Sustainable development starts with our health

An EiD follower recently wrote that this article about men’s health is vitally important for EiD readers. It isn’t on energy but it certainly covers sustainable development that is important to all of us.  Erin Brokovich, the well-known an American legal clerk and environmental activist, writes on The Guardian website that toxic chemicals are harming … Continue reading Sustainable development starts with our health

New EEA briefing on the health impacts from climate change

European countries are facing increasing threats from climate change, including extreme weather events and infectious diseases. A new briefing by the Lancet Countdown and the European Environment Agency (EEA), published this week on the European Climate and Health Observatory, draws attention to health impacts of climate change in the European Union (EU) and suggests key … Continue reading New EEA briefing on the health impacts from climate change

Air pollution from burning fossil fuels is causing more than twice as many deaths as thought, a study has found

A recent study has shown that fine particle pollution is having a a greater health cost than previously thought. The authors said that the higher number was due to better understanding of the impacts of fine particles thanks to studies which tracked large groups of people over time and compared pollution levels where they lived … Continue reading Air pollution from burning fossil fuels is causing more than twice as many deaths as thought, a study has found

A Bangladeshi man with asthma has avoided deportation from France in appeal that air pollution risked a severe deterioration in his condition

In a ruling believed to be the first of its kind in France, the appeals court in Bordeaux overturned an expulsion order against the 40-year-old man because he would face “a worsening of his respiratory pathology due to air pollution” in his country of origin. Jon Henley explains in an article on The Guardian website. … Continue reading A Bangladeshi man with asthma has avoided deportation from France in appeal that air pollution risked a severe deterioration in his condition

New report presents climate change as an immediate public health danger

We are receiving more and more evidence that climate change is causing more and more concerns. It makes one wonder if we need to make the 2015 Paris climate agreement even more ambitious. Somini Sengupta writes on the New York Times website about a new report published in The Lancet that raises concerns about the … Continue reading New report presents climate change as an immediate public health danger

New report shows worsening health impacts from climate change

Over 120 researchers were involved in this latest report on health impact from climate change. Celia McMichael, Senior Lecturer in Geography, University of Melbourne; Ilan Kelman, Professor of Disasters and Health, UCL; Shouro Dasgupta, Lecturer in Environmental Economics at Università Ca'Foscari; and Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson, Senior Researcher, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), United Nations … Continue reading New report shows worsening health impacts from climate change

New EEA report on impacts of climate change on our health and well-being

Air and noise pollution, the impacts of climate change such as heatwaves, and exposure to dangerous chemicals cause ill health in Europe. Poor quality environments contribute to 13 % (one in every eight) of deaths according to a major assessment on health and environment released this week by the European Environment Agency (EEA).   Tackling … Continue reading New EEA report on impacts of climate change on our health and well-being

The challenge for architects to integrate all design requirements including improving energy performance but also coping now with the 100-year viral pandemic

We have developed complex codes, regulations and guidelines to achieve goals such as structural safety, fire safety, adequate ventilation and energy efficiency, and to anticipate extreme scenarios such as 100-year floods. The question for architects now is whether and how the 100-year viral pandemic will change architectural design and building operations. This is the challenge … Continue reading The challenge for architects to integrate all design requirements including improving energy performance but also coping now with the 100-year viral pandemic

New research shows impact of traffic pollution on increased cases of asthma amongst children

Natasha Hinde writes on the Huffington Post website about a new study that shows the serious impact on the health of children because of emissions from road transport.   Traffic Pollution Linked To 1 In 5 New Asthma Cases Among Kids In The UK One in five new childhood asthma cases in the UK could … Continue reading New research shows impact of traffic pollution on increased cases of asthma amongst children