Climate change, migration, globalization and the future of pandemics

A new framework for pathogen evolution exposes a world much more vulnerable to disease outbreaks than we previously believed, but it also reveals new insights into how we might anticipate and mitigate the next one.

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How bacteria-eating bacteria could help win the war against germs

While microscopic and little known, predatory bacteria are among the world’s fiercest and most effective hunters.

Migratory freshwater fish decline 76 percent since 1970, new report finds

Around the world, migratory freshwater fish numbers are dropping faster than migratory species both on land and in the ocean, a new study finds.

Climate change is going to hit Palestine particularly hard

Global warming will exacerbate the Israel-Palestine conflict. But the conflict will also exacerbate the effects of global warming.

An Alaska beluga population continues to fall

Lack of research into the whales' diet and other factors impedes the recovery of this endangered population.


The grand old trees of the world are dying, leaving forests younger and shorter

The effects on wildlife and the ability of forests to store CO2 from fossil fuels could be enormous.

CDC rolled back PPE guidelines after lobbying by hospitals

The looser guidelines have created a wide disparity in the equipment available to health care workers across the country.

Greta Thunberg asks UN to back lawsuit against Germany and others

Greta Thunberg launched a formal complaint against five countries for backing fossil-fuels and endangering children. Minors face ''increased death and disease'' as a result of climate change, she and 15 others warned.

The Indigenous communities that predicted COVID-19

For hundreds of years, indigenous groups have warned that destroying the environment leads to disease and adversely affects lives and culture.


How a warming climate could affect the spread of diseases similar to COVID-19

Scientists have long known that the rise in average global temperatures is expanding the geographical presence of vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, because the animals that transmit them are adapting to more widespread areas.


'Wet markets' launched the coronavirus. Here's what you need to know.

Most of the earliest COVID-19 cases trace back to one of these sites, but what are they and what do they sell?

Betio is facing a population crisis, and a sea wall could be its only hope of survival

With finite land on Kiribati, the country's woes demonstrate the challenging nexus of climate change and overpopulation.


The deadly gauntlet Fraser salmon must fravel to come home

To threats from fishing, pollution, warming water and more, add a blockade of rock.

Brazil indigenous village banishes miners to cut coronavirus risk

Amazon community reaches an agreement with forest invaders to pause operations, protecting the health of both.


The Earth is telling us we must rethink our growth society

The current pandemic is an inevitable consequence of human populations everywhere expanding into the habitats of other species with which we have had little previous contact.

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Climate change will continue to widen gaps in food security, new study finds

Countries already struggling with low crop yields will be hurt most by a warming climate.

The chemical BPA is widespread on beaches around the world

"When we lie on the beach, we're not only lying on a bed of sand but a bed of plastics."

Why environmental justice needs to be on the docket in the presidential debates: Derrick Z. Jackson

If you want to talk about the inequality in our economy, COVID-19, race, and silent violence in our cities, you need to start with environmental injustice.

Our plastic planet

While climate change remains environmental issue #1, the worries over plastic in our water, soil, food, and bodies continue to grow.

Microplastics in farm soils: A growing concern

Researchers say that more microplastics pollution is getting into farm soil than oceans—and these tiny bits are showing up in our fruits, veggies, and bodies.

Cutting edge of science

An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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