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Air pollution limits in the US fail to prevent deaths

By on July 18, 2017 in Air pollution, Health, Uncategorized

Using 12 years of data, researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston link specific air quality levels to death rates. The study, recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrates the correlation between pollution and longevity and challenges the EPA to change their standards.

Their conclusion is that current regulations are not strict enough to prevent pollution-related deaths, while at the same time further reductions in pollution will produce a big drop in fatalities.

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Air Pollution Can Affect Antibiotics Effectiveness

By on April 26, 2017 in Air pollution, Health

Air pollution is known to affect people’s health in many ways, and is thought to be responsible for at least seven million deaths per year. Now researchers from the University of Leicester have discovered that medicine can be negatively affected by air pollution as well.

The research team studied the impact of black carbon on bacteria in the respiratory tract, and found that this pollutant changes the way in which bacteria grow and form communities. This in turn limits the effectiveness of antibiotics on them, as the bacteria are able to hide from, and combat, our immune systems.

 

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AURAIA selected N°1 in Climate Kic Switzerland Accelerator

By on April 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

AURAIA is proud and honoured to have been selected as N°1 startup in the Climate Kic Switzerland accelerator competition !

Climate Kic is the Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate change, consisting of dynamic companies, the best academic institutions and the public sector.

Climate-KIC is one of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The EIT is an EU body whose mission is to create sustainable growth. Climate-Kic supports this mission by addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation. It integrate education, entrepreneurship and innovation resulting in connected, creative transformation of knowledge and ideas into economically viable products or services that help to mitigate climate change.

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AURAIA accepted as Actor of UN Environment-hosted Climate & Clean Air Coalition

By on April 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

AURAIA is proud and honored to announce its acceptance as an “Actor” in the UN Environment-hosted Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC).

Founded in 2012, The Coalition brings together nations, institutions, organizations and companies to reduce short-lived climate pollutants with the aim of addressing near-term climate change and air pollution, and to improve people’s health, increase food security, enhance energy efficiency, and alleviate poverty. The Coalition supports 11 initiatives to reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs): Diesel, Oil & Gas, Waste, Bricks, HFC, Household Energy, Agriculture, SNAP, Finance, Assessments and Health.

SLCPs have a relatively short lifetime in the atmosphere, and therefore determined efforts to mitigate them now can significantly reduce their concentrations in a relatively short period of time.

AURAIA will actively participate in the CCAC’s Finance initiative in helping to build the Coalition’s finance knowledge and capacity on equity markets with its innovative Quantum Artificial Intelligence platform to catalyze investment in SLCP abatement.

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AURAIA speaking at the 6th Stranded Assets Forum

By on March 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

The 6th Stranded Assets Forum: From disclosure to data towards a new consensus for the future of measuring environmental risk and opportunity will be held on 6 & 7 April 2017 at Waddesdon Manor in UK.

The first day of the forum will focus on developing a new consensus on the role of asset-level data, big data, and advanced analytics in shaping company, investor, and regulator responses to environmental risk and opportunity. The second day will host the inaugural meeting of the Asset-level Data Initiative (ADI) and will focus on how to realise the ambition of making accurate, comparable, and comprehensive asset-level data tied to ownership publicly available across key sectors and geographies.

AURAIA is pleased to receive this invitation and share its perspective during this unique event to measure the environmental risk and opportunities of energy facilities.

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Air pollution has become the leading environmental cause of death worldwide

By on March 9, 2017 in Air pollution, Health

The State of Global Air 2017, a report produced jointly by the Boston-based Health Effects Institute and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, finds that more than 90% of the world’s population lives in areas with unhealthy air. The Health Effects Institute will update the findings annually to highlight the extent to which air pollution affects public health, as well as tracking progress toward cleaner air.

The Global Disease Report is a unique compilation of health data from 195 countries over a 25 year period, from 1990 to 2015, facilitating comparison of health data across populations, age groups and over a span of time.

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AURAIA 2017 Top 50 Startups to Invest In

By on March 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

AURAIA wishes to thank Bilan and the jury for the wonderful recognition of being selected as a 2017 Top 50 Startups to invest in !

Every year, Bilan Magazine, the most recognized publication covering the Swiss economy selects 50 of the most promising startups in Switzerland.  In its 2017 annual issue of the 50 startups in which to invest in, Bilan highlights the best of Swiss innovation.

Selected and audited by a jury composed of innovation professionals and entrepreneurs, they present promising potential for growth and income in sectors as varied as Fintech, Foodtech, Biotech and Medtech. This year, Abir Oreibi (Lift Conference), Sean Park (Anthemis), Olivier Brourhant (Amaris), François Randin (Green Motion), Carlos Moreira (Wisekey), Sigur Solheim (EOCP) (Editor of Bilan) in its mission to choose and scan the young companies of the Swiss economy.

According to the Global Innovation Index from  Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization, Switzerland has been recognized for the last 6 years as one of the most innovative countries in the world.

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Millions of premature births could be linked to air pollution, study finds

By on February 23, 2017 in Air pollution, Health

Nearly 15 million babies are born annually before reaching 37 weeks gestation, putting them at increased risk of infant death, or long-term physical and neurological disabilities. Now researchers from the Stockholm Environment Institute, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Colorado have concluded that as many as 3.4 million of these premature births could be associated with fine particulate matter (PM2.5).

This study highlights that air pollution may not just harm people who are breathing the air directly – it may also seriously affect a baby in its mother’s womb. As such, this research adds an important new consideration in measuring the health burden of air pollution and the benefits of mitigation measures.

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New study: Pollution leads to incresed risk of dementia among older women.

By on February 16, 2017 in Air pollution, Health

Older women who live in areas where the fine particulate matter (2.5 micrometers or smaller in diameter) exceeds the limits set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency had an 81 percent greater chance of general cognitive decline and were 92 percent more likely to develop dementia.

This recently published paper in Translational Psychiatry, by researchers at the University of Southern California, adds to an emerging body of research linking air pollution to dementia.

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‘Social cost of carbon’ too low, report says

By on February 4, 2017 in Air pollution, Climate Change, Energy

Two Stanford researchers contend that current government estimates of the ‘social cost of carbon’ — a key metric of the economic damage caused by climate change used in cost-benefit analysis of regulations — could fall woefully short of what is necessary. They argue that the social cost of carbon on the global economy is actually about $220 for each ton of carbon dioxide emitted, compared to $37 calculated by the U.S. government.

“If the social cost of carbon is higher, many more mitigation measures will pass a cost-benefit analysis,” wrote co-author Delavane Diaz wrote in a statement.

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