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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.

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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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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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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Full Cost Accounting for the Life Cycle of Coal

Life cycle impacts of coal cost the US public a third to over one half a trillion dollars annually.

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How Dangerous are Underground Natural Gas Storage Wells?

Study explores the risks of aging infrastructure throughout the United States.

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Health and Climate Benefits of Offshore Wind

Offshore wind facilities could save many lives and billions of dollars.

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Air Pollution Within EPA Standards Affects Our Lungs

The Air Quality Index (AQI), developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), tells us how clean or polluted our outdoor air is. It’s a useful tool to help us understand whether outdoor air is considered safe or risky.

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More renewables will mean less asthma and heart disease in the Midwest

A transition to renewable energy in the Midwest is good for our health.

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Air pollution could be making you anxious, depressed - and violent

Research shows that air pollution causes many negative effects from stock prices to crime rates.

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Solar energy

Unpack the shift to solar, how to do it, why it matters, and what it can do for our environment and health with our researcher, Jonathan Buonocore.

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Study: 2018 Powhatan methane leak one of largest in US

Data finds that the methane leak in 2018 that followed an explosion near Powhatan Point may have been the largest in American history. Our nat gas expert weighs in.

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We save lives and crops every time a coal plant closes

Transitioning away from fossil fuels will benefit agriculture and save lives, according to a new analysis.

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Here’s where we should put our renewables to get the biggest carbon benefit

Health and climate benefits vary by where in the world you build wind and solar. Jonathan Buonocore discusses our new study.

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Harvard study shows where global renewable energy investments have greatest benefits

Estimating benefits from renewables across the globe will reduce pollution and improve public health. Jonathan Buonocore weighs in as a researcher on our new study.

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Study shows where global renewable energy investments have greatest benefits

Our newest study compares climate and health benefits of renewable energy around the world.

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Coal-addicted India’s solar and wind farms save more lives than those in US and China

Switching from coal to solar or wind in India plays a greater role in climate mitigation than it would in the U.S. or China.

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Upper Midwest would gain most health benefits by cutting coal, adding renewables, study shows

Our new study says it's more about where you build renewable energy, versus what type of renewable energy you build.

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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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