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Report Outlines Path to Safe Reopening During COVID-19

The guide calls for a significant up-scaling of testing to determine when people can return to work safely, and says that businesses will have to fundamentally change how they do things.

by Elise Gout |May 29, 2020
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Coronavirus Has a Strong Ally: Pollution

Research suggests that even a small increase in long-term exposure to fine particles leads to an increase in the mortality rate of up to 8 percent.

by Marco Tedesco |May 29, 2020
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The Virus and the Cyclone: The Tragedy in India and Bangladesh is Double

More than four million people have been forced to abandon their homes and reach emergency shelters, increasing the risk of contagion.

by Marco Tedesco |May 28, 2020
Xiaomeng Jin

Xiaomeng Jin Uses Satellite Imagery to Track Ozone Formation

Her research as a Ph.D. student at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has yielded important information for air quality control efforts.

by |May 22, 2020

ACToday Experts Take Part in Panel on Climate and Food Security

Experts discussed how climate and the coronavirus will affect food supply chains, and how university-led projects such as ACToday can help take on major challenges like these.

by |May 18, 2020
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What We Can Do to Preserve Our Cleaner Air

How you can fight air pollution in your neighborhood and your home.

by John Loike and Robert Pollack |May 12, 2020
Dale Willman, who will lead the new Earth Institute Resilience Media Project, here runs a discussion of resilience journalism

Earth Institute Announces Resilience Media Project

The project will boost newsroom capacity to go beyond reporting on disasters after they strike, to envision preventative and adaptive solutions.

by |May 11, 2020

Potentially Fatal Combinations of Humidity and Heat Are Emerging Across the Globe

A new study has identified thousands of incidents of previously rare or unprecedented extreme heat/humidity combinations in parts of Asia, Africa, Australia, South America and North America, including in the U.S. Gulf Coast region.

by |May 8, 2020
Workers pack up emergency response provisions in the Philippines.

How Philanthropic Organizations are Addressing Coronavirus Around the World

The repercussions of COVID-19 are being felt around the world. A variety of forms of philanthropy have surfaced in response.

by |May 7, 2020
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Clay Layers and Distant Pumping Trigger Arsenic Contamination in Bangladesh Groundwater

Widely considered a screen against contamination, clay layers may actually enhance arsenic leakage into some aquifers, study finds.

by |May 7, 2020