Health Archives - State of the Planet

Air Pollution Cuts Are Saving Lives in New York State

Lower air pollution levels saved an estimated 5,660 lives in New York State in 2012, compared to 2002 levels, according to a new study.

by |August 7, 2019
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Nothing to Sneeze At: How Climate Change Could Make Your Allergies Worse

As the world warms, plants may benefit but pollen allergies will likely get worse.

by |July 23, 2019

By Cutting Ozone Pollution Now, China Could Save 330,000 Lives by 2050

Climate change could worsen China’s already bad ozone pollution problem — but a new study shows that it doesn’t have to be that way.

by |July 16, 2019
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The Right Way to Host a Vaccine Debate

Scientists often have a disadvantage during vaccine debates. Fortunately, one Facebook group has found a solution.

by |June 10, 2019
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Breaking Down the Anti-Vaccine Echo Chamber

The rhetoric around vaccination is generally black and white: vaccines are good or vaccines are bad. But now more than ever, it’s important to find ways to communicate across the divide.

by |May 8, 2019

Study Identifies Better, Cheaper Ways to Stem Arsenic Poisoning in Bangladesh

Some solutions are over 100 times cheaper than others, costing as little as $1 per person.

by |May 5, 2019
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A Case Against Vaccine Religious Exemptions

It is time for states to change their laws so that fringe religious objections do not get in the way of protecting the safety of children and people with compromised immune systems.

by |April 10, 2019
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High School Students in Peru Discover Lead Contamination Hotspots

Equipped with a field testing kit originally developed within Columbia’s Earth Institute, the “Lead-Free Kids Peru” project has tested hundreds of soil samples for the toxic metal — and dug up some startling results in the process.

by |March 29, 2019

Data Visualization: World Happiness Trends

Could the number of women in a nation’s government have an impact on its happiness? Can air quality effect the mood of a population? Do trains make people happier? Explore World Happiness Report data and trends that might also contribute to a country’s overall well-being.

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Mining Pollution Limits Access to Clean Water in Papua New Guinea

A new report documents the social, environmental, economic, and health impacts of gold mining in Porgera, Papua New Guinea.