Health Archives - State of the Planet

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Forging a New Frontier in Climate, Food, and Nutrition

A panel discussion and book launch event outline how better communication can help to bridge the research divide between climate and health.

by |October 22, 2018

The Trump Administration’s Attack on EPA Science and Children’s Health

Government’s first priority should not be to promote business interests, but to protect the lives and health of its people.

by |October 1, 2018
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Bring Your Soil For Lead Testing at Open House

To find out if this harmful metal is lingering in your backyard or local park, and to learn how to protect your family, bring a few scoops of soil to the Lamont-Doherty Open House on October 13.

by |September 28, 2018

New Book: Climate Information for Public Health Action

A new textbook edited and written by researchers across Columbia gives the health community a primer on why, when and how climate information can and should be incorporated into health research, policy and practice.

by |September 28, 2018
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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
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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