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How We Will Turn It Around: Rebounding From America’s 2020 Nightmare

The pandemic and the western fires are examples of a catastrophic failure by America’s government to protect the public.

by |September 14, 2020
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Summer Program Helps Youths Identify Public Health Concerns in Their Communities

Learn-Try-Apply interns created plans to address problems of nutrition, mental wellness and substance abuse in their own communities.

by Haein Shin and Lolimar Peña |September 11, 2020

Toward a National Response to the COVID Catastrophe

Health recovery is a prerequisite for economic recovery.

by |August 17, 2020

Pesticides and Industrial Pollutants Found in Snow Atop Arctic Glaciers

The long journey of these compounds — likely originating in the United States and Eurasia — points to the near-global reach of industrial and agricultural pollution.

by |August 6, 2020
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Density, Equity, and the History of Epidemics in New York City

The city’s economic success depends on its density. But density also allows contagious diseases to spread. Looking at how the city has managed this conflict in the past could shed light on what the future holds.

by Richard Plunz and Andrés Álvarez-Dávila |June 30, 2020

Coronavirus Response Shows the World Is Not Ready for Climate-Induced Pandemics

The outbreak in China shows we still have a lot to learn when it comes to dealing with global pandemics, which are expected to increase due to climate change.

by Jennifer Zhang |February 24, 2020

Bridging the Air Pollution Data Gap in Sub-Saharan Africa

Dan Westervelt, a 2019 Center for Climate and Life Fellow, received funding to address the ongoing air pollution crisis in three large sub-Saharan African cities.

by |January 23, 2020

It’s Not Just About Climate Change, It’s About Our Health – and the Energy Sector Is Key

Quickly transitioning our energy supplies to clean, low-carbon energy sources is a tremendous opportunity to improve our health.

by Melissa C. Lott |January 16, 2020

Education Brings Sectors Together to Address Fluorosis in Alirajpur

A new project from the Center for Sustainable Development and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory will use education interventions to try to curb fluorosis, caused by high fluoride levels in drinking water, in Alirajpur, India.

by |August 12, 2019

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