Jonathan Buonocore Sc.D. evaluates the health, environmental, and climate benefits and impacts of energy choices and climate change mitigation methods. Currently, he is researching air pollution from oil and gas development in the United States, climate policies for the transportation sector in the Northeast U.S., and possible health impacts of stratospheric aerosol injection – an intervention intended to mitigate climate change by reflecting sunlight.

Previously, he has evaluated the health “co-benefits” of a number of climate policies, including options for nationwide power plant carbon standards in the United States, a carbon price in Massachusetts, and expansion of onshore and offshore wind energy, solar energy, and energy efficiency programs in the U.S. He has also applied these methods to financial investment portfolios, green buildings, forest fires in Indonesia, and worked on health impact assessments of transportation policies in the greater Boston area.

Pollution from a power plants spreads over a town

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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street sign in Boston reads "Massachusetts Ave"

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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Pipes from a coal plant

Episode 71: Are Fossil Fuels Really Dying: How Are We Replacing Them? (Environmental & Health Impacts)

Our Research Scientist Jonathan Buonocore unpacks the fossil fuel industry, the alternative options, and the big question: are they really dying out?

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coal mine

As world sours on coal, top producer Indonesia tries to sweeten it at home

Our Research Scientist Jonathan Buonocore comments on Indonesia's coal gasification project, saying it would be very difficult to have zero climate impact.

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Air pollution from factory chimney

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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Air pollution in Delhi

Study: Air quality warnings reduce mortality rates

A new study by our Research Scientist Jonathan Buonocore analyzes how air quality warnings can benefit health.

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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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Concerns Raised about Equity of Northeast Pollution Pact

A major climate initiative binding northeastern states doesn't yet sufficiently benefit low-income communities and people of color who are disproportionately affected by pollution.

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Man and woman ride bikes on city street

$11 Billion in Health Benefits by 2032, Says New Harvard Study on Transportation Climate Initiative

A new preliminary analysis by Harvard says that the proposed Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States could yield up to $11.1 billion in health benefits by 2032.

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Car traffic

Study: N’East Pollution Pact Will Save Black and Brown New Yorkers and Cut Health Costs

The Transportation and Climate Initiative aims to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by as much as a quarter by 2032.

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