Planetary Health

We are at a time of considerable threat to human health as we go forward

Sir Andy Haines 

Planetary Health:

UNDP Planetary Health

Towards a healthier world

The need for a global health ethic

Access to medicine and healthcare

The determinants of planetary health

Health as the pulse of the New Urban Agenda

We need a moral constitution for our planet's health

Taking the 'neglect' out of neglected global diseases

Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene era

The 2021 Lancet report on health and climate change

Planetary health: a new science for exceptional action

Human and planetary health: toward a common language

The global health community needs innovation and reform

Researchers find that Earth may be home to 1 trillion species

Framing planetary health: arguing for research centred science

WHO, governments and health agencies commit to advancing global health security

Overview health reports & atlases:

Human Cell Atlas

Bodily maps of emotion

Atlas of health and climate

Atlas of the Human Planet

The adaptation gap in health reports

International classification of disease

UNICEF state of the world's children report 2016

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

The Knowledge Portal on innovation and access to medicine

Recent trends in life expectancy across high income countries

A comprehensive assessment of universal health coverage in 111 countries

Global antimicrobial-resistance drivers: an ecological country level study at the human-animal interface

Systemic dimensions of health:

The era of personalized medicine

Plastics, fossil carbon and the heart

Combatting the sedentary workplace

Deciphering the genetics behind eating disorders

Nature really is good medicine. Science can explain why

Effects of intermitten fasting on health, aging and disease

Could inflammation be the cause of myriad chronic conditions

Universal sanitation underestimated in efforts to reduce child mortality

The end of inflammation? New approach could treat dozens of diseases

Sustainable discovery and development of antibiotics: a nonprofit approach?

Mechanisms underpinning the link between emotion, physical health and longetivity

2500 year old Pythagoras theorem helps to show when a patient has turned a corner  

Pathogens: viruses & bacteria:

Our viral world

We are not alone

Ditch the term pathogen

Your home, your bacteria

How viruses shape ur world

Viruses explained in 9 images

How immune cells are activated

How to permanently end diseases

Pathogen genomics in public health

Viruses find a new way to hijack cells

Viruses have a secret, altruistic social life

Researchers strategize to outsmart bacteria

How bacteria sleep through antibiotic attacks

Our water pipes crawl with millions of bacteria

Viruses - you've heard the bad; here's the good

War between bacteria and phages benefits humans

Viruses can scatter their genes among cells and reassemble

Newly discovered antibiotic kills pathogens without resistance

Global monitoring of AMR based on metagenomic analysis of urban sewage

Bacteria in the human body are sharing genes, even across tissue boundaries 

The antimicrobial resistance: urgent need for a planetary and ecosystem approach

Health, climate change & extreme weather events:

Climate crisis and health

The climate crisis and clinical practice

The effect of climate change on disease

Heat-induced heart attack risk on the rise

Is climate change affecting human health?

Managing the health effects of climate change

The imperative for climate action to protect health

Are algae blooms linked to Lou Gehrig's disease? 

Climate change will widen the social and health gap

When a hurricane strikes, diseases know no borders

Climate change will make us sicker and lose work hours

The drought and public health - what are the connections?

2018: The Lancet countdown on health and climate change

Protecting the public and minimizing health effects from heat

Public health adaptation to climate change in OECD countries

Scientists warn of new health threat caused by global warming

Tackling climate change: the greatest opportunity for global health

We're melting the Arctic, and reviving deadly germs in the process

Researchers tackle link between climate change and public health

Adapting to health impacts of climate change: a study of UNFCCC

Health benefits far outweigh the costs of meeting climate change goals

Global disease outbreaks associated with the 2015-2016 El Nino event

Climate crisis could spread dengue fever through most of Southeast US

Extreme heat episodes and risk of preterm birth in California, 2005-2013

Large storms can flood aging sewer systems with harmful bacteria, viruses

The health and economic benefits of climate mitigation and pollution control 

As Earth warms, the diseases that lie within permafrost become a bigger worry

Estimating the health-related costs of 10 climate-sensitive US events during 2012

Assets for health: linking vulnerability, resilience and adaptation to climate change

Systemic mapping of global research on climate and health: a machine learning review

Health & the environment:

The health benefits of trees

Health & environment co-benefits

Climate, pollution and children's health

Health in the global environmental agenda

Effects of environmental stressors on daily governance

More trees on your street means fewer health problems

Environment, health and wellbeing: a systemic approach

Health and environment data to be linked for the first time

Predicting disease outbreaks using environmental changes

Nature and mental health: an ecosystem service perspective

The evironmental footprint of healthcare: a global assesment

Planetary health as a laboratory for enhance evidence synthesis

Nature's contributions to human health: A missing link to human health care?

