There’s 2 sides of the coin when it comes to air pollution and COVID-19.   One the one hand, long-term lung damage from intense air pollution may worsen the disease, The Guardian reports.  

LIMÓN—It’s a humid 95 degrees Fahrenheit and the sunlight peeks through the leaves of a thousand identical trees. Men maneuver through the dense rows, carrying enormous yellow fruits on their backs; on their hips, finely-sharpened machetes. Drenched in sweat, they…

After resisting the "P-word" for weeks even as the novel coronavirus spread to dozens of countries, WHO has officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus argued that it means countries must double-down—not give up. “The idea that…

A sweeping UN climate report released yesterday offers a familiar dire forecast for the planet.   But this report addresses a brand new factor—COVID-19—and UN chief António Guterres warned that the outbreak must not distract from the climate change fight. "Both must be…

COVID-19 kept up its global assault over the weekend, driving Italy to lock down its northern region, bringing the first deaths to the US’s East Coast, and leaving more cruise ships in limbo, NPR reports.

The effects of climate change are fueling violence against women and girls, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Deutsche Welle 

“Eco-anxiety” or “climate depression” are real threats to children’s mental health. 57% of American teens report being scared by climate change and 52% report anger, according to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll released last fall. 

South Sudan buried years of reports detailing the dire health problems that coincide with the oil operations that prop up the young nation’s economy.   Birth deformities have spiraled since oil production began. People die of “unknown diseases”; babies are born with six…

Eastern Africa is dreading the hatching of a new generation of locusts that stands to be 500% larger than the swarms that swept the region earlier this year.   Tens of millions of people in the region already face extreme hunger—and the swarms wreak havoc on crops,…

A week after Pittsburgh declared racism a public health crisis, a blanket of particulate matter clouded the skies over Steel City. Relentless pollution saw the city’s air “deemed unsafe to breathe” for 3 months last year, and is one of many public health woes that…