Category Archives: health

#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 […]

Easy as Breathing: The Importance of a Conscious Breath

Breathing isn’t really something we think about much—unless something goes terribly wrong. Just like our heartbeat, we can breathe without conscious effort. But when we have trouble breathing or “run out of breath” from strenuous activities, then it’s at the forefront of our minds. Yet breathing and our respiratory system are intimately intertwined with our […]

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 […]

Lockdown and Air Pollution Levels: Hopes and Propositions

Lockdown and the environment

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 […]

Air Pollution and COVID-19 Infection: is there a Link?

Air pollution and Covid-19

As we discussed in our previous article, COVID-19 has become a global public health problem, arising questions about its relation to many global issues that humanity is facing these years, such as climate change and air pollution, all of which still remain under careful scrutiny from scientists all around the world. One of these important […]

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 […]

The Beast of 1943: a History of Smog in Los Angeles

After talking about improvements of air quality in some cities, today we want to remember possibly one of the worst days for breathing in the world’s entire history, when on July 26, 1943 a “gas attack” hit the city of Los Angeles. 77 years later, this event is still remembered by many, and should be […]

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 Coronavirus Is Going To Change How We Think About Design

indoor air quality - changes in design

The goal will be healthy indoor air quality As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, disrupting daily life and causing major economic damage, design leaders are pivoting to focus on how building design can combat infectious diseases and improve public health outcomes. The coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, has led to more than 40,000 […]

The paints that eats air pollutants and heats homes

air pollutants - Airlite Paint

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 […]