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Exploring the Unseen: Courtney Desiree Morris Reveals the Power of Memory and Black Place-Making in “Seeing Stories Beneath the Surface”

 In a captivating journal article titled “Seeing Stories Beneath the Surface,” published by NACLA Report on the Americas, visual/conceptual artist and Assistant Professor Courtney Desiree Morris leads readers on a profound exploration of a small Louisiana town. This town, deeply affected by the petrochemical industry, unveils landscapes and memories that provoke deep reflection. Morris, a …

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The sunset in Santa Ana de Chiquitos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia. (CC BY 2.0)

Unveiling the Intersection of Climate, Race, and Religion: New Research Explores Bolivia’s Environmental Politics

Anthropologist Mareike Winchell’s Article Sheds Light on Climates of Anti-Blackness and Indigenous Resilience Habitable Air is pleased to present a groundbreaking research article titled “Climates of Anti-Blackness: Religion, Race, and Environmental Politics in Bolivia” by Mareike Winchell, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics, and project affiliate on Habitable Air. The article …

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Negotiation of personhood while battling industrial deathscapes

In our interconnected world, certain regions have become synonymous with hazardous air pollution and industrial toxicity, transforming into what is commonly known as “industrial deathscapes.” These landscapes are marred by the looming threat to human health and well-being, raising urgent concerns about the disproportionate impacts on marginalised communities. In this blog, we will delve into …

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Challenging the Hegemony of Lignite Mining in Germany’s Rhineland Region

Felix Lussem, a Ph.D researcher on the Habitable Air project recently wrote an article for the Focaal blog that sheds light on the history and current situation of lignite mining in the Rhineland region of Germany. The article notes that coal mining, historically associated with the development of the welfare state and workers’ rights, has …

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Exploring the Potential Impact of Climate Change and Altered Ecology on Respiratory Health in Durban, South Africa

Climate change is a major concern for many communities across the world, with one of its many effects being altered ecology. Longer pollen seasons caused by increasing temperatures, for example, lead to a higher release of pollutants into the air, posing significant risks to those with respiratory illnesses such as asthma. South Africa ranks 25th …

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IPCC Report Urges Urgent Climate Action to Secure Sustainable Future

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has emphasised the urgent need for immediate and significant action to mitigate climate change and adapt to its impacts. The report highlights that human activities are causing global warming, as evidenced by the fact that global surface temperatures have increased by 1.1°C above pre-industrial …

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Researching Environmental Injustice and Climate Inaction in Durban, South Africa

Urban inequality is a significant challenge that is prevalent in many parts of the world, leading to disparities in access to resources, services, education, and economic opportunities. Fenceline and frontline communities (communities located near industrial activity) are particularly vulnerable to these disparities due to their proximity to industrial activity, which exposes them to various environmental …

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Breathing Clean: Reflections on the Annual Maurice S. Segal Lecture and the Fight Against Air Pollution

The annual Dr. Maurice S. Segal Lecture, presented by The Fletcher School in partnership with Tufts University School of Medicine, featured Jane Burston, the Founder and Executive Director of the Clean Air Fund. The lecture series honours Dr. Morris Seibel, a prominent researcher in lung disease. Burston’s lecture highlighted the intersection of health and climate …

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Experimenting with Failure: Insights from Charlotte Bruckermann’s Recent Article on China’s Environmental Policies

In a recent article titled “The pragmatism of continual failure: environmental policy as experimentation in China,” Charlotte Bruckermann (University of Cologne and Senior Researcher: Habitable Air) sheds light on the issue of air pollution in China and the failure of environmental policies to address its detrimental effects on citizens’ health. The article examines the perspectives …

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Industrial Toxicity and Air Pollution in South Durban: Exploring the Link with Asthma through the Habitable Air Project

Asthma is an incredibly complex disease that is often overlooked and understudied, particularly in South Africa and generally in the Global South. In South Africa, the story of asthma is deeply entwined with industrial toxicity and air pollution that increase the burden of having this disease. As an ethnographic study, it is crucial to understand …

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