November 21, 2017
"You go into slums and villages and it is a problem-rich environment."
Hasit Ganatra saw people in the slums of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India, and realised that their lives were blighted by the quality of their homes.
October 26, 2017
For many of us, the end of October means apple cider, pumpkin carving, and trick-or-treating. But this year, the most frightening thing that fall has brought is not Halloween – it is the dramatically worsened air quality after several months of sustained wildfires. The continuing wildfires in California have sparked widespread concern about air quality in general, and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in particular. Depending on monitoring and building management systems, buildings might not be providing clean, filtered air. In the worst cases, poor IAQ can cause long term health problems for building residents. Additionally, misconceptions about IAQ might make it difficult to implement constructive changes in your building.
October 28, 2017
Heating the home in winter is one of the biggest household expenses. According to the EPA, 42% of the energy we use at home is for heating. While energy costs have risen, the improved energy efficiency of today’s heating systems offset those energy prices.
October 23, 2017
Environmental pollution isn’t just inconvenient – it’s downright deadly. Every year, more people are killed by pollutants — from toxic air to contaminated water — than by all war and violence. Pollution is also responsible for more deaths than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. This disturbing revelation was revealed in a new study published in the Lancet medical journal. Scientists determined that one out of every six premature deaths (about 9 million in 2015) results from pollution; and while life is more important than money, these deaths cause $4.6 trillion in annual losses or about 6.2 percent of the world’s economy.
March 23, 2013
Apple this week said that all of its data centers are powered by renewable energy. How Apple achieved that impressive goal reflects the complexity of transitioning to renewable energy.
September 13, 2017
The human footprint on the earth has grown explosively over the past century or two. Two hundred years ago, there were about 1 billion of us; today, we number more than 7 billion. We have harnessed vast amounts of energy, cleared countless forests, dammed thousands of rivers, reconfigured entire coastlines and built vast cities. We appropriate about half the planet’s accessible fresh water and nearly half the desert-free land surface to feed ourselves.
September 7, 2017
If you had a glass of water from the tap today, you likely ingested plastic. Orb Media conducted an investigation of plastic in our tap water over 10 months, and their results were shocking: over 80 percent of samples they collected – in places like the United States Capitol building or the shores of Uganda’s Lake Victoria – contained plastic fibers. The authors of the study say we’re living in the Plastic Age – and the contamination probably is not limited to our water.
September 5, 2017
Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples found to be polluted
August 15, 2017
A new study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab gives us further reason to transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
According to the research, the U.S. wind and solar power boom helped prevent the premature deaths of thousands of people and saved the country billions of dollars in healthcare and climate-related costs in the years spanning 2007 through 2015.
August 11, 2017
San Francisco (CNN)How often do you get outside into nature, to smell the fresh air, walk among trees or kick up some dirt? If you're like most Americans, the answer is: almost never.
July 21, 2017
On these sweltering midsummer days, it’s natural to want nothing more than to sit in front of an air conditioner that’s running at full speed. But while today finding relief from the heat takes little more than the flip of a switch (or a smart switch, if you’re lucky), it wasn’t so easy at the turn of the 20th century—before the advent of modern air conditioning.
July 11, 2017
The Natural Resources Defense Council released a map today revealing that around 127 million U.S. citizens live in areas susceptible to air quality issues (such as pollen and ozone pollution) caused by climate change.
July 12, 2017
A plan to extend California's signature climate initiative for another decade looks beyond cutting greenhouse gas emissions and takes aim at toxic air in the polluted neighborhoods around refineries and factories.
July 3, 2017
Traces of Naegleria fowleri, a single-celled organism that can cause a rare, but fatal, brain disease, was found during routine water testing of Ouachita Parish’s North Monroe Water System and Terrebonne Parish’s Schriever Water System. Health officials assured residents that the tap water in these parishes are still safe to drink, but warned people to avoid getting any of it in their noses.
June 29, 2017
Aquapioneers, based in Barcelona, Spain, is focused on getting more people to grow more of their own food right at home, while at the same time enabling a 90% reduction in garden water consumption and a doubling of plant growth rates.
June 21, 2017
Climate change is already beginning to wreak havoc upon the planet. In the short term, we're facing more winter storms, miserably hot summers, and a longer allergy season. In the long term, entire coastlines will likely disappear, threatening communities and wildlife.
