Human Health

How is climate change set to exacerbate the triple burden of disease within lower income nations?

People | Human Health , October 18th, 2021

Despite negligible emissions, lower-middle income countries (LMIC) are typically more vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change. Many LMICs are in a state of economic transition and are subject to significant burdens of communicable and non-communicable disease, both of which will be exacerbated under climate change.

Car brakes and tyre dust: a hidden source of pollution

People | Human Health, October 11th, 2021

Car particulate, or non-exhaust emissions, comes from brake, tyres and road dust. This dangerous form of pollution contains heavy metals which are distributed into the atmosphere, potentially posing a risk to pedestrians and other traffic users.

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: yet another lung disease made worse by air pollution

People | Human Health, September 27th, 2021

Air pollution can lead to a plethora of respiratory illnesses. Recent research shows that it contributes to the progression of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)—a chronic and irreversible lung disease.

Danger is not always loud and visible: the importance of controlling the spread of Antimicrobial Resistance

People | Human Health, August 13th, 2021

Microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and viruses are so tiny that they can only be seen under the microscope, yet once they spread, they are incredibly difficult to completely eradicate. To date, society has been using antimicrobials to treat many microbe-induced infections in humans, animals and plants. Soon, however, this will become a difficult reality.

Climate resilience: the importance of strengthening healthcare facilities in the face of climate change

People | Human Health, August 7th 2021

Places around the world are being affected by climate change through devastating floods, wildfires and extreme heat-waves. Many healthcare facilities are simply not prepared and there is therefore a pressing need to address this through awareness of climate resilience.

How melting ice sheets in Greenland may transform the malaria epidemic across Africa

People | Human Health, August 4th, 2021

A new study predicts that melting glaciers in the North Atlantic will cause a shift in malaria prevalence and transmission across the African continent. The length of disease transmission is expected to decrease across West Africa, where malaria is currently most prevalent, and will begin affecting the malaria-free zones of the East African highlands.

The environmental impacts of a sustainable food system

People | Human Health, July 29th 2021

Current research emphasises the promotion of plant-rich diets to combat climate change, through a transformational shift in the current food system, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimise the water footprint and waste.

Zoonoviruses: you may be buying more at the market than you bargained for

People | Human Health, June 28th, 2021

Survey-based data collection has suggested that negative public perception towards wildlife trade, exotic wildlife consumption and bats has significantly increased. 46% of participants believe that disease transmission due to close contact between humans and exotic wildlife will continue to cause future pandemics.

Children’s health are increasingly at risk due to fossil fuel combustion.

People | Human Health, March 18th, 2021

Children are increasingly at risk of prematurely dying from respiratory infections. A recent study from the University of Birmingham, University of Leicester and Harvard University estimated that 7.2% of respiratory deaths in children under the age of 5 can be attributed to PM2.5 related fossil fuel burning.

Environmental Eviction: the 50 year plight of the Batwa people

People | Communities, November 22nd, 2021

In 1970, Kahuzi-Biega National Park was established by foreign Belgian conservationist, Adrien Deschryver, for the purpose of upholding one of the last refuges of the threatened Eastern lowland gorilla. Simultaneously, the expansion of the park from 60,000 to 600,000 hectares caused the violent eviction of 6,000 Batwa from their indigenous lands.

Big oil and mining threaten the Wayuu people of La Guajira

People | Communities, November 11th, 2021

The Wayuu people of the La Guajira region in Colombia and Venezuela, once defied colonialism in the past, now have their livelihoods and lands threatened by big oil and mining companies. The looming American, European and Australian multinationals have a tight grip on the land and water resources of La Guajira.

Inuit and Inuvialuit communities' livelihoods and cultures threatened by the rapid retreat of shore-fast sea ice

People | Communities, October 21, 2021

A study has found that shore-fast ice, which consists of 12% of global sea ice cover, is under serious threat due to climate change. Along with their rapid retreat, polar regions are experiencing melting glaciers and ice sheets, permafrost thawing and hydrologic cycle intensification.

The coasts of Bangladesh are moving inland, along with its people

People | Communities, August 15th, 2021

Southern Bangladesh is one of the most productive ecosystems in the world, receiving large amounts of freshwater and nutrient discharge from the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna Rivers. However, these lands and those livelihoods which depend on them, will soon be standing underwater.

The devastation of the Orinoco Delta and the Warao people

People | Communities, July 16th 2021

The Warao indigenous community in Venezuela have suffered widespread devastation on all fronts, from COVID-19 to the country’s political instability, the Warao community has also been affected by the destruction of their homeland, the Orinoco Delta river.