Anthropocene Health

Smog and other types of pollution were linked to nine million deaths in 2015 by a new report

One in Six Global Deaths Linked to Pollution

A new report suggests that pollution led to the deaths of nine million people in 2015

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Yes, Sperm Counts Have Been Steadily Declining—But Don’t Freeze Your Sperm Yet

The study is a striking reminder of how much science has to learn about these little wrigglers

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Video: Why Should Humans Care About Preserving the Diversity of Life on Earth?

This animation explains that humans don't just impact the interconnected web of life—we depend on it

Simple, yet effective.

Why Public Health Researchers Are Looking to Urban Trees

A global study finds they can help cool cities and reduce air pollution—for less money than high-tech answers

A prototype gene gun developed by Dennis McCabe and Brian Martinell in 1986 delivered new genetic material into the cells of plants.

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How Roundup Ready Soybeans Rocked the Food Economy

This 1980s-era “gene gun” fired the shot heard around the world

Museum collections can help public health officials identify new diseases, learn their origins, and determine how to best stop them.

Museum Director Calls for Increased Funding for Scientific Collections to Save Lives

Infectious disease researchers should be using museum collections to fight newly discovered pathogens

A man walks by a botanica, a store stocking medicinal plants, in Chicago.

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Will Medicine Survive the Anthropocene?

Up to ten percent of major drugs contain plant-derived ingredients, but a warming world could put those—and other medicines—at risk

Container ships can now plug in while berthed at the Port of Los Angeles, which lets them use the electric grid to keep the lights on rather than burning fossil fuels.

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Is Zero-Emission Freight Possible? The Port of Los Angeles Thinks So

The ports in southern California are cleaning up their act, but what will it take to ship cargo with no emissions?

The view looking into the Shenandoah Valley can be hugely obscured by haze.

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Even in 'Pristine' National Parks, the Air's Not Clear

And cleaning it up might take centuries

A Kiwcha couple walk into the forest to cut timber in Coca, Ecuador.

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Did Deforestation Contribute to Zika's Spread?

Evidence is growing that deforestation causes disease outbreaks by changing animal carriers' behavior.

Some of the worst air pollution in the world--caused by many sources, including automobile exhaust--is found in New Delhi, India, according to the World Health Organization.

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Even in the Most Polluted Cities, You Can Exercise Outdoors (A Little)

A new model finds that the health benefits of outdoor exercise can outweigh the hazards of air pollution.

Marburg virus is one of the pathogens the WHO recently identified as most dangerous.

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These Are the World’s Most Dangerous Emerging Pathogens, According to WHO

You may not know their names, but health officials are concerned about the epidemic potential of these illnesses

Some of the wildlife in Botswana carry bacteria resistant to anti-malarial drugs typically used by tourists

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African Wildlife May Be Acquiring Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria From Nearby Humans

The finding points to ways that 'superbugs' might spread