S3 RCN Outreach Product
The New England Landcape Futures (NELF) Explorer is a scenarios-based interactive land-use mapping tool created with the input of more than 100 New Englanders who helped develop the scenarios and reviewed the beta-versions of the tool. With the NELF Explorer, you can visualize alternative future land uses over space and time at multiple scales including state, watershed, and town. You can also gain an understanding of how the different land-use scenarios would affect conservation priority lands such as wetlands and wildlife habitat.


  • Science Policy Exchange Comment
    Air quality would deteriorate in key areas of the US if the Clean Power Plan were repealed rather than implemented. Other consequences of repealing the Clean Power Plan and replacing it with a narrow "inside the fenceline" alternative include additional premature deaths and increased carbon dioxide emissions in some regions. Maps from a peer-reviewed publication illustrating areas at risk for worse air quality and health outcomes along with additional new analyses  are included in a public comment signed by 14 scientists and submitted to the US Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Science Policy Exchange Fact Sheet
    Large clean air and health co-benefits are possible with a power plant rule that includes stringent carbon dioxide emission targets, flexible compliance options, and significant program investments in end-user energy efficiency. An alternative limited to power plant upgrades provides few co-benefits and could increase premature deaths and heart attacks in the US.
  • Science Policy Exchange Capitol Hill Briefing
    Reducing carbon pollution from power plants has the potential to limit air pollutants that cause asthma attacks and premature death. However one policy option could actually cause more conventional air pollution and premature deaths than doing nothing. Join us to hear about the impact of power plant pollution and different types of carbon standards on health and the environment, and learn the latest research on the current policy options under consideration.
  • Press Release
    New research by Science Policy Exchange collaborator Matthew Ayres of Dartmouth College offers eight tactics for combatting imported forest pests in a new paper published in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research. In the new paper, Ayres underscores the importance of prevention efforts to protect forests from highly damaging insects and diseases transmitted as an unintended consequence of global trade.
  • In the News: Washington Post
    Three Science Policy Exchange collaborators are quoted in a new Washington Post article about air quality, health, and economic benefits of the Clean Power Plan.
  • S3 RCN Webinar Announcement
    The S3 RCN Presents New England Landscape Futures Webinar #2 on Thursday November 2, 2017 at 2pm Eastern Daylight Time. The webinar will feature a presentation by Joshua Plisinski and Jonathan Thompson of Harvard Forest. They will describe how the New England Landscapes Futures scenarios were translated into input for modeling and mapping future land use, how the maps were made, and how to access the maps.