Category Archives: environment

Net-Zero buildings and Green Transition: where do we stand?

We all know what Net-Zero is and how good it would be for the environment if every building was NZEB (if not, read our dedicated article here!). Now we need to ask ourselves, where do we stand in achieving the goal of a green transition?   How To Keep Climate Change Center Stage Post-Pandemic  As […]

#pollutionwatch: Summertime Smog and Indoor Air Quality

Every summer it’s becoming more and more important to follow news from #pollutionwatch, the Guardian’s column especially dedicated to air pollution and smog related news. This comes from that time on 26 July 1943 when, at the height of the second world war, people in Los Angeles thought they were under chemical gas attack as […]

Airlite: Word for the Future against Embodied Carbon

In this article, we want to present you Airlite, the best solution to achieve carbon neutrality and healthy buildings, both in small and big scale. Data shows in fact that Airlite is the best solution to both address embodied carbon in the building and construction sector, and indoor air quality – providing a practical and […]

Net-Zero Energy Buildings: what they are and how can they make our life better

Net-zero energy buildings, also known as net-zero carbon buildings or NZEBs, are buildings that don’t have any carbon emissions during their operations. They achieve this via architectural elements that provide high levels of both energy efficiency and generation, and are the result of years of efforts to try a solution to climate change and energy […]

Lockdown and Air Pollution Levels: Hopes and Propositions

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During the first lockdown in Italy, quite a few journalists praised the power of mother nature in reclaiming what they thought was a forever-changed environment: without all the cars and the traffic, people could breathe cleaner air, animals started repopulating their long lost habitats, and birds’ songs could be heard once more. This general approach […]

NASA’s solution to Indoor Pollution: the best Air-purifying Plants for your Home

Though you wouldn’t necessarily associate NASA with indoor plants, the research institute did a study in the late ’80s on plant abilities to purify the air, to solve the indoor pollution problem and find the best air-purifying plants for our homes. Indoor air pollution What are the sources of air pollution? Most likely your first […]

Coronavirus, Climate Change, and the Environment

Does climate change affect the transmission of coronavirus?

Below are some of the most common questions we have been receiving in relation to the environment and coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). This page will continue to be updated as new information arises. If you would like to talk to someone at our center about coronavirus, please email us at cchange-media@hsph.harvard.edu For the latest updates, guidance, […]

The paints that eats air pollutants and heats homes

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Applying a coat of paint on the walls of a house may soon help to heat it, saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions. It could also clean the air that we breathe, breaking down chemicals and pollutants, and eliminating harmful air pathogens. In Europe, half of cities’ annual energy consumption goes to heating and cooling. Despite the […]

Environment is top priority for EU voters, survey suggests

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Protecting ehe environment The main focus of the next European Parliament should be on protecting the environment, according to a survey of more than 100,000 people conducted by Change.org. Seventy-two per cent of respondents said the health of the planet was the most important issue, higher than the 68% who called for a fairer economic […]