Substituting 'H2 for C' and reducing global inequalities in health

Bellaby, P., Flynn, R. and Ricci, M. (2011) Substituting 'H2 for C' and reducing global inequalities in health. Journal of Global Ethics, 7 (1). pp. 91-103. ISSN 1744-9626 Available from:

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Life expectancy and health differ greatly between emerging and developed countries and within countries. Global dependence on fossil fuels contributes to health inequalities through air pollution, the geopolitics of scarce resources and probable climate change arising from global warming. Substituting for fossil fuels (C), hydrogen (H2), as vector and store of energy produced from low-carbon and/or renewable sources could reduce health inequalities by improving the environment. It is unlikely that the global market would initiate such a change. Nation-states would not act alone and would need to cooperate in leading it. Global recession might be the incentive that is needed to restructure a C-economy into an H2-economy. Yet, the transition would carry high costs, which would have to be borne by the developed countries in order to achieve a new treaty that included emerging countries. H2 for C is thus not only a technical fix, but also a global-ethical choice.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:health inequalities, hydrogen energy, fossil fuels, global ethics
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Geography and Environmental Management
ID Code:14360
Deposited By: J. Triggle
Deposited On:21 Apr 2011 06:23
Last Modified:20 Sep 2016 01:40

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