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NZ's Climate Change Commission needs to account for the huge potential health benefits of reducing emissions

By Nick Wilson, Professor of Public Health, University of Otago
Caroline Shaw, Associate Professor in Public Health, University of Otago
Jude Ball, Research Fellow in Public Health, University of Otago
Michael Baker, Professor of Public Health, University of Otago
Simon Hales, University of Otago
Tim Chambers, Senior Research Fellow in the Health Environment & Infection Research Unit (HEIRU), University of Otago
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The Climate Change Commission’s recent draft report and recommendations has helped to kick-start an extremely important process.

But, as others have argued, there remain serious questions about its narrow view and lack of ambition in key areas.

In particular, the commission has not adequately considered the potential health benefits of climate change mitigation — that is, how reducing…

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