Imagine if there was a pill you could take that would extend your healthy, active life span by 10 years, with the side effects of reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Would you take it?
The editors of over 200 medical journals have published a joint statement where they have called upon global leaders to take action on the climate emergency and protect public health.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has increased attention on links between public health and the planet's health—areas traditionally addressed in separate science and policy circles. Now, an international research collaboration conducted the first comprehensive review of urban climate change responses and p ...
The COVID-19 pandemic put a lot of attention on the role of parks and green spaces —particularly in large cities. But, not all of this attention has been positive.
The spread of fires in a Brazilian state that’s still mostly swathed in Amazon rainforest is raising alarms about risks to public health, compounding what’s already one of the worst burdens of COVID-19 infections and deaths in the world..
Imagine for a moment that you had microscopic vision. You would see an entirely different world within the world we currently perceive: a diverse, bustling metropolis full of activity.
This week marked an importance observance which went overlooked by large swathes of the media, including this publication. World Zoonoses Day took place on July 6th, coinciding with the anniversary of the first rabies vaccine administered by French biologist Dr Louis Pasteur in 1885.
Great uncertainty surrounds the origins of SARS-CoV-2. Early on, some suggested a link between COVID-19 and a seafood market in Wuhan, China. Other theories are now circulating, though the origins of the virus are still unknown.
The eruption of Mount Nyiragongo, an active volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), led to the deaths of at least 30 people. There could however be longer term health implications for residents of the area.
According to a study, the people in the Peruvian Amazon could suffer major nutritional shortages if ongoing losses in fish biodiversity continue
From Ebola in Africa to malaria in Brazil to tick-borne illnesses in the US, there is a common thread linking outbreaks of vector-borne and zoonotic diseases: fluctuating forest cover, according to a recent study.
Medics concerned about the effects on public health of environmental degradation marched on the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva on Saturday (March 29), demanding health authorities make climate change and biodiversity loss their top priorities.
The human effects on nature and biodiversity become irrefutable and, more importantly, irreversible day by day as nations continue down the route of inaction. This brings up the possibility of serious peril not only to the world's economies but also to the health of human beings, according to an ...
Urbanization, land use, global trade and industrialization have led to profound and negative impacts on nature, biodiversity and ecosystems across the world.
An interdisciplinary European collaboration called the Seas Oceans and Public Health in Europe (SOPHIE) Project has put forward a global plan to save the oceans for the sake of human health.
ON YOUR NEXT VISIT TO THE PARK, try and count all the different species you can see. Away from the closely mown grass, you might spot wildflowers attended by pollinating insects, like bees, wasps, and hoverflies. Overhead there are the gnarled branches of mature trees, some of which will have li ...
To improve ecosystem management in Borneo, look at the population trends of key bird species on the island, researchers say.
Nearly half of fecal samples from wild chimpanzees contain bacteria that is resistant to a major class of antibiotics people commonly use in the vicinity of Gombe National Park in Tanzania, according to new research
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To improve our own health and the health of our planet, dietary habits will need to change. Because the composition of an optimal diet changes depending on the combination of location, season, and personalized dietary needs, investigators have built a tool that uses an extensive database of food ...
Wasps deserve to be just as highly valued as other insects, like bees, due to their roles as predators, pollinators, and more, according to a new review paper led by UCL and University of East Anglia researchers.
Data has confirmed what many suspected: nature and green spaces have been a big comfort during lockdown. More than 40% of people say nature, wildlife and visiting local green spaces have been even more important to their wellbeing since the coronavirus restrictions began.
The destruction of other species’ natural habitats could see the next COVID-like infectious disease span the globe. his is one of the reasons why we signed the Terra Carta – HRH The Prince of Wales’s biodiversity plan to harness “the irreplaceable power of nature”.
Insects are a nutrition-dense source of protein embraced by much of the world. Why are some of us so squeamish about eating them?
Wildfires described as ‘the worst in a decade’ have engulfed Himalayan mountain states in a thick haze and killed at least eight people in the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Seven were killed neighbouring Nepal, where wildfires raged across several districts and forced a four ...
For years, some scientists have argued that despite its benefits, biodiversity poses a major risk to human health, because the sheer variety of species in biodiverse landscapes creates greater opportunities for new pathogens to develop.
Celebrated each year on April 7, the theme of the World Health Day this year is building a fairer, healthier world for everyone while recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the COVID-19 lockdowns, more of us are noticing the variety of animals, trees, and flowers in our back gardens or local park - and how being in contact with nature can influence our happiness.
The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) joins the global community in celebrating World Health Day today. The theme “Building a fairer, healthier world” is a fitting reminder that health is the foundation of economic recovery and prosperity, and achieving this would require appropriate investmen ...
With COVID-19 vaccines becoming more available, we can breathe a small sigh of relief -- through our masks! But we can't get complacent. This pandemic isn't over. And if we're not careful, others could be on the horizon.
A growing body of evidence suggests that biodiversity loss increases our exposure to both new and established zoonotic pathogens. Restoring and protecting nature is essential to preventing future pandemics.
Leading experts engaged in the science-policy interface of public health, biodiversity, and climate change will collaborate in an innovative initiative led by the WHO and IUCN to help guide decision makers toward a healthier, greener and more sustainable future as they navigate the challenges of ...
As we surpass the first anniversary of COVID-19 and the impacts of extended lockdowns, the need for systemic change has become more apparent than ever. This necessary shift must not be overlooked in the agrifood sector; our global food systems require a radical reworking more than ever before, f ...
The higher the number of plant and bird species in a region, the healthier the people who live there. This was found by a new study published in Landscape and Urban Planning and led by the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Resear ...
In its official report on SARS-CoV-2’s origins the World Health Organization (WHO) pointed to the potential disease risks of contact between wildlife and people, showing the life-threatening risk of natural ecosystem destruction, which is breaking down the buffer zone scientists say protects us ...
The natural environment is one of the key determinants concerning mental health. In past years, research has increasingly highlighted the interplay between both. Given the overwhelming evidence of nature’s positive impact on mental wellbeing, tackling environmental degradation can offer win-win ...
Governments must fill a major gap in post-Covid recovery plans with action on the root cause of pandemics – the destruction of nature – a new coalition of health and environment groups has warned.
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"Making peace with nature is the defining task of the coming decades," writes António Guterres, UN secretary general, in his introduction to a landmark UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report, "Making Peace With Nature," released February 18.
Australia is home to the 11 most venomous snakes in the world, the deadliest spider in the world, and some of the most venomous marine life. And yet according to a study released on Wednesday, Australians are twice as likely end up in hospital because of a bee or wasp sting than an encounter wit ...
In the wake of the pandemic, the world has much for which to thank Europe. Not only did European science lead the field in developing the first approved vaccine against COVID-19, but the EU’s long history of rigorous regulatory approval has also allowed for public confidence in its safety and ef ...
Zoonotic diseases or zoonoses are animal infections that people can catch. Viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi transmitted by animals to other animals like pets, and people, can produce mild to serious illnesses. Scientists estimate that about two-thirds of known infectious diseases and thre ...
From Planet Earth to Springwatch and beyond, programmes about animals in the natural world can soothe the nervous system and raise the spirits
The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us how vulnerable we are to deadly infectious diseases. How we got here has been decades in the making, with plenty of warning signs along the way, from SARS to MERS to Ebola to Zika.
WITH 346 bat species, three species of pangolins, and over 2,000 migratory avian species, Southeast Asia could be a hot spot for the next pandemic, the Director of the Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) warned.
On World Health Day in 2008, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that “protecting human health is the ‘bottom line’ of climate change strategies”.