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

(Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health) 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 across 41 key indicators.

Once in a lifetime floods to become regular occurrences by end of century

Superstorm Sandy brought flood-levels to the New York region that had not been seen in generations. Now, due to the impact of climate change, researchers have found that 100-year and 500-year flood levels could become regular occurrences for the thousands of homes surrounding Jamaica Bay, New York by the end of the century.

World not doing nearly enough to stop ‘catastrophic’ global warming, UN report warns – USA TODAY

Five years since the adoption of the Paris Agreement, the world is still far from meeting its climate goals. The report measures the gap between Paris Agreement goals and countries’ planned production of coal, oil and gas. COVID-19 recovery funds…

Amphibian die-offs worsened malaria outbreaks in Central America

(American Geophysical Union) The global collapse of frogs and other amphibians due to the amphibian chytrid fungus exacerbated malaria outbreaks in Costa Rica and Panama during the 1990s and 2000s, according to new research. The findings provide the first evidence that amphibian population declines have directly affected human health and show how preserving biodiversity can benefit humans as well as local ecosystems.

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‘Introducing Palaeontology’ — how the fossil record informs today’s conservation decisions

(Trinity College Dublin) A new, expanded book — ‘Introducing Palaeontology: a guide to ancient life’ — provides a timely reminder of how the fossil record can inform critical conservation decisions of the future as Earth battles the sixth mass extinction of its time.

Flightless birds more common globally before human-driven extinctions

(University College London) There would be at least four times as many flightless bird species on Earth today if it were not for human influences, finds a study led by UCL researchers, published in Science Advances.

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Amphibian die-offs worsened malaria outbreaks in Central America

(American Geophysical Union) The global collapse of frogs and other amphibians due to the amphibian chytrid fungus exacerbated malaria outbreaks in Costa Rica and Panama during the 1990s and 2000s, according to new research. The findings provide the first evidence that amphibian population declines have directly affected human health and show how preserving biodiversity can benefit humans as well as local ecosystems.

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Cost of planting, protecting trees to fight climate change could jump

Planting trees and preventing deforestation are considered key climate change mitigation strategies, but a new analysis finds the cost of preserving and planting trees to hit certain global emissions reductions targets could accelerate quickly.

Cost of planting, protecting trees to fight climate change could jump

Planting trees and preventing deforestation are considered key climate change mitigation strategies, but a new analysis finds the cost of preserving and planting trees to hit certain global emissions reductions targets could accelerate quickly.