20,000 global facilities produce a mere 1% of the world’s drinkable water at potentially significant environmental cost. But in areas where potable water sources are unsustainable for growing populations, what’s the breakdown of impact vs. urgency?  

Doctors in Zimbabwe are performing surgery with their bare hands and using rope in place of bandages as the country’s massively underfunded health system faces collapse. As elite politicians seek health care in neighboring South Africa, promises of affordable quality health…

Devastating floods in India’s Kerala state killed some 500 people, and in their wake, contaminated waters have left thousands at risk of “rat fever,” or leptospirosis. The infectious disease brings on high fever, severe muscle and abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. It is…

People still think of India’s Bhopal tragedy, when 40 tons of a toxic gas spewed from the Union Carbide factory, as one tragic night in December 1984, writes Apoorva Mandavilli—but the disaster is still unfolding.   The leak, Mandavilli writes, divided Bhopal’s residents…

The once-lauded chemicals behind Teflon and Scotchgard are far more dangerous than the US EPA and the Department of Defense have acknowledged, according to 2 new analyses. The agencies appear to have deliberately downplayed the public health threat posed by perfluoroalkyl…

About 885 million people are at risk for diseases like diarrhea and cholera from crops irrigated by untreated urban wastewater, according to a report in Environmental Research Letters.