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The Best Reason for You to Ditch Fossil Fuel? Start with the Air You're Breathing

Cleaning up the air is an issue that starts with your health, not just the planet's.

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In the 20th century, environmentalists urged us to  “think globally, act locally.” As we embark on the clean energy transition of the 21st century, we also need to think locally when acting globally.

James K. Boyce teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he directs the program on development, peacebuilding and the environment at the  Political Economy Research Institute . Manuel Pastor teaches at the University of Southern California, where he directs the  Program for Environmental and Regional Equity . They are the authors of ” Cooling the Planet, Clearing the Air ,” a study commissioned by  E3: Economics for Equity and the Environment  and co-published with the  Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies .

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