There are big socio-economic implications for of the COVID-19 lockdown and ultimately for urbanism and climate change.
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.
Faced with an ageing population and community concern about the quality of aged care services, the pressure is on for the industry to do better.
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.
How quickly things change. The words floating to the top as we interview our speakers and prepare for this year’s Happy Healthy Offices event are softer, more thoughtful and probing than last year’s.
Is it sound or noise? The answer sometimes depends on your perceptions but noise is now widely regarded as a health issue, not merely an annoyance.
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 […]
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.
The Queensland government has just released the latest in a series of sectoral climate change adaptation plans, this time covering the health and wellbeing sectors.
The physical health box has been ticked by many workplaces, according to Link Coworking owner and Global Coworking Unconference Conference founder Liz Elam.
News from the front desk #388: The health risks of car dependency were spectacularly revealed this week.
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.
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.
MARKET PULSE: There’s a big shortage of environmental health officers in Australia with Central Queensland University graduates quick to find 100 per cent placement.
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 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, […]
A switch to smart LED lighting systems could provide healthier workplaces environments while cutting carbon emissions and boosting productivity, according to the World Green Building Council.
Brisbane residents could live longer, healthier lives if more of them shifted from private cars to active transport, new research has shown, reducing cases of heart disease and diabetes by the thousands.
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.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Is there really such a thing as the architecture of health and happiness, or is this just wishful thinking?