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.

George Washington University
Research published by PLOS One on March 20 poses a challenge to Sustainable Development Goal 3 as findings suggest that higher temperatures decrease the quality of our mental health.
George Washington University
While a silver lining of the global pandemic, improved air quality, is making headlines across the media, the darker shadow behind this story is the impact past exposure to air pollution has on our bodies’ responses to the coronavirus.
Founding Director, Planet Forward
On this week's Healthy You podcast, host Frank Sesno speaks with Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of the D.C. Department of Health. She shares why D.C.'s location makes reopening more complex than other jurisdictions.
Founding Director, Planet Forward
One of the world’s leading experts on online misinformation, media editor for BuzzFeed News, Craig Silverman joins the podcast this week with tips on finding credible sources.

Photographed in the forests of Palawan, a Philippine pangolin pup nudges its mother, rolled up in a protective ball. (Gregg Yan/Creative Commons)

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent
Pressuring governments to issue bans and closures of wet markets could prevent the emergence of infectious disease. But it does not solve the widespread issue of bushmeat circulation between hunters and their families.
Photos courtesy GWU
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Dr. James Phillips, chief of disaster and operational medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences discusses the reality of reopening the country without widespread testing available.
gold mine water pollution

Ecosystem destruction, such as this pollution from a gold mine, is a primary driver of zoonotic disease reproduction and transmission. Natural ecosystems act as a buffer zone, preventing spillover of certain pathogens from animals to people.

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | Cornell University
While much about the future remains uncertain, we do know this is not the last pandemic we'll face. And if we want to prevent future pandemics, we need to focus on the impact of humans on our environment.
straight road looking into the distance with storm clouds overhead

The road ahead for both COVID-19 and climate change is stormy, but with science and facts by our side we can find solutions to both.

Founding Director, Planet Forward
How can we apply the lessons we are learning now to the next looming threat — climate change — recognizing that it will, by necessity, take a back seat until the current health emergency and economic crisis subside?

(Photo by Hana Hancock)

George Washington University
Even if we can't always make it outside, there are proven ways we can keep our spirits up during physical distancing.

In this episode we speak with emergency physician Dr. Leana Wen, who is a visiting professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. (George Washington University)

Founding Director, Planet Forward
Listen to Planet Forward founder Frank Sesno host a special COVID-19 series, "Healthy You: Surviving a Pandemic," in partnership with the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.

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