Mailman School of Public Health Archives - State of the Planet

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When and How Should Schools Reopen?

It’s one of the most complicated, difficult questions of the pandemic, and there are many ways to answer it, according to Earth Institute experts.

by |July 30, 2020

What Can We Learn From COVID-19 to Help With Climate Change?

Three Earth Institute experts weigh in.

by |March 26, 2020
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‘Stealth Transmission’ Fueled Fast Spread of Coronavirus Outbreak

A new study suggests undetected cases, many of which were likely not severely symptomatic, were largely responsible for the rapid spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in China.

by |March 3, 2020
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You Asked: How Does Climate Change Help to Spread Diseases?

An Earth Institute expert explains why climate change is great for mosquitoes (but bad for people), and why we shouldn’t really worry about prehistoric germs coming back to life.

by |September 24, 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
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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

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

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

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