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.
Nanosilver may cut down on odor, but does it make clothing “green”?
Less frequent laundering may not offset the additional environmental impacts of using antimicrobial silver nanoparticles in textiles.
Study ties amphibian collapses with increased malaria outbreaks
If you remove frogs and other "mosquito-reducers" from the landscape, what happens to malaria rates?
Want to jumpstart habitat restoration? Try a soil transplant.
Work to restore ecosystems have long struggled. Now scientists say and injection of natural soil - and all the microbes and plants mixed in - could help.
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.
A memo from the year 2050
Here's how we avoided the worst of zoonotic diseases
What will it take to shrink the carbon footprint of health care?
A small but growing group of researchers and physicians working to quantify the environmental impact of healthcare—and to reduce that impact without compromising patient care.
Not all plant-based diets are equal . . . for health or the environment
A huge new study spanning 30 years, drilled down into the nuanced relationship between food, health, and environment and found some surprising results.
A rural health clinic saves a rainforest . . . and 45 other win-wins for nature and human health
Scientists searched for projects that simultaneously benefit nature and human health. They wound up with a Yelp-like rating system for 46 strategies.
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
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.