‘Homes cause hurricanes’ - Healthy Buildings Day highlights

October 8, 2018


Buildings are a massive source of greenhouse gas emissions: in Europe, they are responsible for over a third of our polluting output and, globally, a quarter of emissions come from them.

That is why Professor Fionn Stevenson of the University of Sheffield kicked off her HBD presentation by warning that our “homes cause hurricanes”, linking their emissions to the ever-present spectre of climate change and its impact on weather patterns.

Climate scientists are surprised that the predicted impacts of climate change are already manifesting themselves, including more frequent Atlantic hurricanes hitting the eastern seaboard of the United States and unseasonably hot temperatures across Europe.

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