Health Archives - State of the Planet

child eating corn on the cob

Corn, Obesity, and Navigating Healthy Eating Choices as a Parent

Our children learn to eat from us. Eat better, fill your plates with dark leafy greens and your kid is bound to follow.

by |August 22, 2018

Lead Is Poisoning Children on U.S. Military Bases, Says Report

An extensive investigation by the Reuters news agency has found that many children living on U.S. military bases may be exposed to hazardous levels of lead in decaying family housing.

by |August 21, 2018

Children Highly Vulnerable to Health Risks from Climate Change

Madeleine Thomson, a senior research scientist at IRI and a senior research scholar at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, is a co-editor of PLOS Medicine‘s special issue on Climate Change and Health. Articles in the issue cover climate-related impacts, adaptation and mitigation.

by |August 15, 2018

Global Climate Models For Public Health? Useful, But Not In The Way We Think

A new paper in PLOS Medicine argues that climate change projections are often misused in health impact studies: they are best suited for shaping public health policies, not for triggering operational actions on the ground.

by |August 15, 2018
Malo Hutson photo in front of tree

Investigating How the Built Environment Impacts Health and Equality

Having grown up poor, urbanist and Earth Institute faculty member Malo Hutson brings a unique perspective to his work with displaced and impoverished people.

by |August 14, 2018

Greener Ways to Keep Cool During a Heat Wave

The world is warming and our air conditioners are making it worse. Here are some less energy-intensive ways to survive the rising heat.

by |August 3, 2018
fried egg on pavement heat wave

If You Think This Summer’s Heat Waves Are Bad, Just Wait for the Future

Rising temperatures and humidity could make summers unbearable in the southeastern U.S. and beyond, according to a study published in December.

by |July 17, 2018

Fighting Ticks With a Few Taps of the Phone

A new smartphone app offers hope of stemming the spread of diseases like Lyme, and providing some peace of mind in the process.

by |July 9, 2018

What You Should Know About Air Quality Alerts

“It’s a code red day for ozone.” If you hear this on your local news, what does it mean? Are you at risk? Do you know what to do?

by |June 26, 2018

Scott Pruitt and the Chemical Industry Collude to Deregulate Toxic Chemicals

The persistence of toxic chemicals and substances like plastics throughout the biosphere has impacts that are not yet well understood and may be very difficult to predict.

by |June 11, 2018