Public Health

Polluted air and rivers have acute local health effects and changing rainfall and temperature patterns cause global disruptions in supplies of food and clean water. Learn what is being done to mitigate the impact.

The George Washington University
In this short film, Planet Forward Comcast Sustainable Storytelling Fellow Francesca Edralin explores how classroom gardening can be used as a tool to address food insecurity.

California farmworkers have had to endure heatwaves, wildfires and a pandemic that continues to spread during peak harvest season for almonds and wine grapes. (Photo courtesy of UFW/United Farm Workers)

Arizona State University
The race to deliver fresh foods during peak harvest season means farmworkers are facing the threats of climate change acceleration and COVID-19.
Arizona State University
Water is a precious commodity that’s scarce in many places across the U.S. but even more so in rural Native American communities like the Navajo Nation, where a virus that requires hand-washing has taken a heavy toll.

Cremated remains lie in the incineration chamber at the Paradise Memorial Crematory in Scottsdale, one of the state’s largest. Partly fueled by the pandemic, the U.S. cremation rate reached 56% in 2020; it was 67% in Arizona. (Kevin Pirehpour/Cronkite News)

Arizona State University
In Arizona, where 16,842 have died in the pandemic, the smoke and the hum of crematoriums working overtime have left some neighbors desperate for relief from the odor and pollution.
Columbia University
The pandemic should be a golden opportunity to change the way we think about mental illness. So far, it hasn’t been.
Ohio University
In Western Uganda, world-renowned birder Harriet Kemigisha inspires and promotes conservation through her work as a guide, researcher, and community leader around Kibale National Park.

When the Cameron Peak Fire raged over the summer, it was obvious that the air quality was not safe in Northern Colorado. But air quality concerns aren't always as visually noticeable. (Photo by Jennifer Clary)

Colorado State University
How can we know if it’s safe to breathe the air that surrounds us?
Founder and Chief Executive, Planet Forward
When will we climb out of our COVID caves? It all depends on vaccine distribution. West Virginia's Krista Capehart, who helped with the state's distribution plan, discusses lessons learned and strategy.
Northwestern University
Global warming may make infectious diseases such as COVID-19 more widespread by changing disease progression and interaction among people, warn health and climate experts. Ester Wells reports for Medill.
Founder and Chief Executive, Planet Forward
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for all of us, but for none more than people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

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