Kelsey Bilsback

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Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2019-2020

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Atmospheric Science

Research Summary: Nearly half the world’s population uses inefficient cookstoves that burn solid fuels (e.g., wood, charcoal, coal) to cook their meals and heat their homes. About 3 million people die prematurely every year from exposure to air pollution from cookstoves. I use a global atmospheric chemistry model to study how air pollution from cookstoves affects health and climate. Currently, I am investigating an energy transition (coal to electricity) in northern China, which will be implemented by 2020. I am modeling how the transition will impact the health of people in the region and local and global climate.