Power plant standards to cut climate-changing carbon emissions will reduce other harmful air pollution and provide substantial human health benefits, according to a new study. The research shows that, depending on the policy options included in the final Clean Power Plan, the power plant standards could prevent thousands of premature deaths and hospitalizations, and hundreds of heart attacks in the United States every year.In the new study, Health Co-benefits of Carbon Standards for Existing Power Plants, scientists at Harvard, Syracuse, and Boston University analyzed three options for standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. They modeled air quality and health benefits for these scenarios and compared them to business as usual in the year 2020. The analysis is called a “co-benefits” study because it focuses on the added benefits of a carbon standard that come from reducing other harmful power plant emissions such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter. These pollutants are precursors to smog and soot that cause heart and lung disease, exacerbate asthma, and contribute to premature death.“Our study shows that standards to cut carbon emissions from power plants can reduce other harmful pollutants, leading almost immediately to cleaner air and improved health,” said co-author Jonathan Buonocore of Harvard School of Public Health. These added health benefits would help address ongoing air pollution impacts in the U.S. Read Full Story
Tottenham have been given permission to speak to Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen, according to the Dutch club. Press Association “Yes, Levy was here and Eriksen has been given permission to speak to Tottenham,” Ajax director of football Marc Overmars told De Telegraaf. Tottenham are reported to have offered around £8million for the 21-year-old, but that falls short of Ajax’s £12million valuation. “There is no agreement yet until it’s signed,” Overmars added. “Obviously, if it happens, we won’t be happy at all to lose him but he only has a year left on his contract.” Ajax signed Eriksen from Danish club Odense Boldklub in 2008 and he has since gone on to establish himself as one of the most promising young midfielders in Europe. Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, who used to play with the Dane at Ajax, thinks Spurs will be signing a top talent if the deal goes through. “He is a good guy,” said Vertonghen, who moved from Ajax to Tottenham last summer. “I played with him for four years and he is a good player.” Spurs have been chasing Eriksen for a while and they have stepped up their interest in the Dane following the news Gareth Bale is close to sealing a world-record move to Real Madrid. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was in Amsterdam on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of signing the midfielder, who has just one year left on his current contract, and it appears that the talks have progressed well.