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Biomass energy and human health

Cui, Hejing (2015) Biomass energy and human health. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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With rapid economic growth, energy plays a vital role for both developing and developed countries. Sustainable energy, like that produced from biomass, is becoming the main source in many developing countries. This essay will discuss biomass energy as a renewable energy source. Biomass energy includes both positive and negative effect to public health. The adverse health effects of exposing to traditional biomass smoke include respiratory and cardiovascular morbidity, causing aggravated coughing and difficult or painful breathing. The objective of this essay is to focus on the public health matters associated with biomass energy. The harmful effects of traditional biomass fuels, including their influence on environmental air pollution and how this may be mitigated, will be covered. Also, the benefits to the public of sustainable resources derived from biomass through modern indirect processes will be discussed. Using modern, indirect approaches, biomass energy is abundant and can be produced anywhere thus reducing dependence on foreign oil. Biomass is the only fuel available for renewable, combustion-based electricity generation that can regenerate quickly and has a long history of use for direct heating applications. In the analysis part, there will be more details about how these energies should be managed and designed to well adapt to an urban environment.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cui, Hejing
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairPeterson, Jamesjimmyp@pitt.eduJIMMYPUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberWei, Nanwei@nd.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 23 April 2015
Date Type: Submission
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Environmental and Occupational Health
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2015 22:05
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2022 11:56


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