by Jonathan M. Samet, Thomas A. Burke and Bernard D. Goldstein
The New England Journal of Medicine, March 1, 2017
7 pp. 250 kB
Science-based policies and regulations have resulted in tremendous gains in environmental quality and reduced the population’s exposure to harmful pollutants. The 1970 Clean Air Act (CAA) serves as a powerful example. Since the CAA’s passage, despite an increase of more than 50% in the U.S. population and a 250% increase in the gross domestic product, there has been a 70% reduction in emissions of criteria air pollutants, and an increasing number of lives have been saved each year (160,000 in 2010). As environmental scientists experienced in the development of evidence-based policy, the authors have several recommendations for the Trump administration.