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Clearer Skies Over ChinaReconciling Air Quality, Climate, and Economic Goals$
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Chris P. Nielsen and Mun S. Ho

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019880

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019880.001.0001

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Benefits to Human Health and Agricultural Productivity of Reduced Air Pollution

Benefits to Human Health and Agricultural Productivity of Reduced Air Pollution

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(p.291) 8 Benefits to Human Health and Agricultural Productivity of Reduced Air Pollution
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Clearer Skies Over China
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Yu Lei

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019880.003.0008

This book has so far shown how the SO2 controls of the 11th Five-Year Plan or a tax of 100 yuan per ton of carbon (27 yuan per ton of CO2) reduced or would reduce emissions and concentrations of a variety of both primary and secondary air pollutants. Among the most important implications of these policies would be their very large effects on public health. To the extent that they affect concentrations of ground-level ozone, they would also impact the productivity of major grain crops. This chapter estimates the health and agricultural benefits that would result from the improved air quality with the two policy options. The chapter considers these topics in sequence, first addressing the centrally important health benefits and then turning to the crop benefits.

Keywords:   Five-Year Plan, emissions, air pollutants, public health, ozone, policy options

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