Offshore wind turbine near Scotland.
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Generating less electricity with fossil fuels could help save lives.
Tighter emissions standards create costs for truck manufacturers yet provide health benefits for society. How should they be weighed?
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has proposed steps that would reduce economic benefits to society from new regulations. An economist who worked for Presidents Clinton and Obama calls this a strategy to justify deregulation.
A large dust storm, or haboob, sweeps across downtown Phoenix on July 21, 2012.
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New research projects that climate change could greatly increase airborne dust levels in the southwestern US, causing higher hospital admissions and premature deaths from heart and lung ailments.
Life in the human herd is complex, and we are unavoidably inter-dependent when it comes to our health. Population health science looks at the things that cause ill-health in the first place.
Each year an estimated 100 000 women have complications during childbirth which leave them with obstetric vaginal fistula.
The protection of the flu vaccine is minimal, and may not be worth it.
Research shows for every 100 healthy adults vaccinated against influenza, 99 get no benefit.
South Africa was a leader in tobacco control but has not updated its policies adequately.
South Africa's proposed new tobacco laws will tighten the grip on how cigarettes and other tobacco products are sold, marketed and regulated in the country.
A woman with her treatment regime for extensively drug-resistant TB in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.
Treatment for drug-resistant TB remains problematic as the painful daily injectable patients receive for at least six months leaves more than 60% deaf.
Far more than eating green vegetables and going to the gym more often, living and working conditions have a big impact on health. Saskatchewan’s new NDP leader is determined to see it reflected in public policy.
It's not all about eating leafy green vegetables and working out: Living and working conditions have a profound impact on our health. So why are politicians avoiding taking action?
A health worker outside the isolation ward at Bikoro Hospital, where suspected Ebola patients are diagnosed and treated.
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Ebola has spread to a large city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Perhaps the expert handling of the Fukushima nuclear leak could provide a template for what to do next.
The medicinal plants eaten by chimpanzees could develop improved traditional medicines.
The medicinal plants that chimpanzees feed on in the wild could hold the key in dealing with common diseases.
A Liberian burial team during the world’s biggest Ebola outbreak in 2014.
The response to the latest ebola outbreak in the DRC has been rapid, well coordinated and well resourced.
The DRC has developed good systems to diagnose Ebola. But it's surveillance systems are still weak.
Dumped waste is a constant eyesore on the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic hub.
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Littering in protest is indicative of a discordant society, and a culture of littering can tell us a lot about a society's ethos.
The truth about harms on alcohol labels may not be good for the alcohol industry, but it could be good your health.
It’s not just the elderly who feel alone.
The government has announced funding to combat loneliness in the elderly.
From understanding climate change to defining what a bird is, people prefer evidence that is diverse.
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To give the best chance for science to have an impact, we need to present our arguments to the public in the most convincing ways we have available. Applied psychology can help.
A cement delivery truck was burnt by angry protesters against corruption and poor service delivery in South Africa.
Corruption has become one of the biggest concerns for South Africans living in a province that has erupted in violence.
Toppled road sign for a closed water distribution center in Flint, Mich.
Michigan officials have ended distribution of free bottled water in Flint, but many residents believe the city's water crisis is not over and have lost all trust in government.
35,092 people died in crashes on U.S. roadways
Motor vehicle crashes are a public health crisis in the US. Distracted driving laws can save lives – but only some states have them.