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What are the health benefits of renewable energy choices?

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This video breaks down the science behind our paper on the health benefits of a low carbon energy policy, and explores how renewable energy is good for our health.

Generating electricity from low-carbon energy sources and cutting energy demand reduces the need for fossil fuel power generation, decreasing emissions of harmful gases such as nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and carbon dioxide. Dr. Jonathan Buonocore, Program Leader in Climate, Energy, and Health at the Center for Health and the Global Environment, and colleagues created an assessment tool to calculate the monetized public health and climate benefits of a wind and a solar energy project and two strategies aimed at reducing energy usage in the Mid-Atlantic and Lower Great Lakes region of the United States for 2012.

The paper, published in Nature Climate Change in August 2020, explores how their tool the tool could be used to make decisions about which energy and environmental policies to implement across the United States.  

William H. McDaniel, MD

Dr. Robert H. Shmerling is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and is a current member of the corresponding faculty in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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