Study offers clues to how climate affected 1918 pandemic

A new study of ice-core data shows that an unusual, six-year period of cold temperatures and heavy rainfall coincided with European deaths during the 1918 Spanish flu.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Oct. 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology history environments-sustainability alvin-powell michael-mccormick spanish-flu rainfall world-war-i alexander-more initiative-for-the-science-of-the-human-past long-island-university nottingham-university paul-mayewski university-of-maine

Max Planck-Harvard genome study shows extent, diversity of Roman plague

New research from an interdisciplinary team of researchers shows an early plague pandemic reached post-Roman Britain and had unexpected genetic diversity.

Alvin Powell • harvard
July 12, 2019 ~11 min

Tags:  science-technology  alvin-powell  michael-mccormick  bubonic-plague  eastern-roman-empire  harvard-initiative-for-the-science-of-the-human-past  justinianic-plague  max-planck-harvard-research-center-for-the-archaeoscience-of-the-ancient-mediterranean  max-planck-institute-for-the-science-of-human-history  plague  roman-empire  yersinia-pestis

Harvard conference focuses on the ongoing tragedy of lead in life

The water crisis in Flint, Mich., has been a recent focal point, but the issue of lead pollution is both global and pervasive. Harvard conference focuses on the ongoing tragedy of lead in our lives.

Clea Simon • harvard
Nov. 20, 2018 ~6 min

Tags:  lead  health-medicine  flint  michael-mccormick  philip-landrigan

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