Climate, Energy, and Health

Our rapidly changing global environment matters profoundly to our health. We seek to discover and share the knowledge needed to understand how the changes to our environments affect us to create a healthier world. Climate change, caused by the release of greenhouse gases into earth’s atmosphere, is one of the most urgent concerns for human health. 

For more than a century, humanity has relied overwhelmingly on fossil fuels to power our livelihoods, and we have benefitted greatly. But this reliance has begun to wane. As we come to understand the impacts of fossil fuels on our health and the environment, and increasingly know the comparative health benefits of alternative energy sources, an unprecedented energy transition has begun. 

Our Climate, Energy, and Health program explores the connections between our energy choices, climate change, and human health, and equips change makers to better safeguard the environment and our health.

 

Meet the Team

Jack Spengler

John D. Spengler, Ph.D.

Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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Featured Resources

Replacing the Clean Power Plan with an “Inside the Fence Line” Alternative Would Do More Harm than Doing Nothing

Cities and States Must Take Lead on Climate Change

How Dangerous are Underground Natural Gas Storage Wells?

Health Benefits of Carbon Fee-and-Rebate Bills in MA

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New Study: Health Benefits of MA Carbon Fee-and-Rebate bills

Boston SkylineWe equip changemakers with the evidence and tools they need to act now to protect and improve the environments that determine our health. That is why our Climate, Energy, and Health team built a model to calculate the health benefits that would result from two proposed bills in MA that would introduce a carbon fee. We found that these bills would save lives, avoid heart attacks, decrease hospitalizations and save $2.9 billion in healthcare costs.... Read more about New Study: Health Benefits of MA Carbon Fee-and-Rebate bills

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