What are the health costs of environmental pollution?
This report outlines some of the methodologies that have been used to account for the health costs of environmental pollution, both in Europe and other parts of the world. The strengths and weaknesses of each methodology are considered, and their potential applications explored. Finally, the future directions of research in this field are investigated.
Environmental pollution causes death, pain and suffering. How do we estimate the economic impact of these health damages on society? And what should we pay to reduce or avoid the damage? The new Future Brief explores how to assign an economic value to the health impacts of pollution. Costing health impacts has a number of uses in environmental policymaking, from communicating the burden of pollution to informing taxes on polluting activities. Two infographics accompany this report
What would you spend to save a life? This infographic highlights a fundamental question faced by policymakers: what would you spend to save a life from the effects of pollution?
Ways to cost environmental pollution: DALYs and QALYs explained View our infographic which explains key differences between a Disability Adjusted Life Year (DALY) and a Quality Adjusted Life Year (QALY), two important approaches to costing the health impacts of environmental pollution.