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Transportation, Climate, Equity, and Health

Exploring how different transportation policies could influence health through better air quality and increases in physical activity.

Vehicle Pollution

New studies from Harvard Chan School have found that long-term exposure to even low levels of air pollution, like those found near highways or busy city streets affects our health.

Vehicle emissions linked to thousands of deaths in northeast, Mid-Atlantic

An estimated 7,100 people in the northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions died as a result of exposure to ozone and fine particulate matter from vehicle emissions in 2016.

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Transportation emissions generate air pollution that has a large death toll

Study identifies leading source of health damages from vehicle pollution in 12 states and Washington, D.C.

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Health-related savings from increased walking and bicycling far exceed estimated transportation infrastructure costs

Research in the Journal of Urban Health shows that transportation infrastructure investments could save hundreds of lives and billions of dollars.

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TRECH Project Research Update on Health Benefits of TCI Policy Scenarios

Exploring how different transportation policies could influence health through better air quality and increases in physical activity.

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Childhood Asthma Acute Primary Care Visits, Traffic, and Traffic-Related Pollutants

This analysis suggests that traffic is a contributor to more acute asthma episodes in children.

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Tailpipe emissions led to 620 Mass. deaths in 1 year, study finds

New study reveals serious health impacts from out-of-state vehicle pollution and need for regional emissions policy.

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Scientists show how electric big rigs and buses will save thousands of lives

In different geographic regions, different types of vehicles (e.g., trucks, buses, SUVs) cause the most deaths from pollution.

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Vehicle pollution caused an estimated 2,000 New Yorkers’ deaths in one year

Over half of deaths caused by vehicle pollution in New York are from harmful emissions in other states, our new study shows.

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Harvard Study: Car Pollution in NYC Claims 1,400 Lives, Billions in Costs

Researchers say that the New York City metro area suffers roughly 1,400 premature deaths every year, and loses billions in health costs, because of vehicle pollution.

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Car pollution killed hundreds in Mass. and thousands across 12 states, researchers say

Ozone and fine particulate matter from vehicle emissions claimed approximately 7,100 lives in 12 states and Washington, D.C., in 2016, including about 620 in Massachusetts, a new study found.

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Vehicle Pollution Leads to Thousands of Early Deaths and Costs Billions in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, Study Says

Pollution from vehicle emissions caused thousands of deaths and led to billions of dollars in health care costs in a single year in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, even affecting those who don't live near the source, according to a new study.

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NO TIME TO WASTE

How Harvard Chan School researchers are taking action on climate change and fighting for a healthier, more equitable planet.

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An Initiative to Decarbonise the Transportation Sector in Northeast U.S. Picks Up Speed

Preliminary data from our TRECH project finds that a regional collaboration to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector could protect public health.

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If You Build It, They Will Bike: Pop-Up Lanes Increased Cycling During Pandemic

Our TRECH study is included in a growing body of evidence shows that investments in cycling infrastructure can encourage bike commuting, which helps cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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Pandemic slashes Boston traffic

Our Research Scientist Jonathan Buonocore talks about the possible health benefits of reduced vehicle pollution in Boston.

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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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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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