Saving the planet does a body good

But “appropriate mitigation strategies” will themselves have “additional and independent effects on health,” a summary of the series states. 

For example, replacing inefficient cook stoves in India would reduce indoor air pollution and decrease the incidence of respiratory infections in children younger than 5 years old and chronic respiratory and heart disease in adults 30 years and older.

Walking more and driving less, meanwhile, could cut the rates of heart disease, stroke, cancer, dementia and depression. 

Daniel Carucci, vice president for Global Health of the United Nations Foundation, said the studies, “highlight the importance of the co-benefits of climate change mitigation on health and importantly suggest that the health outcomes of these strategies could be immediate and long lasting.”