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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.

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.

The Impact of Green Buildings on Cognitive Function

Do we work smarter in green buildings?

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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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Amid devastating climate report and heat waves coming our way, we need courage

Dr. Gaurab Basu offers guidance on how to courageously fight climate change as an individual.

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More coordinated federal help needed to battle extreme heat, lawmakers told

Our Director Dr. Aaron Bernstein testified about how federal actions can reduce the impacts of extreme heat on health to the House Science Committee's Subcommittee on the Environment

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4 tips to beat extreme heat

There are many things we can do to keep our bodies cool and safe during extreme heat, even without air conditioning.

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What researchers are learning about air pollution and the pandemic shutdown

New research shows that reduced travel and industrial production during the early months of COVID-19 resulted in lower levels of a harmful air pollutant, nitrogen dioxide.

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EPA looks at tougher standards for key air pollutant that could affect Philadelphia

The Environmental Protection Agency will consider strengthening standards for harmful pollution from soot. In Philadelphia, people of color are more likely to live in neighborhoods with high levels of soot in the air.

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Q&A: Gaurab Basu on climate change, racial justice, and COVID-19

April 9, 2021–Climate change is affecting all corners of the world, but historically marginalized communities are disproportionally bearing its health and economic consequences. Gaurab Basu, a physician with the Cambridge Health Alliance and a health equity fellow at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health,…

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Killer Combination: Climate, Health and Poverty

Our Director Dr. Aaron Bernstein talks to Greg Dalton and Adrienne Hollis about the convergence of climate, health, and poverty.

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Transportation infrastructure investments could save hundreds of lives, billions of dollars

Health-related savings from increased walking and bicycling far exceed the estimated infrastructure costs.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Among Pregnant Women and Mothers of Young Children

As multiple effective vaccines are developed, their distribution and overall acceptance by the public is crucial to stop the spread of COVID-19. Research conducted by Principal Investigator of the Human Immunomics Initiative, Dr. Julia Wu, in collaboration with Pregistry focused on a crucial population- mothers and their children. Estimates of global vaccine acceptance among pregnant women and…

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How the Global Pandemic is Creating Greater Humanitarian Challenges

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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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Kathy Fallon Lambert

Kathy examines how big data and models can be used to quantify the health and environment benefits of actions to mitigate climate change.

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Jonathan Buonocore Sc.D

Jonathan focuses on the health, environmental, and climate impacts of energy, and the benefits of reducing carbon emissions—commonly called “health co-benefits.”

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