Energy transitions

We now understand that to tackle climate change we need to move from traditional to renewable forms of energy. 

 

In CAR's newest research theme, we will focus on the potential health impacts - both positive and negative - of this transition to renewable energies. It will also look at how the burning of biomass such as wood and biodiesel affects our health.

SUB-THEME 1

Ways to reduce the health impacts of wood smoke in Australia

SUB-THEME 2

Toxicological effects of biodiesel, wood and biomass burning

SUB-THEME 3

Potential health impacts of new energy sources

The projects our researchers are leading  

SUB-THEME 1

Ways to reduce the health impacts of wood smoke in Australia

This project uses a purpose-built smoke laboratory to test new stove designs that minimise dangerous emissions from wood burning. The project will also test these designs in community trials and look at how health and air quality is improved. 

CAR members leading this project: Fay Johnston, Martin Cope, Grant Williamson. 

SUB-THEME 2

Toxicological effects of biodiesel, wood and biomass burning

This project will investigate the mechanisms by which emissions from alternative fuels such as biodiesel, wood and pellet biomass may affect our health. It will do this by using particulate matter from these sources in animal models and cell lines with a focus on inflammation, lung structure and function and neurological effects. 

CAR members leading this project: Graeme Zosky, Lidia Morawska, Bert Brunekreef, Amanda Wheeler

SUB-THEME 3

Potential health impacts of new energy sources

This project seeks to determine if there are any detrimental health effects from infrasound waves generated by windfarms. It will undertake experiments both in the lab and in the field, with a focus on rural communities. Effects tested include sleep patterns, annoyance, blood pressure and neuro-cognitive performance. Read more in the Windfarms study website

CAR members leading this project: Ron Grunstein, Guy Marks, Anna Hansell

We must move towards renewable energies, but how do we do this with the least health impact? In CAR's newest project, we will be exploring scientific evidence that looks at both the positive and negative health effects of renewable energies. It plans to do this through a 'lifecycle' lens where all stages of a renewable technology's life are focused on. Read about it in our Croakey article. 

CAR members leading this project: TBD

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