41 million people in US cities would gain cleaner air if officials uphold the nation’s commitment under the Paris Accord to cut greenhouse gas emissions from US power plants, as demonstrated by new maps released today by Syracuse University scientists and colleagues.
The anticipated air quality improvements would prevent 3500 premature deaths per year nationwide and provide annual economic benefits of $50 billion.
Most US regions would gain economic benefits if power plants followed carbon standards with moderately stringent emissions targets and a high level of compliance flexibility, according to a new study by scientists from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Syracuse University, Resources for the Future, and the Harvard Forest, Harvard University as a project of the Science Policy Exchange.
Imported forest pests cause more than $2 billion in damage each year and can be found in all 50 U.S. states. Efforts to prevent new pests must be strengthened if we are to slow the loss of our nation’s trees, says a new study led by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and coordinated by the Science Policy Exchange.
Press webinar and teleconferenceto be heldwith lead authors of new study, Non-Native Forest Insects and Pathogens in the U.S.: Impacts and Policy Options, to be published on May 10 in the journal Ecological Applications.
The six partners who formed the Science Policy Exchange (SPE) hosted “Science for a Sustainable World,” a reception to launch the consortium. SPE was established by the partner institutions to increase the impact of science on environmental decisions. The reception was held on November 12 in New York City at Syracuse University’s Lubin House. SPE showcased results from four new projects with the more than 30 guests who gathered representing government agencies, non-profits, research institutions, and foundations.
Understanding the strengths and limits of green infrastructure is relevant and timely, according to a new report released by scientists from Syracuse University, the Cary Institute, and the Harvard Forest, in partnership with the Science Policy Exchange.
Expanding global trade poses a risk for U.S. forests and trees, unless stronger actions are taken to prevent transmitting stowaway forest pests along with internationally shipped goods. That message from Dr. Gary Lovett (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) and Dr. David Orwig (Harvard Forest) was reported on Earth Wise, a daily public radio segment that offers a look at our changing environment. The segment is based research by Lovett and Orwig, in partnership with the Science Policy Exchange.
A new paper in the journal Nature Climate Change compares the air quality and public health benefits of different policy approaches to power plant carbon standards. The full press release and additional materials are available here.
As part of the Scenarios, Services, and Society Research Coordination Network (S3 RCN), the Science Policy Exchange collaborated with Dartmouth College and Harvard Forest to help convene the land-change workshop "Scenarios-to-Simulation." The workshop explored scientific methods for translating narrative scenarios of future landscape change into numeric estimates to drive simulation models. Learn more about this workshop and the S3 RCN here.