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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.

An 80x30 Clean Electricity Standard: Carbon, Costs, and Health Benefits

The energy, economic, environmental, and health outcomes of an illustrative clean energy standard design that reaches 80% clean electricity by 2030.

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Negative impacts of burning natural gas and biomass have surpassed coal generation in many states

A new inventory of air pollution impacts from stationary sources over the past decade shows this trend may continue.

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Pennsylvania setback regulations for fracking do not prevent setback incidents

The first study to look at the effectiveness of PA's statewide setback regulations and identify the potential risks and exposures for people living near fracking or UNG wells.

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Companies are promising to remove carbon — what about frontline communities?

In an op-ed, our researcher Jonathan Buonocore argues why companies' climate pledges must include emissions reduction strategies to protect frontline communities.

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Pollution from fossil fuel combustion deadlier than previously thought

Fine particulate pollution from fossil fuel combustion was responsible for one in five early deaths worldwide in 2018, with vulnerable groups at greatest risk.

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Fossil fuel air pollution responsible for 1 in 5 deaths worldwide

New research finds that deaths from fossil fuel emissions are higher than previously thought—more than 8 million people per year, worldwide.

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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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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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Eighty percent clean electricity generates large benefits

Transitioning to 80% clean electricity would have large benefits on curbing climate change, but also on improving local air quality and health.

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Biden climate policy would have $1T in heath benefits, save thousands of lives

A clean energy standard would improve air quality and save many lives. Pennsylvania would have the third most health benefits of any state.

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Benefits of clean energy far outweigh costs

New report shows that producing 80% of U.S. electricity from renewable sources would improve health and have a net cost benefit of more than $1.4 trillion.

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New study says Biden clean energy plan would save more than 300k lives

A clean energy standard would help the US reach 80% renewable energy by 2030 with significant health and cost benefits.

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Biden’s clean energy plan would cut emissions and save 317,000 lives

Transitioning to 80% renewable energy by 2030 would save over 300,000 lives and $1 trillion by 2050.

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Another KY coal plant to retire, but the pollution remains

The Green Station coal power plant is transitioning to nuclear, but it will continue to leach harmful toxins.

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New Study: The Health Impacts of the Coal-to-Gas Transition

A new study out from Harvard University explores the health impacts of transitioning from coal to other combustible fuels.

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Coal Phase-Down Has Lowered, Not Eliminated Health Risks From Building Energy, Study Says

Biomass and natural gas have become an increasingly large share of the health burden of fueling buildings and factories.

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Harvard Study Says Clean Electricity Will Prevent Premature Deaths

Reset’s sustainability contributor Karen Weigert introduces listeners to our researchers for a discussion on their study of how clean electricity will save lives.

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Law meant to push drilling further from houses had little impact, study finds

Grandfathered wells and exemptions put wells closer to homes, new study finds.

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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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