Human & Ecological Health Stories
Scientists continue to uncover surprising connections between our own health and that of the environment around us. The Anthropocene provides rigorous reporting on cutting-edge research—for example, how urban biodiversity can cut down on the prevalence of allergies and how industrial pollution may contribute to antibiotic resistance.
Pandemic might get people to drop wild meat from the menu
A survey of thousands in Asian countries found people with a high awareness of Covid-19 were more likely to cut back on consuming wild meat. A conservation group wants to harness this to put a dent in the wildlife trade.
A vicious cycle of cows, disease, and climate change
Livestock welfare will be key in helping us reign in emissions
Study ties amphibian collapses with increased malaria outbreaks
If you remove frogs and other "mosquito-reducers" from the landscape, what happens to malaria rates?
A novel genetic analysis connects melting glaciers with viral spillover
As climate change and pandemics reshape the world we live in, say the researchers, we need to understand how the two processes interact.
Climate cardiology could change the daily practice of medicine and mitigation
Recommendations to improve cardiovascular health and lessen climate change are remarkably similar
A memo from the year 2050
Here's how we avoided the worst of zoonotic diseases
When health care becomes a climate solution
A new analysis reveals how a rural clinic helped save more than 27 square kilometers of tropical Indonesian forest—equating to more than $65 million worth of avoided carbon emissions
Letting Biodiversity Get Under Our Skin
Some aspects of dirty living can be healthy. A new study posits that the decline of plant and animal diversity in cities may be linked to the recent surge of allergies and other chronic inflammatory diseases.
Farmers wiped out habitat to reduce disease from wildlife. For birds, their efforts backfired.
New study finds that birds caught on California farms with nearby wildlands had less problem bacteria than those at more manicured farms.
Clean air policies are for the birds
According to a new estimate, reducing ozone pollution has saved 1.5 billion birds over the past 40 years.