Health Archives - State of the Planet

Indigenous South Americans Far More Likely to Die From Wildfire Smoke, Study Says

Smoke from wildfires is a health threat to everyone, but Indigenous people in South America are especially vulnerable due to a number of factors.

by |May 4, 2023

The Truth About Gas Stoves

Concerns have arisen gas stoves and their impacts on indoor air pollution and children’s health. What does the science show, and why are we only hearing about this now?

by |April 25, 2023
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My Experience as a Fellow With the New York City Panel on Climate Change

A Climate and Society alum and former fellow with the Health Working Group reflects on what she learned and how it opened the door to future career opportunities.

by Emily Torem |April 10, 2023

Christine Appah-Gyamfi Empowers Students to Lead on Environmental Justice Issues

In her class at the Columbia Climate School, this environmental justice lawyer provides tools and hands-on opportunities for her students to generate real-world impacts.

by |April 4, 2023

The False Trade-off Between Green Energy and Toxic Chemical Regulation

The long and tortuous effort to regulate toxic chemicals in America has now come up against an ironic obstacle: anti-environmental lobbying by the manufacturers of batteries and other renewable energy technologies that rely on toxic substances.

by |March 20, 2023
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Tick Tock: CDC Takes Its Time Treating Chronic Lyme Disease

A student’s long and painful journey toward diagnosis and treatment shows the urgent need for chronic Lyme disease awareness and funding.

by Grace Burns |March 10, 2023
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Opinion: Why Environmentalists Should Oppose ‘Cop City’ and Defend the Atlanta Forest

A Sustainability Management graduate student discusses questions of environmental injustice in Atlanta, Georgia, as one county prepares to turn a large greenspace into a police training facility.

by Aditi Desai |February 24, 2023

The Ohio Toxic Train Wreck and Government’s Failure of Regulation and Response

We need to improve the way we regulate the transport, use, and disposal of toxic substances.

by |February 20, 2023
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Why Ghana Relies Heavily on Used Cars

Used vehicles serve real needs across Africa, but they also contribute to its public health and environmental problems through crashes and pollution.

by Festival Godwin Boateng and Jacqueline Klopp |January 10, 2023

People Like to Breathe: The Importance of EPA’s New Air Particulate Proposal

In the United States, we need strong pollution control standards that are enforced carefully, precisely, and with a deep understanding of the pace of operational change that is feasible for a particular business or locality.

by |January 9, 2023