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Researching the health benefits of transitioning to clean energy systems and the health impacts of fossil fuels.

 

Clean Energy & Health

Regional renewable electricity projects and energy efficiency measures could have health benefits worth millions of dollars a year.

Climate Policies & Health

Studies by Harvard Chan School researchers found that carbon pricing—where polluters pay a fee on the carbon they produce—can save lives and prevent disease.

Fossil Fuels & Health

Fossil fuel production and combustion is a major driver of climate change, and can also directly affect our health.

'We Don't Have To Live This Way': Doctors Call For Climate Action

A sprawling analysis published by The Lancet focuses on public health data from 2019, and finds that heat waves, air pollution and extreme weather increasingly damage human health.

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2020 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change: U.S. Policy Report

COVID-19 shows how no one is immune from converging health crises and that millions of lives can be saved with climate action.

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Clean Energy Futures Project shows low or zero carbon emissions policies for the electricity sector are achievable with climate and health benefits by 2040 to 2050

New research from Clean Energy Futures Project shows low or zero carbon emissions policies for the electricity sector are achievable with climate and health benefits by 2040 to 2050

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Carbon Standards Re-Examined

Our researchers collaborated with other institutions on a working paper on what EPA’s finalized ACE Rule means for public health. The analysis calls into question the assumptions and predictions used in EPA’s cost-benefit analysis.

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Mercury Matters 2020: A Science Brief for Journalists

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2019 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change: Policy Brief for the U.S.

Every child born today will be affected by climate change. How we respond will shape the health of children across the globe.

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Where to build global renewable energy to do the most good—a guide for sustainable investments

New metrics can guide investors and policymakers working to reach sustainable development goals.

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Where to install renewable energy to get the greatest climate and health benefits in the U.S.

A guide for state and national policymakers designing climate plans and for utility and investor decisions.

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Many More People Live Closer To Underground Gas Storage Wells Than Previously Thought

An estimated 20,000 homes and 53,000 people in predominantly suburban areas of PA, OH, WV, MI, NY, and CA live within a city block of active underground natural gas storage wells.

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House Dust in Mining-Impacted Communities May Impact Children's Health

Young children are a particular concern because early exposures to metals commonly found at mining sites are associated with neurodevelopmental deficits.

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At the Intersection of Human Migration and Climate Change

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The World's First Death Attributed to Air Pollution Could Spark the Change We Need

A young girl in the UK is the first person in the world to have a death certificate that lists air pollution as a cause of death. Our Director Dr. Aaron Bernstein comments on the impact of burning fossil fuels on child health.

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Working to Death

Our Interim Director Dr. Bernstein interviews about how climate change impacts worker health.

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Cracking down on soot pollution could save thousands of lives—but the EPA won’t do it

There’s overwhelming evidence that air pollution is a serious public health problem, says our Research Scientist Jonathan Buonocore.

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Climate Change is Making Us Sick

Our Yerby Fellow Dr. Renee Salas comments on the findings from the 2020 Lancet Countdown report and how climate change is harming our health today.

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Hotter Planet Already Poses Fatal Risks, Health Experts Warn

Our Yerby Fellow Dr. Renee Salas says that climate is a prescription for health in the latest Lancet Countdown on Climate Change and Health.

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'We Don't Have To Live This Way': Doctors Call For Climate Action

A sprawling analysis published by The Lancet focuses on public health data from 2019, and finds that heat waves, air pollution and extreme weather increasingly damage human health.

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Biden Faces Moral Imperative to Advance Climate Regulations

Climate-minded policymakers are studying how to restore and strengthen the nation’s environmental protections in order to make them more ambitious, more durable, and more partisan-proof.

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Study: Pittsburgh kids near polluting sites have higher asthma rates

Our Research Scientist Jonathan Buonocore comments on a new study that finds Pittsburgh kids near polluting sites have higher asthma rates

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Clean Energy Futures Project shows low or zero carbon emissions policies for the electricity sector are achievable with climate and health benefits by 2040 to 2050

New research from Clean Energy Futures Project shows low or zero carbon emissions policies for the electricity sector are achievable with climate and health benefits by 2040 to 2050

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Dr. Aaron Bernstein

Aaron Bernstein MD, MPH

Aaron examines the human health effects of global environmental changes with the aim of promoting a deeper understanding of these subjects among students, educators, policy makers, and the public.

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Drew Michanowicz DrPH, CPH

Drew’s research interests are related to poorly understood and emerging environmental hazards on both global- and community-level scales.

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Jonathan Buonocore Sc.D

Jonathan focuses on the health, environmental, and climate impacts of energy, and the benefits of reducing carbon emissions—commonly called “health co-benefits.”

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Kathy Fallon Lambert

Kathy examines how big data and models can be used to quantify the health and environment benefits of actions to mitigate climate change.

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Gina McCarthy

Gina McCarthy

A leading advocate for smart, successful strategies to protect public health and the environment for more than 30 years.

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