The heavy toll of the Black Belt’s wastewater crisis

Many rural households in America don’t have access to safe sewage systems. In Alabama, entrenched poverty and unusual geology have created a public-health disaster.
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Protecting land and animals will mitigate future pandemics, report says

The same forces driving extinction, habitat loss, and climate change will also lead to future pandemics, say an international group of scientists.
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Lo que no sabemos de los virus de los murciélagos podría afectarnos

El sistema inmunitario de los murciélagos es extraño pero no sabemos cuán extraño es, ni cómo evolucionaron de esa manera o su relación con otros animales.

What’s special about bat viruses? What we don't know could hurt us

The immune systems of bats are weird, but we don’t know how weird, how they got that way or enough about other animals.

Study: Global warming could make viruses harder to kill

Microbial water quality may be worse in warm regions, and the health risks posed by viruses will be greater.


How diseases sweep through the sea

For marine mammals, viral and bacterial outbreaks are on the rise.


Scientists uncover biological signatures of the worst COVID-19 cases

Studies of patients with severe cases of Covid-19 show the immune system lacks its usual coordinated response.

Toilet to table: Michigan farmers feed crops with ‘toxic brew’ of human and industrial waste

Sewage sludge is a highly toxic, semi-solid blend of human feces and every pollutant that was discharged into the sewers.


Shannon Bennett: Pandemics of our own making

While it's critical that we devote our scientific ingenuity to beating back the current pandemic, we must also address our broken relationship with nature in a concerted effort to prevent similar outbreaks in the future.

Enric Sala: To prevent the next deadly disease, we must stop harming nature

The coronavirus pandemic proves it: By damaging the planet, we have sapped nature’s power to protect humanity from diseases.

How devastating pandemics change us

Deadly outbreaks have plagued societies for centuries. But they can lead to medical breakthroughs—if we learn the right lessons from them.

On the hunt for the next deadly virus

Searching for new viruses and tracking down the source of pandemics, scientists are laying the groundwork to defeat “spillover” diseases.

China vowed to keep wildlife off the menu, a tough promise to keep

The government has moved slowly to permanently stop the sale and consumption of wild animals in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic, raising fears the practice may continue.

Industrial meat 101: Could large livestock operations cause the next pandemic?

Novel viruses have been emerging in CAFOs for years. Advocates say coronavirus should act as a wake-up call.

Black Mainers are getting the coronavirus more than 10 times the rate of white Mainers

The coronavirus infection rate between black Mainers and other demographics has grown more pronounced as cases have risen in the state, likely due in part to their stark overrepresentation in low-paying frontline jobs.

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Two things to be thankful for...

2020 is almost gone. And we are lucky to have prescient environmental reporters.

Major oil and gas companies join program to cut methane emissions

62 oil and gas companies from around the world signed on to a UN-led partnership aimed at bolstering monitoring and reductions of the potent climate-warming gas.

Q&A: A young environmental justice leader on the value of getting youth of color into nature

"Before decisions are made we need to practice what we preach when we say that we stand for justice and equity. In any decision-making process, youth need to be involved from the get-go."

Agents of Change: New fellows seek to reimagine science communication

Breaking through the echo chamber with new voices grounded in science, community, and equity.

10 tips for cleaner grocery shopping

Picking ingredients for a better lifestyle.

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