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Scoping review to understand the potential for public health impacts of transitioning to lower carbon emission technologies and policies

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posted on 15.12.2020, 07:43 authored by Rachel ThamRachel Tham, Geoff Morgan, Shyamali Dharmage, Guy Marks, Christine Cowie
Background: The transformation of the global energy sector from fossil-based fuels to low/non-carbon fuels will reduce environmental pollutant load, which in turn will benefit human health. However, with upscaling of emerging renewable technologies and energy sources, it is important to identify the potential for unintended health impacts, and to understand where the knowledge gaps lie with respect to health. We aimed to identify these gaps by conducting a scoping review. Methods: We conducted a systematic search of Medline, Web of Science, PubMed and EMBASE. We used broad search terms to capture literature associated with energy transitioning to low/non-carbon energy sources or related technologies, combined with terms relevant to measuring or estimating health outcomes/impacts associated with environmental exposures. We included original epidemiological studies, reviews, health impact assessments (HIAs), life cycle assessments (LCAs), and modelling studies that examined health impacts.


This review was funded through a seed grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council funded Centre of Research Excellence, Centre for Air pollution, energy and health Research (CAR) (NHMRC APP1030259; [SEED05.2017]).


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Environmental Research Communications





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35p. (p. 1-35)


Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing



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