Abbreviations and Acronyms     xv
Introduction, Review, and Summary     1
Air Pollution and Health Damages in China: An Introduction and Review   Chris P. Nielsen   Mun S. Ho     3
Summary for Policy   Chris P. Nielsen   Mun S. Ho     51
Studies of the Assessment     67
Summary for Research   Chris P. Nielsen   Mun S. Ho     69
Estimating Health Effects of Air Pollution in China: An Introduction to Intake Fraction and the Epidemiology   Jonathan I. Levy   Susan L. Greco     115
Local Population Exposure to Pollutants from Major Industrial Sectors and Transportation   Shuxiao Wang   Jiming Hao   Yongqi Lu   Ji Li     143
Local Population Exposure to Pollutants from the Electric Power Sector   Bingjiang Liu   Jiming Hao     189
Population Exposure to Power Plant Emissions Using CALPUFF   Ying Zhou   Jonathan L Levy   James K. Hamniitt   John S. Evans     223
The Economic Value of Air-Pollution-Related Health Risks in China: A Contingent Valuation Study   Yins Zhou   James K.Hammitt     249
Sector Allocation of Emissions and Damage   Mun S. Ho   Dale W. Jorgenson     279
Policies to Control Air Pollution Damages   Mun S. Ho   Dale W. Jorgenson     331
Contributors     373
Index     375
Appendixes
Appendixes appear on enclosed CD
Air Dispersion Simulation and the Power Sector   Bingjiang-Liu
Population Distribution   Bingjiang Liu   Shuxiao Wang
Major Industrial Sectors in Five Cities   Shuxiao Wang
Transportation Sector   Shuxiao Wang
National Intake Fractions   Mun S. Ho   Shuxiao Wang
Description of the Economic Model   Mun S. Ho   Dale W. Jorgenson
Supplementary Details for National Sector Damage Estimates   Mun S. Ho

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