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Flooding from hurricanes like Irma in Florida can overwhelm sewer systems and spread pathogens in other ways. Brian Blanco/Getty Images

58% of human infectious diseases can be worsened by climate change – we scoured 77,000 studies to map the pathways

It’s not just mosquitos. Flooding, extreme heat and other climate-related hazards are bringing people into contact with pathogens more often, and affecting people’s ability to fight off disease.
Image of Earth’s city lights, created with data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program. NASA/Newsmakers via Getty Images

What the controversial 1972 ‘Limits to Growth’ report got right: Our choices today shape future conditions for life on Earth

A 1972 report warned that unchecked consumption could crater the world economy by 2100. Fifty years and much debate later, can humanity innovate quickly enough to avoid that fate?
Cultural burning practices can clear out flammable plant materials that lead to bushfires. AAP Image/Supplied by DFES, Evan Collis

Recognising Indigenous knowledges is not just culturally sound, it’s good science

This NAIDOC Week, with the effects of climate change affecting Australia, It’s beyond time to listen to First Nations people who have extensive knowledge of caring for Country.
Alain Libondo (17) left, and Nsinku Zihindula (25), hammering at solid rock to find cassiterite and coltan at Szibira, South Kivu. Photo by Tom Stoddart via Getty Images

What coltan mining in the DRC costs people and the environment

Coltan is indispensable to the making of modern electronic devices but its mining causes human and environmental disasters in the DR Congo.

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