Human Exposome Project to decode how environmental factors damage health

Being surrounded by green space in childhood may improve mental health of adults

Preventing infectious diseases at the community level: an asset ecosystems approach

Forest conservation: a potential nutrition sensitive intervention in low & middle-income countries

Health and air pollution:

ADHD air pollution link

Wood-burning stoves - harmful or safe?

Even moderate air pollution can raise stroke risks

Toxic airborne pollutants linger long after the smoke clears

Exploration of the global burden of dementia attributable to PM2.5  

Understanding air pollution from biomass burners used for heating

Study shows air emissions near fracking sites may pose health risk

Interaction between residential greenness and air pollution mortality

Public health benefits of strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Exposure to air pollution during childhood and risk of developing schizophrenia

Negative air ions and their effects on human health and air quality improvements    

New atmospheric compound tied to climate change and human health issues discovered

Global and regional trends in particulate air pollution and attributable health burden over the last 50 years

How climate change, environmental change, and development act as triggers for disease:

Allergy sufferers beware the next 100 years! 

Effects of climate change on West Nile Virus

Is our destruction of nature responsible for Covid-19?

Climate conditions help forecast meningitis outbreaks

Infectious disease: the invisible danger of climate change

Sustainable development must account for pandemic risk

Deforestation is leading to mre infectious diseases in humans

Climate change leads to rapid emergence of infectious diseases

Climate change said affecting global spread of infectious disease

Climate change will boost animal meet-ups ... and viral outbreaks

Cholera-like disease 'piggybacking' on El Nino to reach new shores

Infectious diseases and climate change intersect with no simple answers

Impact of climate change on parasite infection depends on host immunity

The influence of global environmental change on infectious disease dynamics

Spatial scale modulates the strength of ecological processes driving disease distributions

Non-communicable diseases:

Measuring mortality from non-communicable diseases

Burden of non-communicable diseases from infectious causes in 2017: a modelling study

Parasitic infections:

A new way to diagnose malaria

Why snails kill 200,000 people every year

Unusual discovery leads to fascinating tuberculosis theory

How to diagnose systemic infections much more quickly and reliably

Pain management:

What we know about pain

30 small neurons join forces against pain

Combating the 'multi-dimensional beast' of chronic pain

Newly discovered organ may be lurking under your skin

New study provides key insights into aspirin's disease-fighting abilities    Aspirin, take two

Hearing Loss:

World report on hearing

Amplifying the global issue of hearing loss

Global ROI and cost-effectiveness from WHO's modelling study 

Oxygen & hypoxia:

Medical conditions and high-altitude travel

Elucidation of oxygen sensing mechanisms in human and animal cells

Circadian rythm, biological clocks & sleep:

Circadian rythms and metabolism    

How circadian clocks differ from sleep

How the body's trillions of clocks keep time

The body's clock offers a rythmic target to viruses

The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life: the new sleep science     

Mental illness:


Ecological grief & anxiety: the start of a healthy response to climate change


World population demographics

Aging may be as old as life itself

Want to live longer? Influence your genes

Physics meets biology to help defeat aging

Semantic activity analytics for healthy aging

Aging: new study valdates longetivity pathway

A photographic treatment for people with dementia

Is aging inevitable? Not necessarily for sea urchins

Research identifies key genetic link in the biology of aging

Septic shock and the aging process: a molecular comparison

Predicting your age from your skin, mouth and gut microbiome    

An aspirin a day of no benefit for fit and healthy elderly, study finds

 Lifespan is increasing in people who live to 65, regadless of socio-economic factors

Health & sun:

Sun may determie life span at birth

Can solar events trigger birth defects on Earth?

Solar storms and the pineal gland - riding the power wave

Link between Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy and autism traits discovered

Researchers correlate incidences of rheumatoid arthritis and giant cell arteritis with solar cycles 


Killing cancer with viruses

A 'key' to metastasis formation

Cancer treatment on a cellular level

What skin cancer & recancerous lesions look like

High radiation dose rates may improve cancer therapy

Researchers develop method to map cancer progression

Shape of tumor may affect whether cells can metastasize

Legions of nanorobots target cancerous tumours with precision

New technology tracks carcinogens as they move through the body

Early cancer detection through fine-print mapping of blood vessel growth

Descent from ancient plough-using societies linked to higher male cancer risk

New microfluidic device offers means for studying electric field cancert therapy

Global taskforce calls for research into everyday chemicals that may cause cancer

