Fine-particle air pollution has decreased across the US, but poor and minority communities are still the most polluted
A new study shows that while fine particle air pollution has declined nationwide over the past 40 years, the health and environmental benefits haven't been shared evenly.
July 30, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: public-health inequality air-pollution environmental-justice particulates us-environmental-protection-agency environmental-health us-environmental-policy monitoring
Random testing in Indiana shows COVID-19 is 6 times deadlier than flu, and 2.8% of the state has been infected
A team of researchers from Indiana University performed random testing for SARS-CoV-2 across the state. The results offer some of the most accurate data to date about important aspects of the virus.
July 21, 2020 • ~11 min
Tags: health epidemiology public-health coronavirus inequality pandemic statistics sars-cov-2 testing random-sampling antibody-testing indiana rt-pcr covi-19 death-rate
Ending the pandemic will take global access to COVID-19 treatment and vaccines – which means putting ethics before profits
The high cost of pharmaceuticals often means only the richest patients get lifesaving medicines. As coronavirus drugs emerge, it will require hard, creative work to ensure they're available to all.
July 16, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus global-health ethics inequality tuberculosis prescription-drug-prices remdesivir covid-19-vaccine religion-and-society bioethics access-to-medicines drug-prices essential-medicines polio-vaccination ethical-dilemma
We need to move towards 'sufficiency-oriented' lifestyles.
June 24, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: sustainability climate-change inequality
Cambridge researchers find major health inequalities – as well as a geographic divide – between the most and least deprived English towns. They say that life
Tags: spotlight-on-public-health mental-health public-policy inequality england
Millions of the world’s poorest children are leaving school without mastering even basic levels of reading or maths because of an overlooked pattern of widespread, wealth-based inequalities in their countries’ education systems, new research suggests.
Tags: education africa international-development inequality
Most consumers in South Africa aren't able to fill up a trolley of groceries for their daily needs, let alone join the panic buying induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 22, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: retail covid-19 inequality consumer-behaviour informal-sector panic-buying
A new survey shows that people with advanced degrees make more money starting out on the same jobs as those with just bachelor's degrees. But there's more to the story, two sociologists note.
Tags: inequality graduate-school student-loans us-higher-education graduate-salaries student-loan-debt higher-ed-attainment
While the Great Depression reduced inequality and closed the racial wealth gap, the Great Recession of 2009 did the opposite.
Tags: finance inequality economy money united-states race wall-street great-depression recession great-recession wealth-gap racial-wealth-gap
The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing people to study and work online. It's also sparked a need for news and information. That's a challenge for the 24 million Americans who lack broadband internet access.
March 18, 2020 • ~3 min
Tags: poverty covid-19 coronavirus inequality internet pandemic social-distancing telecommuting social-distancing-and-coronavirus broadband online-education digital-divide socioeconomics fcc
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