The objective of my research group is to utilize science to inform the development of far-sighted air quality policy that considers impacts of air pollution on human health, agriculture and climate change. Our approach is to use rigorous scientific tools to address technical questions of direct policy relevance. Research in my group analyzes the impacts of air pollution globally as well as in both the largest rapidly industrializing country (China) and in the largest developed country (US). Recent work has examined the effect of present and potential future concentrations of air pollutants, particularly black carbon and ozone, on public health, global agriculture and climate change and the potential benefits of various mitigation strategies. We have also investigated inter-state and inter-continental transport of air pollutants with an emphasis on transport from rapidly industrializing Asia to the rest of the world. These issues are interlinked, globally pervasive and addressing one provides opportunities for leveraging solutions to others. My goal is to use global change science to facilitate the formation of sound environmental policy.
Naomi Cohen-Shields’ senior thesis explores who benefits as China cleans its air. June 12, 2020. Advised by Dr. Mauzerall
Coronavirus shutdowns clear the air, temporarily. Quoted in Physics Today. May 1, 2020.
Oil and gas production is contributing even more to global warming than was thought, study finds. Quoted in CNN. February 19, 2020.
Controlling methane is a fast and critical way to slow global warming, say Princeton experts, September 2019.
Also reported in State Impact Pennsylvania, Phys.org, SciTech Daily, Nature World News, Eurasia Review, and Environment Journal
A Planet in Danger: Pulling the Planet Back from the Brink, Princeton University, Academic and Administrative Managers Group, February 2, 2019.
How China is reinventing its energy economy, Science Friday, Public Radio International podcast.
Smog Casts a Shadow on China's Solar Farms, Scientific American, 60-second podcast.
Smog Smothers Solar Energy in China, NASA Earth Observatory, April 2018.
Air Pollution Cuts Solar Energy Potential in China, October 2017.
Philadelphia March for Science, April 2017.
Climate, Air Quality and Health Implications of China's Energy Future, given at Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, March 2017.
Shale Gas in China, February 2017.
Q&A: Paris climate agreement, December 2015.
Nature World News profile, December 2014.
Princeton Alumni Weekly profile, June 2014.
NPR profile, May 2013.
Princeton Weekly Bulletin profile, June 2010.
Black carbon press release, June 2010.