Smoke haze and how to minimise the impact

OXYGEN FILES: Usually in January, there are kids everywhere in my little Riverina town. Kids on scooters and bikes and skateboards. Kids at the local pool. Kids out with dogs and basketballs or playing a bit of hit-and-giggle at the town tennis court.

Silicosis: Hormone hope in fight against deadly disease

Safe Work Australia recently announced that in three years’ time it will cut the silica dust exposure limit from 0.1 milligrams per cubic metre over an eight-hour shift to 0.05 milligrams.

New TFE event: Happy Healthy Offices Sydney – what’s the real story?

Happy Healthy Offices Sydney – what’s the real story? 4 CPD points confirmed from GBCA Wednesday 15 May 2019 8.30am – 1pm Corrs Chambers Westgarth offices Level 17, 8 Chifley, 8/12 Chifley Square, Sydney NSW 2000   We’ve had hot desking, activity based working and co-working. They don’t always work as intended. Now there’s a […]

Hot enough yet? What this heat is doing to our health

Public libraries are staying open longer to help communities deal with heat stress and we might need school shut downs as well and meanwhile we get a more sedentary lifestyle.

Workers are fit but not happy, says Liz Elam

The physical health box has been ticked by many workplaces, according to Link Coworking owner and Global Coworking Unconference Conference founder Liz Elam.

How can we ensure healthy high-rise communities?

A new study by Landcom and the universities of Sydney, NSW and Technology announced this week is hoping to find planning measures to address concerns about health – both mental and physical – in high-density environments.

A few billion more reasons to pursue healthy green buildings

The energy saving benefits of green buildings have long been understood, but new research from Harvard University has now put a dollar value on the climate and health benefits of reduced atmospheric pollution.

Australia’s off the charts on meat emissions

Greenhouse emissions from Australian diets are 200 per cent higher than those of a typical high-income country, new research has found, with the blame placed on our meat-heavy diets.

Trees could save thousands from asthma attacks

Trees and green space are associated with a reduction in asthma-related hospitalisations, according to new research out of England. The findings are based on a study of 650,000 serious asthma attacks over a 15-year period across 26,000 urban neighbourhoods. The study, published in Environment International, said the effects of urban vegetation were not equal everywhere, […]

Could cool roofs cause more pollution?

Californian energy efficiency standards are set to see cool roof technology take off, but scientists have raised concerns that widespread use could lead to increased levels of ozone and fine particulate pollution.

Climate and Health Alliance launch national strategy

From the Climate and Health Alliance: In a world first initiative, over 40 leading health experts and organisations, along with federal parliamentarians, will today launch a Framework for a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia. The Framework has been developed on behalf of a coalition of over thirty health and medical organisations, […]

New draft framework from the Climate and Health Alliance

The Climate and Health Alliance last week released its Draft Framework for the National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being. The strategy has been developed to support Australia in meeting its obligations under the Paris Agreement (global climate agreement) in relation to ensuring its citizens’ ‘right to health’ in the context of national climate policy, a statement from […]

Sweden GBC and IWBI join forces to advance health in buildings

From Sweden Green Building Council: The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and Sweden Green Building Council today announced their intent to collaborate on the advancement of practices that improve human health and well-being in buildings and communities. The goal is to promote the successful adoption of IWBI’s WELL Building Standard (WELL), a performance-based system for […]

Sydney’s deep divide and how to end it

Urgent policy action is needed to provide better health outcomes and effective job density as Sydney’s population doubles over the next 40 years, according to the Committee for Sydney. The committee’s new report, Adding to the Dividend, Ending the Divide #3, analyses the current performance of Greater Sydney while suggesting practical ways to improve the […]