Video: Who should get a COVID-19 vaccine first?

A bioethicist explains a recent report that recommends how to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine equitably.

Nicole Hassoun, Professor of Philosophy, Binghamton University, State University of New York • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~8 min

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Coping with Western wildfires: 5 essential reads

How climate change and other human actions have combined to create conditions for explosive wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington state.

Jennifer Weeks, Environment + Energy Editor, The Conversation • conversation
Sept. 10, 2020 ~6 min

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Dangerous bacteria is showing up in school water systems, reminding all buildings reopening amid COVID-19 to check the pipes

When water stagnates in pipes, harmful metals and bacteria can accumulate and make people sick. Buildings that were shut down for weeks during the pandemic may be at risk.

Andrew J. Whelton, Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental & Ecological Engineering, Purdue University • conversation
Sept. 8, 2020 ~8 min

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Several schools find harmful bacteria in water systems, reminding all reopening buildings to check the pipes

When water stagnates in pipes, harmful metals and bacteria can accumulate and make people sick. Buildings that were shut down for weeks during the pandemic may be at risk.

Andrew J. Whelton, Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental & Ecological Engineering, Purdue University • conversation
Sept. 8, 2020 ~8 min

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Malaria: new map shows which areas will be at risk because of global warming

We modelled surface water across Africa to show which parts of the continent are climatically-suitable for malaria – and how this will change.

Chris Thomas, Global Professor in Water & Planetary Health, University of Lincoln • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: public-health climate-change malaria malaria-control malaria-in-africa hydrological-cycle

Heatwaves are an invisible killer – and the UK is woefully unprepared

Extreme heat could kill 5,000 people each year in the UK by the 2050s.

Chloe Brimicombe, PhD Candidate in Climate Change and Health, University of Reading • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~6 min

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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.

Jay Shimshack, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics, University of Virginia • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~9 min

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Coronavirus shows how to get people to act on climate change – here’s the psychology

To fight climate change, we need to take people's cognitive biases into account.

Laura McGuire, Research Fellow in Education, Edge Hill University • conversation
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

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Yes, kids can get COVID-19 – 3 pediatricians explain what's known about coronavirus and children

Research shows that children can become infected with the coronavirus and spread it to others. Though rare, some kids do become severely ill and a few have died from COVID-19.

Shipra Gupta, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Infectious Disease, West Virginia University • conversation
July 28, 2020 ~8 min

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Green prescriptions: should your doctor send you for a walk in the park?

Here's how to make sure nature-based prescriptions are actually effective.

Jake M. Robinson, PhD Researcher, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield • conversation
July 24, 2020 ~6 min

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