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Improving the health of people in and around cities, especially those most vulnerable, with information on strategies to reduce the causes and impacts of climate change.

Environmental Justice & Health

Low-income communities often are exposed to more pollution than other communities, and bear greater health burdens from that pollution.

Green Spaces & Health

Planting more plants and trees in cities—where most people live—can cool urban areas and prevent harm from heat. Spending more time surrounded by green space, like trees or other vegetation, may improve mental and physical health.

Healthy Buildings

The air we breathe in our homes and offices can have a major impact on our overall health.

Healthy Homes

Indoor air quality in the home can be an important driver of health. In homes near major current and former industrial sites, however, indoor air can be deeply polluted.

Healthy Schools

School buildings and dormitories can have an impact on both students’ health and their ability to learn.
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Transportation & Health

New studies from Harvard Chan School have found that long-term exposure to even low levels of air pollution, like those found near highways or busy city streets affects our health.

Climate Change, the Indoor Environment, and Health

The impact of climate change on indoor environments affects the health of those who live, work, study, or play in them.

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Does Greenspace Around Schools Impact Absenteeism?

Harvard Chan School's Healthy Buildings team analyzed data from schools across Massachusetts. 

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Moving Environmental Justice Indoors

The main drivers of indoor air quality in low income housing.

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Environmental Conditions in Low-Income Urban Housing

Important findings related to the health of occupants in low income housing.

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Green Public Housing and Health

Green public housing may reduce health risks from environmental pollutants.

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Childhood Asthma Acute Primary Care Visits, Traffic, and Traffic-Related Pollutants

This analysis suggests that traffic is a contributor to more acute asthma episodes in children.

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Mass., other states near historic agreement to curb transportation emissions

Massachusetts and other East Coast states are poised to sign a landmark agreement that would constitute one of the nation’s most ambitious efforts to fight climate change.

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A Plan by Eastern States to Cap Tailpipe Emissions Gets Off to a Slow Start

Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C., all announced they would join a cap-and-trade program for cars and trucks. But many bigger states have yet to join.

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Northeast states to unveil cap-and-invest plan for cars

A collection of Northeastern states are expected to unveil a final agreement to cap carbon emissions from cars.

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Episode 229: Deadly Outbreaks Persist At Nursing Homes; How Transportation Emissions Harm Our Health

Kathy Fallon Lambert talks about the number of lives we could save if we cut our transportation emissions

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LGBTQ+ Mental Health

About the December 16 forum This forum is designed increase awareness around LGBTQ+ mental health. Three experts who specialize in LGBTQ+ mental health will give short presentations and then engage in a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Koenen. Dr. Gerald Davison, Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern California will present on the ethics and…

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Concerns Raised about Equity of Northeast Pollution Pact

A major climate initiative binding northeastern states doesn't yet sufficiently benefit low-income communities and people of color who are disproportionately affected by pollution.

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$11 Billion in Health Benefits by 2032, Says New Harvard Study on Transportation Climate Initiative

A new preliminary analysis by Harvard says that the proposed Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States could yield up to $11.1 billion in health benefits by 2032.

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Study: N’East Pollution Pact Will Save Black and Brown New Yorkers and Cut Health Costs

The Transportation and Climate Initiative aims to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by as much as a quarter by 2032.

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Study Finds Regional Pact To Reduce Transportation Pollution Could Yield Major Health Benefits

A preliminary analysis of the health impacts of TCI found that the plan that would reduce greenhouse gases the most would also yield the biggest health benefits.

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Environmental News: Boston Scores High Marks For Clean Energy, Roxbury Fights For Its Trees, And New England's Wildfire Risk

Dr. Aaron Bernstein joins Callie Crossley on Under the Radar to discuss environmental news in Boston.

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Dr. Aaron Bernstein

Aaron Bernstein MD, MPH

Aaron examines the human health effects of global environmental changes with the aim of promoting a deeper understanding of these subjects among students, educators, policy makers, and the public.

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Gina McCarthy

Gina McCarthy

A leading advocate for smart, successful strategies to protect public health and the environment for more than 30 years.

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