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Climate change could frustrated efforts to stop Coronavirus

While there is some preliminary evidence that sunlight, heat and humidity could slow the spread of the coronavirus, the summer months also promise a host of new risks, The Washington Post reports. Soaring temperatures will either compel people wanting relief to go outside, where they could catch the coronavirus, or the coronavirus will force people to stay indoors, where […]

War on Science: WSJ attacks coronavirus pollution link health study for failing to use time travel (really!)

On Monday morning, the Guardian ran a great interview with climate journalist Emily Atkin. It opens with Atkin rather unapologetically declaring, “I’m sorry, but if you still refuse to see parallels between climate change and coronavirus then honestly you’re just stupid.” Always eager to prove its critics right, by Monday evening the Wall Street Journal published an […]

S Korea is both battling Coronavirus AND fighting climate change. At the same time!

The Republic of Korea’s response to COVID-19 has been among the most effective in the world. By combining aggressive testing with early isolation and treatment of those who test positive, Korea has lowered its infection rate while avoiding the need to lock down entire cities. The government reorganized hospitals to prevent infection, effectively distributed face masks and will cover […]

As Coronavirus takes heavy toll on people of color, Harris wants task force to study why and propose fixes

Today, Sen. Kamala Harris of California will introduce legislation creating a task force to scrutinize the racial disparity in health outcomes as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a heavy and disproportionate toll among African Americans, Latinos, and American Indians. While the COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force Act would focus on addressing the disparate effects of the […]

May 4th

200,000 Americans die every year from air pollution

Below is an article I published in August 2017. As we consider perhaps more than ever how much different things cause death in the USA, I think it’s good to take note of the vast number of premature deaths that come as a result of air pollution — 200,000 a year in the United States. Also, […]

April 21st

Making masks at home – what you need to know about how to reduce the transmission of coronavirus

The recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation to use cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19 has generated numerous how-to articles and videos. As academics who focus on personal protective equipment (PPE) research and development, we are concerned about the lack of information about two critical features of home mask […]

April 16th