Health Archives - State of the Planet

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Traditional Cookstoves: Fueling a Health and Climate Crisis?

Switching to cleaner cookstoves can save lives, cut carbon emissions, and promote gender equality. At COP27, world leaders should take steps to ensure universal clean cooking access by 2030.

by Benjamin Ritter and Kevin Karl |November 14, 2022

Aging Populations, Low Economic Development May Amplify Future Air Pollution Health Impacts

Even if pollution goes down and climate change is slowed, deaths from air pollution in some regions may still rise.

by |October 24, 2022
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Why We Need to Ban Gas in New York State Buildings

Banning gas connections in new buildings would have significant health benefits, in addition to helping to curb climate emissions.

by Thomas Turnbull |September 30, 2022
New York City Gridlock

Data Dive: NYC Traffic Trends, Street Safety and Public Health

Professor Peter Muennig discusses the state of New York City’s streets, and what could be done to make them safer.

by |September 27, 2022
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Safaa Suliman Sees Dental Care as an Integral Part of Public Health

An epidemiology student and pediatric dentist who works with marginalized communities, Suliman wants policymakers to understand the importance of oral health and prioritize it.

by |July 27, 2022
A smoggy sunset in Delhi, India.

Unraveling the Interconnections Between Air Pollutants and Climate Change

Getting rid of some air pollutants might aggravate global warming. Here’s how.

by |July 22, 2022

Air Pollution and Climate Change Take a Growing Toll on Children’s Health

A new paper cites dozens of studies on how fossil fuel combustion harms kids’ physical and mental health.

by |June 23, 2022
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How Can We Make Heat Waves Less Deadly?

Though often underestimated, extreme heat is the leading weather-related killer in the U.S.

by |June 14, 2022

Community-Led Science Uncovers High Air Pollution From Fracking in Ohio County

In a collaboration that included Columbia researchers, Belmont County residents set up a low-cost sensor network that is helping them fight for clean air.

by |May 25, 2022

Historically Redlined Neighborhoods Are Burdened by Excess Oil and Gas Wells

A new study adds to the evidence that structural racism in federal policy is linked to the disproportionate siting of oil and gas wells in marginalized neighborhoods.

by |April 27, 2022