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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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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 …

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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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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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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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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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