Health Archives - State of the Planet

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.

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Using Machine Learning to Eradicate the Tsetse Fly in Sub-Saharan Africa

A Columbia team is pioneering a machine learning-based imaging and sorting solution that would help to drastically reduce Africa’s tsetse population.

by |February 27, 2019
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How to Talk to Anti-Vaxxers

Research assistant Rachel Alter became a “pro-vaccine troll” so you don’t have to.

by |February 8, 2019
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What’s Needed for a Sustainable, Equitable and Healthy Food System?

A report integrates the environmental, health, and social impacts of agriculture into one framework to help us make informed decisions about food.

by |February 7, 2019

Study Finds Sewage Bacteria Lurking in Hudson River Sediments

A new study shows that fecal bacteria from sewage can persist in far greater quantities in near-shore sediments than in the water of the Hudson River.

by |December 13, 2018
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Arsenic Contamination is Common in Punjabi Wells, Study Finds

But there’s a pretty simple solution that could protect a lot of people.

by |December 12, 2018
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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