A Mexican community of just 5,000 people has the highest rate of kidney disease in the world—and young people bear the brunt, not their parents and grandparents.   The scourge in San Pedro Itzicán has been linked to rising contamination around Laka Chapala—a key water…

Australia’s devastating bushfires have prompted historic mass evacuations as officials anticipate more uncontrollable blazes and temperatures soaring past 40 degrees C (104F), The 

Sydney was cloaked in an “apocalyptic” haze yesterday as bushfire smoke overtook the city amid weeks of wildfires in the region. One nearby “megafire” is as big as the city itself, VICE News reports.  

Happy World Toilet Day! Since 2013, WTD has highlighted the SDG aimed at securing access to adequate sanitation and banishing open defecation by 2030. The returns are high. One analysis calculated a 6:1 cost-benefit ratio of investing in ending open defecation. This year,…

In 2017, 3,483 civilians were killed in the Afghan war. That same year, pollution was responsible for some 26,000 deaths.  Ancient cars and unchecked development pump toxins into the air. But nearly 75% of the deaths are attributable to household pollution.…

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians could be drinking water laced with lead, according to a sweeping investigation led by Concordia University’s journalism school.  

Heaps of garbage piled up in war-torn Taez, Yemen are more than an eyesore for the once-beautiful city of 600,000+ people.   They’re also a breeding ground for mosquitoes and a source of cholera, which killed 304 people in Taez in the last 2+ years, according to the WHO.  …

he US EPA dismissed its panel tasked with setting air pollution standards last year—but the scientists assembled anyway, the Union of Concerned Scientists reports.  

By 2100, Nigeria’s population is expected to reach 794 million. In a startling keynote address at yesterday’s Triangle Global Health Conference in Durham, North Carolina, Dennis Carroll invited the audience to ponder six megatrends for the future of global health. 

The town of Reserve, Louisiana has 50X higher cancer risk than the US national average. No household is untouched by the disease, and this Guardian series—Cancer Town—tracks residents’ quest for clean air in “Cancer Alley,” which sits between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.  …