It’s not a surprise, but it’s worth calling out governments for failing to invest in water and sanitation systems. After all, 2.2 billion people lack “safely managed” water. The WHO makes an urgent call for funding in a new report released during a World Water Week…

Air pollution—already linked to an increased risk of lung cancer, stroke, heart disease, etc.—is now associated with a new risk: eye disease. China Medical University in Taiwan researchers linked air pollutants nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide to a higher risk of…

Mass produced generics have made first-line antibiotics like amoxicillin affordable to the world’s poor. In Kenya, easy access to antibiotics has led to drug resistance that means salmonella kills a third of kids severely sickened by the disease. Well known as a problem…

The global city-dwelling population is set to climb by 2.5 billion by 2050, with nearly 90% of the growth in lower-income nations in Africa and Asia. Now the challenge is making those cities healthy and habitable. Population growth is outpacing urban infrastructure,…

There are no schools, jobs, or hospitals in Mahul, a former fishing village east of Mumbai. Sewage flows into the streets.  

The European colonists’ fear of diseases like malaria left a lasting imprint on the design of African cities, such as the ‘Plateau’ districts of Brazzaville, Dakar and Abidjan.

Rapid urbanization in Africa—without economic growth to match—funnels people into slums that trap them in poverty, reports Obi Anyadike. The urban poor across the continent, collected in cities set to grow from around 400 million to more than 1.26 billion in the next 2…

Urban leaders and innovators from across the US convened in Baltimore yesterday to talk about cities—what works, what doesn’t and what’s next—for CityLab Baltimore, the latest in a series of global gatherings in cities across the world to explore the challenges and…

BALTIMORE, MD—Kicking off the Light City festival of art, music and innovation this week, Health Lab revealed the outsize role technology is poised to play in health—and the work ahead to expand access.   The day-long speaker series, produced by Baltimore Office of…

Living in urban areas can seriously affect your physical and mental health, warns science writer Florence Williams. To prove her point, she walked and drove around Washington, DC, wearing an aethalometer to measure air pollution. She found high levels of black carbon, which…