Health Archives - State of the Planet

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Density, Equity, and the History of Epidemics in New York City

The city’s economic success depends on its density. But density also allows contagious diseases to spread. Looking at how the city has managed this conflict in the past could shed light on what the future holds.

by Richard Plunz and Andrés Álvarez-Dávila |June 30, 2020

The Health Governance and Management Needs of the Global Economy

Action on pandemics, ecosystem destruction and climate change needs to be seen as part of a redefinition of national and global security.

by |June 22, 2020
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Colonialism is at the Root of the Diabetes Epidemic in the Pacific Islands

People across the Pacific Islands are suffering from an alarming diabetes epidemic. To solve it, we must confront the legacies and remnants of colonialism.

by Chloe Schneewind |June 19, 2020
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The Amazon Continues to Burn

The environmental tragedy does not stop even in the face of the pandemic. From January to April, over 1200 square kilometers of forest were wiped out.

by Marco Tedesco |June 19, 2020
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How to Disinfect Your Mask: A Step-by-Step Guide

Social distancing and mask-wearing are here to stay for the foreseeable future. This guide will help you safely disinfect and reuse some types of disposable masks.

by |June 15, 2020

Predicting the Future Response to Our Current Cascading Crises

Anyone who confidently predicts the second half of 2020 hasn’t been paying serious attention to the first half of the year.

by |June 15, 2020
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The Search for Nature in Times of Crisis and Beyond

Seeing nature outside of the city has always been a privilege very few New Yorkers could afford. The rest of us can cope with being housebound by shifting how we define ‘nature.’

by Daniella Simari |June 12, 2020

Notes From a Diplomat in Isolation

During the coronavirus pandemic, a Sustainability Management student learns to focus on what’s most important.

by Andrés Córdova |June 12, 2020
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What Will the Weather Be After Coronavirus?

Pollution is going down, but temperatures could still rise. Here’s why.

by Marco Tedesco |June 5, 2020

Going Back ‘Home’ in the Time of Coronavirus

An international student recounts her experience of trying to return home while borders were closing due to the pandemic.

by Emma Liu |June 5, 2020