Jonathan Buonocore Sc.D., focuses on the health, environmental, and climate impacts of energy, and the benefits of methods to reduce carbon emissions from energy generation, commonly called “health co-benefits”. His present health co-benefits work is focusing on understanding the health co-benefits of a carbon fee in Massachusetts, the health and climate benefits of green buildings, and applying these methods to investment portfolios. He is also currently working on improving the understanding of hazards posed by natural gas, focusing on less well understood parts of the oil and natural gas infrastructure, such as underground gas storage facilities, pipelines, and processing and refining.

He previous research includes the health co-benefits of the U.S. electricity generation carbon standards, the health benefits of installing offshore wind, onshore wind, solar, and energy efficiency, the health impacts of forest fires in Indonesia, and the full health and environmental costs of coal. He has also done research on exposure and health impacts of air pollution from traffic congestion, health impacts of cuts to public transportation service, and health consequences of changes to the chemical makeup of gasoline.

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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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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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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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$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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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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Study Finds Regional Pact To Reduce Transportation Pollution Could Yield Major Health Benefits

A preliminary analysis of the health impacts of TCI found that the plan that would reduce greenhouse gases the most would also yield the biggest health benefits.

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Research Predicts Large Public Health Benefits From Transportation Cap-and-Trade Program

A regional “cap and trade” scheme to reduce pollution from transportation could save over 1,000 lives.

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Air pollution and children’s health

A new study finds that a program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants in the Eastern U.S. also has significant health benefits for children in the region.

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