Topic: air pollution

A call to action on food systems and climate change

September 30, 2015 — Researchers and policy makers must take steps to address air pollution, climate change, and other environmental issues related to crop and livestock production that, left unchanged, could one day severely impact the world’s food supply and human health,…

Air pollution killing 3.3 million people a year worldwide

Air pollution causes 3.3 million deaths worldwide each year—primarily from strokes and heart attacks—according to a new study by a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researcher and colleagues. The study used health statistics and computer modeling to generate the most…

Renewable energy projects can improve health

Renewable electricity projects and energy efficiency measures could have health benefits worth millions of dollars a year, according to a new study published August 31, 2015 in Nature Climate Change. Researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health developed an assessment…

Nickel may contribute to air pollution’s cardiovascular effects

Nickel appears to contribute to adverse cardiovascular outcomes associated with fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5) according to a study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers. The study was published online June 19, 2015 in Environmental Health Perspectives. Lead…

China considering tobacco tax to reduce smoking deaths

Adding a 50% excise tax onto tobacco products in China – which has the highest number of tobacco users in the world – could significantly reduce smoking-related deaths while generating substantial financial risk protection and poverty alleviation benefits to households, according to…

Aging light fixtures in New York City schools leaking PCBs

Inspections have revealed that elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, are leaking from aging light fixtures in many New York City public schools. HSPH’s Robert Herrick, senior lecturer on industrial hygiene, spoke to the Wall Street Journal on February 14, 2011 about…

Air pollution may trigger anxiety symptoms

Recent exposure to air pollution raises the risk for anxiety symptoms, according to a new study by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and colleagues. The study of 71,271 women participating in the long-running Nurses’ Health Study found that higher…