Category: Global Health

Climate Change: a Matter of Public Health

by | 4.7.2014 at 6:19pm
Women, babies, Ekwendeni Mission Hospital, Mzimba District, Malawi

People have tried to cast climate change as an environmental issue, a social justice issue and a development issue. Madeleine Thomson of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society argues climate change can be understood much better if we consider it an issue of global public health.

Climate Conditions Help Forecast Meningitis Outbreaks

by | 3.18.2014 at 1:01pm
A hot, dusty wind blows into Niamey, Niger. Credit: Francesco Fiondella

Wind and dust conditions in Sub-Saharan Africa Africa could help predict a meningitis epidemic, according to a new research by NASA GISS and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society.

Science and Solutions for Sustainable Development: 2013 Annual Report

by | 2.17.2014 at 1:51pm
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The Earth Institute is grateful to its many partners for their important role in the effort to develop the science and solutions necessary for sustainable development. Please visit the interactive digital 2013 Annual Report to read more about how we are forging partnerships across disciplines and sectors to advance the global effort to guide our planet onto a path toward sustainability.

This Dance Class Could Be Worth $1 Million

by | 1.31.2014 at 2:56pm
Capoeira in the street in Brazil. Photo: jonrawlinson / flickr

You could be dancing a Dollu Kunitha in Karnataka, or a Kpanlogo in Ghana, or a samba in Rio. Dance is integral to most cultures, and it’s also a social and fun way to improve physical fitness. It can help prevent cardiovascular disease and control weight, among other health benefits. And that is the point that a group of Earth Institute students are hoping will win them a million dollars to finance their project, named “Health for All.”

From the Atmosphere to Asthma: Exploring the Field of Environmental Health

by | 1.31.2014 at 12:00pm

The Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development kicked off their Spring 2014 Speaker Series with Dr. Regina Santella, Center Director of the NIEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan, who spoke on the Center’s mission as well as her own research against deadly diseases.

Website Maps the Flu, and Predicts Its Progress

by | 1.13.2014 at 3:18pm
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Infectious disease experts at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health have launched a website that reports weekly predictions for rates of seasonal influenza in 94 cities in the United States.

Genetic Modifications You May Not Know About

by | 1.13.2014 at 1:37pm | 1 Comment
T cells have been genetically modified to fight cancer

While much attention is focused on genetically modified foods, fewer people are aware that many other genetically modified organisms and cells are in development. Columbia University’s Shaheed Naeem and Matthew Palmer offer their perspectives.

Why Conservation is Not Condescension: A Case Against Eco-imperialism

by | 1.2.2014 at 12:51am

Western ecologists and conservationists have been portrayed at times as modern imperialists, forcefully imposing a radical ideology of environmentalism on the developing world. These so-called “eco-imperialists” are depicted as arrogant and uncaring elites, concerned with the protection of pristine nature, but indifferent to human welfare. But the future of wild places is entwined with human welfare, and the protection of wildlands is in fact critical in the long run. This piece investigates the perception of modern conservationists as eco-imperialists, and argues against that view of environmentalism.

Map Your Food

by | 12.10.2013 at 4:20pm
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Where does London get its fruit? Where are the “food swamps” in Los Angeles? Where do tomatoes from Spain wind up? Where are the composters in New York City? For lovers of geography, and of the sociology of food, “Food: an atlas” offers lots of informative and curious distraction.

IRI@AGU: Schedule of Events + Q&As

by | 12.6.2013 at 12:11pm
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Four scientists and one PhD student from the International Research Institute for Climate and Society are attending the 2013 American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting. Below are links to Q&As with each of the presenters and the schedule of their posters and presentations.