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World Bank Report: Public Transit Can Help Stem Climate Change Effects

Public transportation and other policies that improve energy efficiency could help tackle the effects of climate change while saving lives, reducing crop losses, and increasing global economic output by more than $1.8 trillion per year, according to a report released June 26 by the World Bank and the ClimateWorks Foundation.

The report, Adding Up the Benefits, shows the potential economic, health, and other gains that could result from instituting climate-smart policies in the U.S., Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and the European Union. For example, in 2030 these policies could prevent the production of greenhouse gas emissions roughly equivalent to taking two billion cars off the road while also averting approximately 94,000 premature deaths from pollution-related diseases a year.

The text of the report is available at the World Bank website.
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