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Don't Choke on the Cost: The Health Benefits of Reducing Diesel Pollution in Colombo, Srilangka

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  • Sunil Chandrasiri

    () (Department of Economics, University of Colombo)

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As anyone who has coughed their way through a traffic jam in a Southeast Asian city will tell you, urban traffic congestion is one of the region's major challenges. This study from Sri Lanka has focused on one key aspect of this problem - the health impacts of diesel vehicles in the country's capital, Colombo. Assessments were made of the make-up of the city's traffic and the potential health impacts of various diesel emission sources. It was found that particulate pollution (much of it coming from diesel vehicles) is linked to health problems that may he costing the city up to LKR 22 billion per year.

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  • Sunil Chandrasiri, 2006. "Don't Choke on the Cost: The Health Benefits of Reducing Diesel Pollution in Colombo, Srilangka," EEPSEA Policy Brief pb2006121, Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA), revised Dec 2006.
  • Handle: RePEc:eep:pbrief:pb2006121
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    Keywords

    Health benefit; pollution; Sri Lanka;

    JEL classification:

    • Q52 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Pollution Control Adoption and Costs; Distributional Effects; Employment Effects
    • Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling
    • Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects

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