Estimate of incidence and mortality of cervical cancer in 2018: a worldwide analysis

Global burden of cancer attributable to infections in 2018: a worldwide incident analysis

Health Risk Factors:

Tackling urban risk

Water and sanitation in a post-Covid world

Risk reduction promise at World Water Forum

Sludge as new sentinel for human health risks

Risk communications strategies for the very worst of cases

Hidden tooth infections may predispose people to heart disease

Expert discovers simple method of dealing with harmful radioactive iodine

Quantitative risk assessment of human illness from exposure to marine beach sand

Association between maternal exposure to agriculture pesticides, autism in offsprings

Introduction of risk size in the determination of uncertainty factor UFl in health risk assessment


What's next in the war on superbugs?

How to stop antibiotic- resistant superbug

Soap antimicrobial may damage liver and raise cancer risk, mouse study shows


Are silver nonoparticles harmful?

Scientists trace nanoparticles from plants to catepillars 

Nanoparticles from dietary supplement drinks are likely to reach environment 

Radiation exposure:

Radiation Dose Chart

Radiation in Daily Life

The radiation dangers from flying

Radiation exposure and the body: what you should know

Concerns about climate change, health - skin cancer danger in ozone loss

Health in disasster events:

Health and disaster risk

Health aspects of disasters

DRR and Water, Sanitation, Health

Disaster reduction critical to HIV/AIDS reduction    

Disaster Risk Management for Health - water, sanitation and hygiene 

Heart problems increase substantially after an earthquake, new study finds

Statisticians using social media to track foodborne illness outbreaks and improve disaster response 

The Human Microbiome:

Microbiomes in transition

The microbiome initiative

The American Gut Project 

Why its time to map the microbiome

Communicating with bacteria of the gut

C-section babies are missing key microbes

Your gut health can affect the rest of your body 

Microbes adapt to colonize different body parts

Uncovering uncultivated microbes in the human gut

The intestinal microbiota: a new ally for optimal growth

Gut bacteria's interactions with immune system mapped

Obesity-related gut bacteria higher in people in northern climes 

Gut microbes' role in mammals' evolution starts to become clear

The story of how a worm turned ... into a bringer of medical miracles

Can your microbiome be genetically engineered to make you healthy? 

How trillions of microbes affect every stage of our life - from birth to old age

Your microbiome may be giving you arthritis. How can we understand it better?

Skin exposure to narrow band UVB light modulates the human intestinal microbiome


Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamin A    Vitamin B1-B12    Vitamin C    Vitamin D    Vitamin E    Vitamin K

Modelling & Mapping:

World population projections

Avoiding a cartography catastrophe

Mathematical models for emerging disease

Climate model to predict malaria outbreaks in India

Modeling of regional climate change effects on ground-level ozone and childhood asthma     

The impact of global environmental change on vector-borne disease-risk: a modelling study

Scientists suggest a mathematical model for the selection of the optimal treatment of cancer

Modelling the effects of global climate change on Chikungunya transmission in the 21st century 

Engineers use models to help resource-poor nations improve allocation of limited health care resources 

Trade-offs: energy cost and health impact in a regional coupled energy–air quality model: the LEAQ model

Effects of agrochemical pollution on shistosomiasis transmission: a systemic review and modelling analysis

Technology and medicine:


Perfect genetic knowledge

Gene drives spead their wings

Human gene editing gets green light

How heathy is genetically modified soybean oil?

New clues to how Neanderthal genes affect your health

Analyzing genetic tree sheds new light on disease outbreaks

CRISPR makes it clear: the US needs a biology strategy, and fast

Molecular map reveals genetic origins of 21 autoimmune diseases

Geneticists are concerned transhumanists will use CRISPR on themselves

Precision medicine integrating whole-genome sequencing, comprehensive metabolomics, and imaging


Smartphone medicine

Do-it-yourself sensors

How medicine will change with digital technology

How wearable computing is shaping digital health

Improving healthcare with interactive visualization

Computing infrastructure for global malaria eradication project 

A look at how new tech is giving patients more control over their health

Smart phones could improve skin cancer detection in developing countries

Tracking physiomes and activity using wearable biosensors reveals useful health-related information


Using satellites to improve public health

Satellites help scientists track deadly parasites

Scientists combine satellite data, machine learning to map poverty


GIS technology helps health care industry save lives


Extermely high-resolution MRI

State of the art in Medical Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Deep medical image computing in preventative and precision medicine

Why fMRI inferences for spatial extent have inflated false-positive rates

Stem Cells:

