Environment

Preventing Another Pandemic Means Protecting the Planet

The following piece was written as part of The Pandemic: Science and Society course offered from Aug. 17 – Sep. 4. Climate change and environmental degradation is a public health crisis.  While we are stuck navigating the immediate tragedies of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been little attention to the impact habitat destruction and climate…

A Living Plague

Off the coast of Florida, a slow alien invasion is in progress. Native to the South Pacific, the lionfish now gobbling up the reef is more familiar to most as an aquarium dweller. Indeed, the most likely source of the invasion is unwanted pets released into the ocean [2]. In humans, its venomous spines can…

Healers and Harmers

Prevention is always better than reaction when it comes to our health. When we eat well and exercise, for example, we generally have to spend less money on our health care and suffer fewer traumatic, expensive, and painful afflictions that can result from not taking care of ourselves. Preventative care is more efficient for the…

Batteries or Bacteria?

Imagine winding slimy tubes intertwined amongst each other, brown chewed up blobs of food and juices so acidic they have the ability to burn skin.  Although this inhospitable environment sounds repulsive to many, it is home to millions of bacterial cells. These gut bacterial cells play a vital role in the human body’s maintenance of…

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