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.

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Biomass is not health neutral

Our Research Scientist Jonathan Buonocore writes that even as Congress declares biomass carbon neutral in the latest spending bill, burning it puts thousands of lives at risk.

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Health benefits of green aviation

Alternative jet fuels can decrease premature death rates in communities near airports and downwind, but there is more work to be done.

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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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EPA looks at tougher standards for key air pollutant that could affect Philadelphia

The Environmental Protection Agency will consider strengthening standards for harmful pollution from soot. In Philadelphia, people of color are more likely to live in neighborhoods with high levels of soot in the air.

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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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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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No Time to Waste

Scientists from across departments and research centers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health are working collectively to meet the challenge of climate change.

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