Stem cells in the treatment of disease

Other Tech in Medicine:


Cold plasma for a safer world

The Cuban biotech revolution

Thermal microscopy of single cells

Subtracting gravity from Alzheimers 

Unwrapping the many gifts of graphene

Cochlear implants and electronic hearing

A new weapon in the war against superbugs

Antarctic sponge extract can help kill MRSA

Risk of pulmonary embolism from ultrasound

Gauging blood hemoglobin with a photograph

2017 Nobel Prize in cryo-electron microscopy

3D-printed heart-on-a-chip with integrated sensors

An army of microrobots can wipe out dental plaque

How do powerful magnets react to the iron in our blood?

Exact receptor for DEET that repels mosquitos discovered

New sensor to detect tiny individual nanoparticles developed

Molecular nano-spies to make light work of disease detection

HERMES public health modeling software released for public use

Scientists speed up human tissue regeneration with supermolecule

New technique for rapidly killing bacteria using tiny gold discs and light

mHealth spectroscopy of blood hemoglobin with spectral super-resolution

Implantable 'neural dust' enables precise wireless recording of nerve activity

Tiny electronic device may allow doctors to peer inside the heart and its arteries

'Nanomotor lithography' answers call for affordable, simpler device manufacturing


Impacts of climate change on the ecology of dengue and its mosquito vector the Asian tiger mosquito


Training manual on health and disaster preparedness in rural China

Inclusiveness of economic growth in China: what do population health outcomes tell us?

The affect of airpollution on deaths, disease burden and life expectancy across China provinces 1990-2017 


 Short-term exposure to PM2.5 pollutants and cardiac arrest: Japan

South East Asia:

Impacts of flood on health: epidemiologic evidence from Hanoi, Vietnam

Toxic waste sites cause 'healthy years of life lost' for people living in India, Philippines and Indonesia

South Asia:

Indian air pollution: loaded dice

El Nino conditions in the Pacific precedes dengue fever epidemics in South Asia

North America:

Agenda 2020

US causes of death

Flint water: what's in that contaminated water?

US using biomimicry to detect outbreaks faster

US National Health Security Preparedness Index

Agricultural subsidies and the American obesity epidemic

US National status of cancer 1975-2014, featuring survival

Health benefits from large-scale ozone reduction in the USA

Why tick-borne diseases have reached epidemiv proportions

Mysterious disease rides on the winds across the Pacific Ocean

Nitrate in drinking water raises health concerns for rural Californians

Potential hotspot for avian flu transmission identified in Western Alaska

Methicillin-resistant MRSA detected at 4 US wastewater treatment plants

Declining air pollution levels continue to improve life expectancy in the US

The impacts of climate change on human health in the USA - a scientific assessment

New model of disease contagion ranks US airports in terms of their spreading influence

USA: Half of all children will be autistic by 2025, warns senior research scientists at MIT 

Groundbreaking study quantifies health costs of climate change-related disasters in the US

Short-term exposure to low levels of air pollution linked with premature death among US seniors

Canada: Addressing the environmental, community and health impacts of resource development

DoD, HHS, DHS should use existing coordination mechanisms to improve their pandemic preparedness

A climate-based model predicts the spatial distribution of the Lyme disease vector Ixodes scapularis in USA

Latin America:

Health and environmental co-benefits of city urban form in Latin America: an ecological study


Health impacts of floods in Europe

EU: the cost of ignoring the warning signs

Netherlands: the uncertain health ipacts of climate change

Hazardous substances in Europe's fresh and marine waters

Declining trends of healthy life years expectancy (HLYE) in Europe

European Green Deal: a major opportunity for health improvement

Southern Europe's coming plagues: vector-borne neglected tropical diseases

Health emergency preparedness for imported cases of high consequence infectious diseases

Excess mortality attributed to heat and cold: a hhealth impact assessment study  in 854 European cities

Systematic assessment of climate sensitivity of important human & domestic animal pathogens in Europe

Middle East:

Communicable diseases management in disasters: an analysis in the Islamic Republic of Iran


Malaria deaths in Africa: 2000-2014

Rainfall, brain infection linked in sub-Sahara Africa

Burden of disease in francophone Africa, 1990-2017

A planetary health perspective on agroforestry in Sub-Saharan Africa

African response to climate change critical as risk of disease outbreaks grow

Drought-related cholera outbreaks in Africa and the implications for climate-change

Health initiatives:

Climate and Public Health: the MERIT initiative

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - personal interview

Global consortium formed to educate leaders on climate and health