Why We Need Collaboration and a New Mindset to Prevent the Next Big Disaster

Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston in what is being called the worst storm in US history, and Hurricane Irma battered the Caribbean and Florida immediately after. More than 1,200 people died in India and Bangladesh during the heaviest monsoon rainfall in more than 15 years. Hundreds more were killed when a mudslide caused by heavy rains […]

Connecting Climate Change and Health for Better Development

Climate change is already having real, measurable impacts on human health, and those impacts are expected to grow. Low- and middle-income countries are seeing the worst effects as they are most vulnerable to climate shifts and least able to adapt given weak health systems and poor infrastructure. The good news is that the cumulative impacts […]

Why President Trump’s Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement May Actually Help the Planet

As embarrassing as it is to witness the United States pulling out of the Paris agreement on climate change, this move has instigated a much-needed boost for those of us who want to make our planet great again. Overnight, it has become a rallying cry, drawing together nations and people from all walks of life […]

Turning Hardship to Strength – the Promise of Planetary Health

I have to be honest, working in global health and development can be depressing. Thinking of the magnitude of the global problems we face, combined with Western world shifts towards nationalism and populism, I can barely see a light at the end of the tunnel. When these moments of doubt hit, I remind myself that […]

Offline: Planetary health—the great acceleration

“Eviscerate it!” Laurie Garrett was at her most pugnacious. She was speaking last week at the New York headquarters of the Rockefeller Foundation. Her subject was Planetary Health 2.0 and her target was the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), specifically its work on health. Yes, humans are of course sensitive to weather. Yes, existing […]

One Health and the Evolving Discipline of Planetary Health

Human health and the state of our environment are inter-connected: the relationship is set out in the concepts of One Health and Planetary Health. WHO helps health professionals tackle such complex issues. In these notes I reflect on links between people’s health and the planet. I describe two different kinds of threat to health. First: […]

Solving the Climate Crisis, One Hospital at a Time

With early optimism surrounding the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change now fading into anxiety over potential changes to U.S. environmental policy under a Trump administration, many are looking for new leaders in the fight against global warming. Hospitals should step into the breach. Doing so could both slow climate change and improve healthcare systems […]

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