Health impacts of surface ozone (O 3) and fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) are of major concern worldwide. In this work, the Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program tool is applied to estimate the health and economic impacts of projected changes in O 3 and PM 2.5 in the U.S. in future (2046-2055) decade relative to current (2001-2010) decade under the Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 4.5 and 8.5 climate scenarios. Future annual-mean O 3 reductions under RCP 4.5 prevent ~1,800 all-cause mortality, 761 respiratory hospital admissions (HA), and ~1.2 million school loss days annually, and result in economic benefits of ~16 billion, 29 million, and 132 million U.S. dollars (USD), respectively. By contrast, the projected future annual-mean O 3 increases under RCP8.5 cause ~2,400 mortality, 941 respiratory HA, and ~1.6 million school loss days annually and result in economic disbenefits of ~21 billion, 36 million, and 175 million USD, respectively. Health benefits of reduced O 3 double under RCP4.5 and health dis-benefits of increased O 3 increase by 1.5 times under RCP8.5 in future with 2050 population and baseline incidence rate. Because of the reduction in projected future PM 2.5 over CONUS under both scenarios, the annual avoided all-cause deaths, cardiovascular HA, respiratory HA, and work loss days are ~63,000 and ~83,000, ~5,300 and ~7,000, ~12,000 and ~15,000, and ~7.8 million and ~10 million, respectively, leading to economic benefits of ~560 and ~740 billion, ~240 and ~320 million, ~450 and ~590 million, and ~1,400 and ~1,900 million USD for RCP4.5 and 8.5, respectively. Health benefits of reduced PM 2.5 for future almost double under both scenarios with the largest benefits in urban areas. RCP8.5 projects larger health and economic benefits due to a greater reduction in PM 2.5 but with a warmer atmosphere and higher O 3 pollution than RCP4.5. RCP4.5 leads to multiple-benefit goals including reduced O 3 and PM 2.5, reduced mortality and morbidity, and saved costs. Greater reduction in future PM 2.5 under RCP4.5 should be considered to achieve larger multi-benefits.
Health impacts and cost-benefit analyses of surface O-3 and PM2.5 over the US under future climate and emission scenarios
Yang, P., Zhang, Y., Wang, K., Doraiswamy, P., & Cho, S-H. (2019). Health impacts and cost-benefit analyses of surface O-3 and PM2.5 over the US under future climate and emission scenarios. Environmental Research, 178, . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2019.108687