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Indigenous traditional medicine knowledge is at risk of disappearing

People | Human Health, April 19th, 2022

The traditional medicine practices of Indigenous Peoples have the potential to benefit people globally and remain a crucial form of primary care for many. However, the knowledge and species involved in these healing methods are at risk of disappearing forever.

The intersections of disability in the face of disaster and climate activism

People | Human Health, March 14th, 2022

Past and present catastrophes, such as Hurricane Katrina and the current COVID-19 pandemic, have shown how disabled people are often forgotten by society. The threat of climate change, flooding, heatwaves, droughts and wildfires will undoubtedly heighten their state of vulnerability. What will it take for society to value disabled lives?

Climate change: a disease of diseases

People | Human Health, March 12th, 2022

As our climate warms, so do our seas and soils, creating reservoirs of microbial life acting as deadly pathways for infection. Warming global temperatures promise new domains for bacterial, viral and fungal life forms which threaten to jeopardise crop productivity and human health.

The perfect storm that caused Zika to spread like wildfire across the Americas

People | Human Health , March 9th, 2022

In 2014, Central and South America experienced a never-before-seen Zika virus epidemic. Climate and environmental conditions may have played a role in the transmission and rapid spread of the virus throughout the continent. How then, did an African endemic virus spread virtually undetected through the Americas in such a short space of time?

Scotland’s natural health service

People | Human Health, February 10th, 2022

Health care professionals in Edinburgh have officially prescribed nature to their patients, alleviating illnesses from diabetes to depression and from arthritis to anxiety. Seventy-four percent of patients benefited from their Nature Prescription, opening up the question—what can nature do for us, and what can we do for nature?

Retiring power plants: a key climate mitigation strategy needed to reduce pollution-related mortality

People | Human Health , February 4th, 2022

Globally, power plants contribute significantly to air pollution-related health effects. Retiring and reducing super-polluting power plants may be the key climate change mitigation strategy to reduce pollution-related mortality in Asian countries.

Innovative prediction models can help reduce the impact of dengue epidemics

People | Human Health, January 28th, 2022

Dengue fever is an airborne disease that follows climate and seasonal patterns. Prediction models can be useful to forecast dengue epidemics by creating an early warning system to help guide prevention programmes, such as mosquito control and public health campaigns.

Microalgae meals: good for humans and the planet

People| Human Health , January 26th, 2022

Many food brands are introducing their customers to microalgae supplements and powders. Albeit with a few drawbacks, a microalgae diet offers a burst of proteins, vitamins, minerals and fibre, supporting the health of humans and benefitting the planet.

A walk in the park: how green spaces can help mental well-being and more

People | Human Health, December 17th, 2021

Humans have a strong connection with nature, and there is plenty of evidence validating the positive effect of urban green spaces on human health and mental well-being. Here, we explore how green spaces alleviate negative emotions associated with pandemic isolation, racial health disparities, PMS symptoms, and air pollution.

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 five can be attributed to PM2.5-related fossil fuel burning.

Indigenous traditional medicine knowledge is at risk of disappearing

People | Human Health

The intersections of disability in the face of disaster and climate activism

People | Human Health

Climate change: a disease of diseases

People | Human Health

The perfect storm that caused Zika to spread like wildfire across the Americas

People | Human Health

Scotland’s natural health service

People | Human Health

Retiring power plants: a key climate mitigation strategy needed to reduce pollution-related mortality

People | Human Health

Innovative prediction models can help reduce the impact of dengue epidemics

People | Human Health

Microalgae meals: good for humans and the planet

People| Human Health

A walk in the park: how green spaces can help mental well-being and more

People | Human Health

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

People | Human Health

Car brakes and tyre dust: a hidden source of pollution

People | Human Health

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

People | Human Health

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

People | Human Health

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

People | Human Health

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

People | Human Health

The environmental impacts of a sustainable food system

People | Human Health

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

People | Human Health

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

People | Human Health

The story of the San Luis Potosí mines is one of colonialism, extractivism and pollution

People | Communities, May 4th, 2022

The mines in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, were born out of Spanish colonialism, then eventually abandoned until the 1990s, when a Canadian mining company took over the site. Their presence, however, was controversial and opened a dispute into who truly owns the land. More importantly, the company has left long-lasting effects on the people and the surrounding biodiversity.

Ecuador's oil spill on the banks of the Coca river: who is responsible?

People | Communities, April 5th, 2022

Ecuador is facing yet another environmental disaster. On January 28th 2022, an OCP pipeline ruptured, releasing an undisclosed volume of oil into the Coca River and the Amazon rainforest. After a number of disasters, it is no wonder that this area has been dubbed the ‘Chernobyl of the Amazon’.

Monsanto’s history of lawsuits: implications for farmers and biotech companies

People | Communities, February 8th, 2022

Monsanto has long targeted individual farmers and small companies for lawsuits concerning the misuse of its patented seeds. Although detrimental to farmer’s freedom of choice and finances regarding disputes with the GM giant, strict seed patents are also important for safeguarding the global biotechnology market and food security.

How the Shawi communities of the Peruvian Amazon are adapting to climate change

People | Communities, December 2nd, 2021

Climate change is taking its toll on the Peruvian Amazon and the Shawi communities living in the Loreto Region of Peru. A study by the Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change (IHACC) project has discovered to what extent climate change has impacted the water systems of these communities, particularly looking at water quality and availability. In short, there is much work to be done to help these communities become more resilient to increasing rainfall, flooding and deforestation in the area.

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 21st, 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, the lands and its people 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.

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