Habitable Air

airpollution

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 …

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

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 …

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

 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. …

 The Silent Threat: Air Pollution & Your Mental Health Read More »

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 …

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

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 …

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

Capturing Solastalgia: A Visual Journey Through a Changing Landscape

In an era marked by environmental challenges and shifting landscapes, Habitable Air Senior Researcher, Courtney Desiree Morris takes us on a poignant visual odyssey. Titled “Solastalgia,” this photographic series dives deep into the heart of southwest Louisiana, a region steeped in the history of the petroleum industry.   Solastalgia, a term coined by Australian environmental …

Capturing Solastalgia: A Visual Journey Through a Changing Landscape Read More »

Monitoring and Measuring Emissions: The Habitable Air Project

The Habitable Air project introduces a new pilot study to identify, monitor, and measure community-level emissions. The pilot study, led by Dr. Kerry Chance, will employ air quality sensors placed in key household and institutional sites.   The article was first published by the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen: 04.08.2023       …

Monitoring and Measuring Emissions: The Habitable Air Project Read More »

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 …

Negotiation of personhood while battling industrial deathscapes Read More »

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 …

IPCC Report Urges Urgent Climate Action to Secure Sustainable Future Read More »

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 …

Researching Environmental Injustice and Climate Inaction in Durban, South Africa Read More »