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.

Founding Director, 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.
Founding Director, 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.

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent Cate Twining-Ward has been working as a COVID-19 tester during the pandemic. Her experience has made her rethink consumables. (Photos courtesy Cate Twining-Ward/George Washington University)

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | The George Washington University
I can tell you, without a shred of uncertainty, that where I am today is just about the farthest from where I had expected myself to be a year ago.

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University of Pennsylvania
Virtual ecotourism is an alternative to travel during the pandemic, as well as an option for better environmental conservation.
Founding Director, Planet Forward
Dr. David Broniatowski, the Associate Director of the George Washington University Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics, shares his research on the misinformation and disinformation around COVID.

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Planet Forward Correspondent | University of Wisconsin-Madison
The farmers market is, if anything, a quintessential unifier for communities. But this year, for many, it looked different.
Founding Director, Planet Forward
With a wave of COVID-19 infections plaguing the country, questions on what needs to be done in the coming months to save lives are at the forefront of national conversations.

A view of the Danskammer Generating Station in Newburgh, N.Y., as seen from a train traveling on the other side of the Hudson River. (TomKonrad/Creative Commons)

The George Washington University
Before COVID-19 hit, there was another global crisis impacting people’s health and economic security: climate change. Here's how three environmental organizations are fighting for their communities during a pandemic.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ecologists and epidemiologists have been predicting a pandemic like COVID-19 for years, revealing the deep-seated relationships between animal health, human health, and planetary health. 

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