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Chocolate chickens in a cage, Morocco.

Guest post: Intensive, lower-carbon animal farming could raise pandemic risks

Agriculture has a huge impact on the environment. Food production takes up more than one-third of Earth’s land, is responsible for one-third of hum... Read More

Guest posts | Nov 30. 2022.
Flooding at the Bagmati river in India, a branch of the Ganges, due to heavy monsoon rains and melting of Himalaya glaciers.

Climate change will make it harder for world’s poorest to migrate, study says

Climate change will make it harder for the world’s poorest people to migrate – leaving them “extremely vulnerable” to continued impacts and i... Read More

People | Jul 25. 2022.
Mass of straw-coloured fruit bat Eidolon helvum in flight, Zambia

Climate change ‘already’ raising risk of virus spread between mammals

Mammals forced to move to cooler climes amid global warming are “already” spreading their viruses further – with “undoubtable” impacts for ... Read More

Wildlife | Apr 28. 2022.
INTERNATIONAL BORDER: MEXICO - UNITED STATES (aerial view). Algodones Dunes in the Sonoran Desert, Baja California, Mexico (left of wall)

Global warming will make undocumented migration into US ‘increasingly dangerous’

The already perilous desert crossing from Mexico to the US will become more dangerous as the climate warms, new research says. The research, publi... Read More

People | Dec 16. 2021.
Queue of ambulances at the accident and emergency department at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, Hampshire

Guest post: Calculating the carbon footprint of the NHS in England

In 2017, the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change warned that the impact of climate change on human health is now so severe that it should b... Read More

Guest posts | Feb 18. 2021.
stall with fresh green vegetables on farmers market

Guest post: Health benefits of Paris climate goals could save millions of lives by 2040

On World Health Day in 2008, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that “protecting human health is the ‘bottom line’ of climate change ... Read More

Guest posts | Feb 17. 2021.

Climate change has ‘worsened’ North America’s pollen season

The pollen season in North America is starting earlier and lasting longer than it did four decades ago, a new study says. The research, published ... Read More

Public health | Feb 8. 2021.
Flying fox in Battambang, Cambodia

Scientists sceptical of new bat study linking climate change to Covid-19 emergence

A new study suggests that climate change is enabling the evolution of new coronaviruses by creating “hotspots” for multiple bat species.  ... Read More

Public health | Feb 5. 2021.

Climate change could have a ‘profound’ negative impact on child malnourishment

The negative impacts of climate change on child malnourishment could outweigh the positive effects of economic development in low- and middle-income ... Read More

Public health | Jan 14. 2021.
Students at english class. Madaba, Jordan. Credit: Thomas Imo / Alamy Stock Phot

Tackling gender inequality is ‘crucial’ for climate adaptation

Efforts to tackle gender inequality can play a key role in how countries adapt to the growing risks posed by climate change, a new study says. The... Read More

Risk and adaptation | Dec 15. 2020.
Women and children collect drinking water from a water logged area in Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 2017. Credit: Mehedi Hasan/Alamy Stock Photo.

Mapped: How climate change disproportionately affects women’s health

From supercharging extreme weather events to boosting the spread of infectious diseases, climate change is already having a huge impact on human heal... Read More

Features | Oct 29. 2020.
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