June 7, 2017
A new study indicates that continued reliance on coal power over solar energy will cost the lives of 52,000 Americans per year — more than are currently employed by the coal industry.
COAL WILL KILL
Among the repercussions of the United States pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement could be continued reliance on coal-burning plants for American power needs. This comes despite recent efforts to do the opposite in several states. Setting aside the comparative expense of coal and the greenhouse gases produced by its use, are there any other arguments against using this fossil fuel?
May 31, 2017
National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM) is being held for the second time during June 2017. This month-long celebration offers an opportunity to learn more about housing and its impact on health and provide resources to encourage local activities as well as empower families to protect themselves from hazards in their home. June’s outreach activities aim to greatly boost awareness and understanding of what federal and local resources are available to make a difference in the lives of all residents, regardless of where they live. Learn more and get involved! Visit the Hud.gov Healthy Homes website.
Graphene – the strongest material known to science – is used to create everything from condoms to night-vision contact lenses. Now, thanks to the ingenuity of The Graphene Company, paint containing the world’s “thinnest, strongest and most conductive” substance is hitting shelves in the UK. The new lime-based paint is incredibly thin, beneficial for the environment and capable of making your home, or any building, more efficient.
May 15, 2017
Property listings may contain data about the air quality in an area in the future, according to estate agents.
The National Association of Estate Agent (NAEA) said it believes the data will soon be a compulsory part of property adverts.
May 10, 2017
Home is where you feel comfortable and safe. It’s where you tuck your kids into bed and lazily watch hours of Netflix on the couch.
Without your care and vigilance, however, your home may develop conditions that can make you severely ill — or even kill you.
Here are five ways your home can potentially harm you, and expert advice on preventing them from affecting your household.
Salt samples from 8 different countries revealed the presence of plastic contaminants from ocean pollution.
Oh, we are a special species. Not only did we figure out how to make something as ridiculously durable as plastic, but then we decided to use it for things that don't require durability – things like single-use shopping bags and the grit in face scrubs. And best yet?
April 21, 2017
April 2, 2017
My skin condition, partly caused by air pollution, disappeared in the clean air of the Himalayas, was controlled by moisturiser and medicated shampoo in Scotland but has broken out again since moving to London
March 20, 2017
There are a number of available low-carbon technologies to generate electricity. But are they really better than fossil fuels and nuclear power?
To answer that question, one needs to compare not just the emissions of different power sources but also the health benefits and the threats to ecosystems of green energy.
March 13, 2017
I recently spent some time walking around Washington DC, where I live, with an aethalometer sticking out of my shirt collar. I carried the device, which measures air pollution, around with me like a pet monkey as I walked in a city park, drove on the city’s circular beltway and picked up my kids from school. It was sadly eye-opening because it confirmed what I have long suspected: my city is a polluted place.
March 5, 2017
When Elizabeth Mack wondered about a future in which Americans wouldn’t be able to pay for water, a couple of colleagues waved her off. “Don’t be ridiculous,” they said. But the idea niggled at Mack, an assistant professor at the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences at Michigan State University. And in January, in an article published in the science journal PLOS ONE, she asked a new question: Is there a burgeoning water affordability crisis in the United States?
January 23, 2017
What is the smartest species in the world? You might think it's humans by a long shot, but the reality is a lot more complicated.
Frans de Waal, a primatologist at Emory University, has a new book out called "Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?" and in it he gives hundreds of examples of surprising intelligence from non-human species, including many instances where other animals appear to be smarter than we are.
January 3, 2017
Want to enjoy home-grown food year after year without having to start your garden from scratch each spring? Then, it's time to discover the perennial food garden. All of the following herbs, vegetables, fruits and legumes can be planted once and enjoyed for many seasons to come.question, one needs to compare not just the emissions of different power sources but also the health benefits and the threats to ecosystems of green energy.
December 17, 2016
The dream of living in a luxurious treehouse is alive and well at the enigmatic 2y House in Chile, where architect Sebastian Irarrazaval worked with clients who wanted to ensconce themselves as entirely as possible in the woods near the country’s Lake Colico, some 470 miles south of the capital, Santiago.
December 12, 2016
Carotenoids are pigments synthesized by plants that give vegetables their yellow, orange, and red colors. Their antioxidant properties, as well as their benefits for visual health, are well known, but emerging research suggests these compounds may have a positive impact on cognition as well.