Climate impacts on health and urban areas: Heatwaves and death rate

Over the last half-century, the probability of heat extreme events has changed by orders of magnitude in almost every region of the world, with occurrences that are now up to a hundred times more in respect to a century ago. Of all-natural disasters, extreme high temperature events are the main cause of weather-related mortality and […]

Water and gender equality | EurekAlert! Science News

Water isn’t just crucial for life, it’s fundamental to increasing opportunities for women and girls in rural areas across the globe. A new Stanford study reveals how bringing piped water closer to remote households in Zambia dramatically improves the lives of women and girls, while also improving economic opportunities, food security and well-being for entire […]

Assessment of air contamination by SARS-CoV-2 in hospital settings

What The Study Did: In this systematic review of current evidence on air contamination with SARS-CoV-2 in hospital settings, the air close to and distant from patients with COVID-19 was frequently contaminated with SARS-CoV-2 RNA; however, few of these samples contained viable viruses. High viral loads found in toilets and bathrooms, staff areas and public hallways suggest […]

Silica the best environmental alternative to plastic microbeads, finds study

Following bans on plastic microbeads in wash-off cosmetics, a new study weighs up the environmental costs of alternatives. Microbeads have been included in personal care and cosmetic products ranging from toothpastes and sunscreen to body scrubs and industrial hand cleaners, usually to improve qualities like abrasiveness. Microbeads are small, manufactured plastic pellets, typically measuring less […]

Access to nature important for mental health during Covid lockdowns

People in European countries with the strictest COVID-19 lockdown policies were more likely to show symptoms of depression and anxiety, according to an international study investigating the impact of disconnecting from nature. Led by the Basque technology center AZTI, and involving the University of Exeter, the study built on pre COVID-19 evidence that access to […]

Flavors added to vaping devices can damage the heart

IMAGE: Sami Noujaim, PhD, associate professor of molecular pharmacology and physiology at the University of South Florida Health (USF Health) Morsani College of Medicine, has begun investigating preclinically the potential cardiotoxic… view more  Credit: Photo courtesy of USF Health TAMPA, Fla (Dec. 11, 2020) — The appealing array of fruit and candy flavors that entice millions […]

Mailman School experts contribute to new Lancet report on health and climate change

December 4, 2020 — Unless we take urgent action to tackle climate change, we can expect an ever-hotter world that threatens global health, disrupts lives and livelihoods and overwhelms healthcare systems, according to The Lancet‘s Global Countdown on Health and Climate Change, a comprehensive global analysis tracking the impact of climate change on human health […]

Biological diversity evokes happiness | EurekAlert! Science News

IMAGE: Also the blue tit (Parus caeruleus) contributes to this: According to the study, ten percent more bird species in the surrounding area increase the feeling of happiness as much as… view more  Credit: Stefan Bernhardt Under the current pandemic conditions, activities out in nature are a popular pastime. The beneficial effects of a diverse nature […]

Mine ponds amplify mercury risks in Peru’s Amazon

IMAGE: Thousands of artificial ponds like this one, created when rainwater filled in an abandoned gold mining pit, are amplifying risks of mercury exposure for humans and wildlife in the Peruvian… view more  Credit: Melissa Marchese DURHAM, N.C. – The proliferation of pits and ponds created in recent years by miners digging for small deposits of […]

A cold-health watch and warning system for cold waves in Quebec

IMAGE: INRS Professor Fateh Chebana specializes in Hydrogeological modelling. His team also developed a heat health watch and warning systems in 2010. view more  Credit: Josée Lecompte A team from the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) and the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), led by Professor Fateh Chebana, has recently developed […]