As environmental change increasingly puts global health at risk, The Lancet is marking Earth Day by asking clinicians to put their commitment to planetary health in writing, and use their voices to galvanize individual and collective action.

Students and professors at the University of Alabama are assessing the scope of “straight pipe” sewer systems across 17 counties in Alabama’s Black Belt. The rural region has dense, black soil that restricts water flow, and many homes that are far from municipal sewer…

From 1949-1963, some 1.5 million people were exposed to fallout from above-ground nuclear testing at the Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan. Among the tests was a nuclear weapon detonation 25X stronger than the bomb dropped at Hiroshima. High winds on the Kazakh steppe…

The new World Meteorological Organization’s State of the Climate report warns that we’re running out of time: 

The health consequences of Agent Orange—the chemical herbicide deployed during the Vietnam war to devastating effect—stretched beyond troops and civilians in Vietnam. Vietnam vets have been compensated for the effects of exposure. But for the workers at the Eglin Air Force…

Unsafe water took more children’s lives than war in 13 of 16 war-torn countries studied in a new UNICEF report marking World Water Day today.  

Cyclone Idai could be the worst disaster the southern hemisphere has ever seen.

Relentless exploitation of natural resources—which already accounts for 90% of the world’s biodiversity loss—remains a dangerous upward trajectory, according to a new UN report. "Frankly, there will be no tomorrow for many people unless we stop," warned UN environment…

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?  

In the world’s coldest capital, the effort to stay warm also helps make it the most polluted. In Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s fast-industrializing capital, temperatures can hit -40 degrees (C and F) in the winter. Toxic particles from unrefined coal, used for heat, fills the…