Clean Air and Health Co-Benefits of US Power Plant Carbon Standards

  • Clean Air and Health Co-Benefits of US Power Plant Carbon Standards
  • Charles Driscoll, University Professor of Environmental Systems Engineering at Syracuse University, and colleagues conducted an independent scientific study on the potential air quality and health co-benefits of three types of carbon emissions standards for power plants in the U.S. The results of the study were published in the journal Nature Climate Change on May 4, 2015 in the peer-reviewed paper, US power plant carbon standards and clean air and health co-benefits.

    Authors

    • Charles T. Driscoll, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University
    • Jonathan Buonocore, Ph.D., Center for Health and the Global Environment,
      Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
    • Jonathan Levy, Ph.D., School of Public Health, Boston University
    • Kathy Fallon Lambert, Harvard Forest, Harvard University
    • Dallas Burtraw Ph.D., the Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future
    • Stephen B. Reid, Sonoma Technology
    • Habibollah Fakhraei, Ph.D., Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University
    • Joel Schwartz, Ph.D., Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

    Resources

    Based on: Driscoll, CT, Buonocore, JB, Levy, JI, Lambert, KF, Burtraw B, Reid, SB, Fakhraei, H, Schwartz, J. 2015. US Power plant carbon standards and clean air and health co-benefits. Nature Climate Change. doi: 10.1038/NCLIMATE2598.

    Additional Materials

    Infographics

    Based on: Driscoll, CT, Buonocore, JB, Levy, JI, Lambert, KF, Burtraw B, Reid, SB, Fakhraei, H, Schwartz, J. 2015. US Power plant carbon standards and clean air and health co-benefits. Nature Climate Change. doi: 10.1038/NCLIMATE2598.

    Developed by: Science Policy Exchange with Syracuse University, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Boston University School of Public Health.

    Acknowledgements

    Financial support for this work was provided by grants from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Grantham Foundation and Mistra’s Indigo Program. The authors thank colleagues M. Weiss, K. Driscoll, M. Hale, J. Macedonia, S. Pan, S. Sekar and S. Yeh.

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    Scientist climbing air quality monitoring tower at Harvard Forest, Petersham, Massachusetts, USA

    Credit: Photo by David R. Foster. Image provided by Harvard Forest Archives, Harvard Forest, Petersham, Massachusetts, USA

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    Scientist measuring urban air quality in Syracuse, New York, USA

    Credit: Syracuse University, photo by Stephen Sartori

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    Coal-fired power plant, Nevada, USA

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    Milwaukee skyline smog, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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