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Habitable Air

Unhabitable Air: Only 7 Nations Meet WHO Standard & Breathe Easy

Unequal Lungs, Unequal Voices: 2023 Air Report Exposes Pollution’s Role in Global Divides     The 2023 IQAir World Air Quality Report paints a disturbing picture, not just of air pollution, but of its role in amplifying existing global challenges. It exposes a world where rapid urban inequality and political polarisation create a breeding ground …

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Landmark Study Links Air Pollution to Increased Mortality: 30 Years Later, the Fight for Clean Air Continues

Thirty years ago, a groundbreaking Harvard study published in the New England Journal of Medicine established a clear link between air pollution and death rates. The Habitable Air project, celebrating its anniversary, remains highly relevant as we grapple with the interconnected issues of urban inequality, political division, and environmental degradation.   This pioneering study was …

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Climate Change: A Threat to Health, But Also an Opportunity for Action

Our planet is warming at an alarming pace, and the consequences are far-reaching. Recent research published in Nature Medicine by Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Tara Neville, Christian Schweizer, and Maria Neira reveals a troubling connection: climate change is not just an environmental issue; it’s a major threat to global health.   The study underscores the perilous pace …

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Unlocking the Climate Finance Puzzle: A Wealth Tax Revolution

In a recent study, researchers Chancel, Bothe, and Voituriez dive into the heart of the triple climate inequality crisis, revealing an urgent need for a revolutionary solution. Published in Nature Climate Change, their work sheds light on the intricate dance between rising urban inequality, deepening political divisions, and the looming spectre of pollution and global …

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 The Silent Threat: Air Pollution & Your Mental Health

In a groundbreaking study conducted in Rome, a team of researchers uncovered a concerning link between long-term exposure to air pollution and mental disorders. The study, co-authored by Federica Nobile, Anna Forastiere, Paola Michelozzi, Francesco Forastiere, and Massimo Stafoggia, delves into the impact of air pollution on the mental well-being of adults over eight years. …

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The Power of Breathing Together: Durban Shack Dwellers Turn Air into Collective Action

In a world where air pollution and environmental concerns are gaining increasing attention, a recent study sheds light on a remarkable phenomenon in South Africa that speaks volumes about human resilience and community solidarity. Titled “Coughing Out the City: Habitable Air in Petrochemical South Africa” by Kerry Ryan Chance, this study explores how residents of …

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Gramsci at Sea: Navigating the Oceanic Mind of a Revolutionary

In a world grappling with unprecedented environmental challenges and the complexities of global capitalism, a new book, “Gramsci at Sea” by Sharad Chari (Senior Researcher – Habitable Air), offers a thought-provoking exploration of the renowned philosopher Antonio Gramsci’s ideas in the context of our oceanic present. While Gramsci is not typically associated with the sea, …

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Climate Change and Children’s Health: A Call to Action for a Safer Future

As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States released its Climate Change and Children’s Health Report, the implications reverberate not only within the country but resonate globally. Children, being a vulnerable demographic, bear a disproportionate burden of the effects of climate change, including higher rates of respiratory disease, reduced academic achievement, increased risk …

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