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Why can’t we live healthier lives to save ourselves and the planet?

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?

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Act responsibly on climate emergency to protect public health, editors urge leaders

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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Climate change adaptation brings health co-benefits

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 ...

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Parks are about promoting everyone's public health, not just boosting homeowners' property value

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.

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In Brazil’s Acre, smoke from fires threatens health, could worsen COVID-19

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..

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Why spending more time in nature could reduce ‘germaphobia’

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.

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Zoonoses: Preserving biodiversity is the key

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.

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A Better Understanding of "Wet Markets" is Key to Safeguarding Human Health, Biodiversity (IMAGE)

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.

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Health effects of the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo will be felt for a long time

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.

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Declining biodiversity in wild Amazon fisheries threatens human diet: Study

According to a study, the people in the Peruvian Amazon could suffer major nutritional shortages if ongoing losses in fish biodiversity continue

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Oil palm plantations a ‘threat to global health,’ reports study on outbreaks

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.

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Medics march to WHO headquarters in climate campaign

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.

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Loss of biodiversity, nature threaten human health, WWF says

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 ...

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Nature and biodiversity play a vital role in protecting human health

Urbanization, land use, global trade and industrialization have led to profound and negative impacts on nature, biodiversity and ecosystems across the world.

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Scientists propose global plan to save oceans for human health

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.

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Trees are good for human health in one strange,unexpected way

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 ...

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To keep tabs on ecosystem health in Borneo, follow these birds: Study

To improve ecosystem management in Borneo, look at the population trends of key bird species on the island, researchers say.

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria is spreading from people to chimpanzees

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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New tool offers personalized, low environmental impact, healthy diet specific to country and season

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 ...

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'Like bees, wasps 'valuable' for ecosystems, human health

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.

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Nature 'more important than ever during lockdown'

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.

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Could A Lack Of Respect For Mother Nature Cause The Next Pandemic?

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”.

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Why insects are a protein-rich 'superfood'

Insects are a nutrition-dense source of protein embraced by much of the world. Why are some of us so squeamish about eating them?

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Fires ravage forests in Himalayas, threatening health and biodiversity

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 ...

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How Biodiversity Can Prevent Pandemics

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.

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Celebrating Global Unity for a COVID-19 Recovery on World Health Day with Art Shows

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.

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Saving biodiversity: why our mental and physical health depends on it

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.

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World Health Day: Investing in nature is investing in people’s health

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 ...

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Protecting the planet can prevent pandemics

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.

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A diversity of wildlife is good for our health

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.

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New WHO-IUCN Expert Working Group on Biodiversity, Climate, One Health and Nature-based Solutions

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 ...

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Can low meat consumption be the key to a thriving — and circular — food system?

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 ...

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Biodiversity is positively related to mental health

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 ...

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WHO Covid-19 report shows clear link between biodiversity loss and zoonotic disease – Greenpeace reaction

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 ...

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Environment: A natural remedy for mental ill-health

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 ...

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Inaction leaves world playing ‘Russian roulette’ with pandemics, say experts

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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Peer review of draft documents for the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 24)

Reference: SCBD/SSSF/AS/LS/VA/88724 (2021-015)
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UN report shows how we can safeguard the health of the planet

"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.

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Bee sting twice as likely to land Australians in hospital than encounter with venomous wildlife

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 ...

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How Brussels can help or hinder the fight against malaria

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 ...

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Zoonoses and Climate Change: Is One Health Enough?

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 ...

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Creature comfort: why TV nature shows are good for mental health

From Planet Earth to Springwatch and beyond, programmes about animals in the natural world can soothe the nervous system and raise the spirits

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A GDP for nature: How measuring the health of the natural world might prevent the next pandemic

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.

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Asean could be hot spot for next pandemic–ACB head

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.

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Health benefits of Paris climate goals could save millions of lives by 2040

On World Health Day in 2008, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that “protecting human health is the ‘bottom line’ of climate change strategies”.

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