Designing new health care facilities finds its exemplar in an old tuberculosis hospital. Without a cure for TB, doctors prescribed bed rest, clean air, and sunshine. So, the 87-year-old Paimio Sanatorium in Finland was designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto to be “an instrument…

Air pollution is now as deadly as tobacco, according to the Lancet Countdown Report detailing concerning connections between climate change and health, Deutsche Welle reports.

International efforts to banish trade in mercury—used in gold mining—have spurred a multi-billion dollar black market in Indonesia that has spread exposure far and wide. And officials may be in on it, writes Richard C. Paddock. There is no safe level of mercury in humans.…

California’s fast-moving wildfires are sending plumes of smoke and particulates over urban areas, triggering air quality alerts and other public health warnings, Vox reports.   Millions of people in Los Angeles and the Bay Area risk breathing difficulties because of the…

Parents—and doctors—blame the massive Ilva steel plant for the area’s high number of cancer cases, calling it a “cancer factory” and pushing for its closure.   The factory has spewed toxic red dust around Taranto, Italy for 6 decades—flouting environmental standards.    

Life at 5100 meters comes with a host of challenges, but in Peru's La Rinconada, it's the thin air—just half the oxygen as at sea level—that interests scientists.  The world’s highest human settlement, La Rinconada is the global capital of chronic mountain sickness, a…

President Trump heartily defended his environmental record yesterday in a sweeping address, baffling critics who noted his rollback of dozens of policies geared toward environmental and human health.   The speech comes amid reports that US air quality is getting worse while…

The polar caps are warming 2X faster than middle latitudes. Remote villages like Quinhagak in southwestern Alaska are in crisis and may be “canaries in the collective coal mine” for the globe. Quinhagak loses land yearly to erosion, storm surge and tundra thaw. Livelihoods…

Despite the now-boundless reach of his famous TV programs, more people than ever are out of touch with the natural world, the iconic naturalist David Attenborough warned at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, BBC reported.

Warning that the world is failing to protect people from climate-fueled disasters, a coalition of global leaders launched an effort yesterday to jump-start adaption efforts, the Guardian reported.