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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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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As deaths from burning coal decline, natural gas now a leading hazard, study shows

Pollution from natural gas is now responsible for more deaths and greater health costs than coal in Illinois, according to a new study.

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Natural Gas Is Now More Deadly Than Coal in 19 States

A new study found that using natural gas and biomass in sources like buildings and industrial boilers actually caused more deaths in 19 states as a result of air pollution than burning coal.

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Natural gas and wood are replacing coal as the biggest pollutants

As coal recedes, other fuel sources are taking over as the biggest harms to public health.

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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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Harvard Chan School study shows negative impacts of burning natural gas and biomass have surpassed coal generation in many states

Burning natural gas, biomass, and wood now have more negative health impacts than burning coal in many states, and is a trend that 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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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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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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