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.
We 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
Actions to reduce greenhouse gases have, in part, been difficult to realize because of the long time—on the order of decades or even centuries—that transpires between emissions and their impacts. As a result of this time gap, other more immediate needs tend to push needs to mitigate climate change aside.... Read more about Health Benefits of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation
With growing pressure to reduce harmful air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, natural gas has emerged as a potentially attractive alternative to coal. As our reliance on natural gas has grown, so too has attention to what its use will mean for the environment and human health.... Read more about Natural Gas Infrastructure
We cannot solve the greatest challenges to health by working in isolation. That is why our Sustainable Technologies and Health team led an innovative educational program to give nearly 300 Mexican university professors and researchers a working knowledge of renewable energies, energy efficiency, financing for renewable infrastructure, and leadership for sustainability.... Read more about Applied Leadership Program in Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency
This course examines the relationship between energy and the environment in our global society. It analyzes the driving forces that influence the production and consumption of energy to evaluate their impacts on environmental quality, human health, and social equity.
Examines the relationship between energy and the environment in our global society, and the driving forces that influence the production and consumption of energy to evaluate their impacts on environmental quality, human health, and social equity.