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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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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 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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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       …

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Navigating History and Belief: Devotional Practices in the Bolivian Andes

In her article “Critical ontologies: rethinking relations to other-than-humans from the Bolivian Andes,” Mareike Winchell delves into the intricate social and historical dynamics of the village of Sarahuayto in Bolivia. The article provides a vivid narrative centred around Oscar, a key informant for the author’s fieldwork, who unveils a family history linked to the legacy …

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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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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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New Special Issue Explores Egalitarian Thought and Dynamics in Modern Society

A new series of articles delving into the concept of egalitarianism has been published, exploring its various dynamics and how it has shaped human history. The articles are published in Volume 66: Issue 3 of Social Analysis and titled: Egalitarian Life and Life Forms: Ethnographic Perspectives on Political Experimentation. Authored by a diverse group of …

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