One Cool Thing: New Office of Climate Change and Health Equity

One Cool Thing: New Office of Climate Change and Health Equity

The COVID-19 pandemic proved that climate change and public health are deeply intertwined. Recent studies have found that wildfire smoke increases positive Coronavirus cases, and infectious disease experts say that as deforestation increases, zoonotic spillover will too. To face these threats, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the creation of a […]

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Australian Mouse Plague Sparks Debate Around Toxic Substances

Australian Mouse Plague Sparks Debate Around Toxic Substances

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In Australia, after years of drought, wildfires, a period of heavy rains have brought back some plant life and millions of mice. As a result, the country’s southern and eastern agricultural regions are now overrun with mice in their crops, barns, and homes. The ongoing infestation even prompted the evacuation of a prison in […]

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This Quote: Fauci on COVID — Lab Leak or Zoonosis?

This Quote: Fauci on COVID — Lab Leak or Zoonosis?

Over the weekend, the New York Times’ Kara Swisher interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci for her popular podcast Sway.  She asked Fauci whether he thought the COVID virus originated in a Chinese lab and here is what he said: AF:  “…There is this so-called intelligence that three members of the human lab were ill, requiring hospitalization. […]

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New Bill Addresses Public Health Impacts of Climate Change, Prevents Future Pandemics

New Bill Addresses Public Health Impacts of Climate Change, Prevents Future Pandemics

On Monday, lawmakers introduced the Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act to help improve the nation’s response to health threats presented by climate change. Experts have reported that as climate change worsens and temperatures rise, viruses and pandemics like COVID-19 will become more common

Why This Matters: Rising deforestation and accelerating biodiversity loss are driving humans and animals closer together than ever before.

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Now Is the Time for the Best Preventative Medicine: Biodiversity

Now Is the Time for the Best Preventative Medicine: Biodiversity

By Azzedine Downes As we emerge from a year of lockdowns and begin to “build back better,” it is more important than ever to remember what we’ve learned. The pandemic has shown us the fragility of our economy and how reliant it is on our health. For without health, we potentially have nothing.  COVID 19 […]

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“Unsustainable Exploitation of the Environment” Will Lead to More COVIDs

“Unsustainable Exploitation of the Environment” Will Lead to More COVIDs

Yesterday leaders from 190 countries were supposed to have met in Kunming, China for final negotiations on a biodiversity treaty designed to address the world’s urgent extinction and biodiversity crises. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has made attendance of the UN Biodiversity Conference impossible. However, a panel of experts from the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and […]

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