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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.

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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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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Putting Public Health into Policy

3 Questions for Dr. Richard Pan, MPH ’98 [caption id="attachment_1066" align="alignright" width="300"] Dr. Richard Pan, MPH ’98[/caption] As a California State Senator and Chair of both the Senate Committee on Health and the Senate Budget Committee on Health and Human Services, Dr. Richard Pan, MPH ’98, guides California state policy on pandemic preparedness and COVID-19…

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Rich Americans spew more carbon pollution at home than poor

Rich Americans produce nearly 25% more heat-trapping gases than poorer people at home, according to a new study.

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Harvard researchers link current U.S. air pollution standards to an early death

The study used the largest-ever dataset of older Americans and found current air quality standards are not strong enough to protect people from harmful PM2.5 pollution.

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Air pollution kills 7 million people a year - and probably makes COVID-19 more deadly

After seeing how deadly air pollution makes COVID-19, the pandemic may be the push for countries to start investing in clean energy.

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Soot rule thrusts EPA into spotlight on race

A new proposal from the EPA, which would change how to consider the costs and benefits of climate policies, would disproportionately harm communities of color.

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Researcher: The EPA's ACE rule for power plants does little to address global warming

Our Senior Advisor Kathy Fallon Lambert discusses her analysis of the Affordable Clean Energy rule.

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COVID-19 and Health Equity—A New Kind of “Herd Immunity”

David R. Williams recently co-authored “COVID-19 and Health Equity—A New Kind of “Herd Immunity” in the Journal of the American Medical Association. He writes that “COVID-19 is a magnifying glass that has highlighted the larger pandemic of racial/ethnic disparities in health,” and goes on to note...

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For communities of color, air pollution may heighten coronavirus threat

Many communities of color live in areas of air pollution and research has found that pollution may lead to increased risk of dying from Covid-19.

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How Trump's EPA is making Covid-19 more deadly

The EPA is rolling back enforcements on air pollution which could put people at risk of dying from Covid-19.

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EPA weakens control on mercury

The EPA's new method of calculating the costs and benefits of mercury pollution would weaken mercury regulations and risk public health.

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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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