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Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog

sri lanka cricket players wearing masks in an attempt to protect themselves from air pollution
MASKED MEN. This file photo taken on December 3, 2017 shows Sri Lanka cricket players wearing masks in an attempt to protect themselves from air pollution during the second day of the third Test cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla Cricket Stadium in New Delhi. Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Unprecedented scenes of Sri Lankan cricketers wearing face masks reignites debate about hosting major sports in heavily polluted New Delhi

NEW DELHI, India (Dec. 5, 2017) — Unprecedented scenes of Sri Lankan cricketers wearing face masks have reignited debate about hosting major sports in heavily polluted New Delhi, where doctors are increasingly vocal about the health risks posed by smog. Continue reading Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog

Sanofi can’t trace individuals at risk, but continues to monitor Dengvaxia recipients

a health worker shows off used vials of dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility
RISK. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Will Sanofi shoulder the costs of individuals who might contract severe dengue after receiving the vaccine? The company only says it is collaborating with the Department of Health

MANILA, Philippines (Dec. 4, 2017) — French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur said on Monday, December 4, there is no way of tracing who among the over 700,000 Filipino youth given the Dengvaxia vaccine are at risk from contracting severe dengue. Continue reading Sanofi can’t trace individuals at risk, but continues to monitor Dengvaxia recipients

Why climate change is one of the biggest health threats of the 21st century

studies show that climate change can undo more than 50 years of gains in global health and development work
HEALTH. Studies show that climate change can undo more than 50 years of gains in global health and development work.

The roles and responsibilities of health professionals go way beyond treating diseases

MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 23, 2017) — What makes climate change one of the biggest health threats of the 21st century? Continue reading Why climate change is one of the biggest health threats of the 21st century

‘My eyes are burning’: Delhi holds half marathon despite pollution warning

participants make their way along rajpath during the delhi half marathon
Participants make their way along Rajpath during the Delhi half marathon Photograph: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Around 35,000 brave runners registered for the race after more than a week of hazardous pollution levels

November 19, 2017 — Tens of thousands of runners Sunday choked through smog for the Delhi half marathon, ignoring dire health warnings from doctors who fought for the controversial race in the heavily polluted capital to be postponed. Continue reading ‘My eyes are burning’: Delhi holds half marathon despite pollution warning

Medibank drops fossil-fuel investments worth tens of millions of dollars

medibank will move to low-carbon investments and shed tens of millions of dollars in fossil-fuel investments
Medibank will move to low-carbon investments and shed tens of millions of dollars in fossil-fuel investments. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Australia’s largest private health insurer says it ‘acknowledges the science of climate change and the impacts on human health’

November 13, 2017 — Australia’s largest private health insurer, Medibank, will shed tens of millions of dollars in fossil-fuel investments because of the effects of climate change on human health. Continue reading Medibank drops fossil-fuel investments worth tens of millions of dollars

‘Only God can save us’: Yemen blockade may cause world’s largest famine in decades

suffering from acute malnutrition
Abdulaziz al-Husseinya, nine years old and suffering from acute malnutrition, Al-Thawra hospital, Hodeidah. Photograph: Iona Craig

Iona Craig reports from Yemen where aid agencies cannot get vital shipments into the war-torn country already gripped by cholera outbreak

November 12, 2017 — Abdulaziz al-Husseinya lies skeletal and appears lifeless in a hospital in Yemen’s western port city of Hodeidah. At the age of nine, he weighs less than one and a half Continue reading ‘Only God can save us’: Yemen blockade may cause world’s largest famine in decades

4 years after Yolanda, trauma still haunts typhoon victims

a woman picks up what's left of her belongings in the rubble after the floodwaters subsided in eastern samar
AFTERMATH. A woman picks up what’s left of her belongings in the rubble after the floodwaters subsided in Eastern Samar. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Victims of natural disasters are vulnerable to trauma, as well as mental problems such as stress disorders, depression and general anxiety

AKLAN, Philippines (Nov. 5, 2017) — Four years since Super Typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan), most survivors still carry the emotional burden brought by the catastrophic disaster that hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013. Continue reading 4 years after Yolanda, trauma still haunts typhoon victims

$129B in extreme weather losses last year – climate report

heavy waves caused by hurricane matthew pounds the boat docks at the sunset bar and grill
DAMAGE. In this file photo, heavy waves caused by Hurricane Matthew pounds the boat docks at the Sunset Bar and Grill, October 7, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

There was a 46% increase in weather disasters from 2010 to 2016, with 797 ‘extreme’ events recorded last year, according to research published in The Lancet medical journal

PARIS, France (Nov. 1, 2017) — Extreme weather caused some $129 billion (111 billion euros) in economic losses last year, said a report Tuesday, October 31, that warned the bill will keep climbing as climate change boosts droughts, storms and floods. Continue reading $129B in extreme weather losses last year – climate report

Our cities need fewer cars, not cleaner cars

los angeles road
The average Los Angeles commuter wastes almost 5.5 days each year in gridlock … adding roads and highways only encourages people to use private transport modes. Photograph: Mike Nelson/EPA

Electric cars won’t eradicate gridlocks and air pollution, but carbon footprints could be cut by favouring pedestrians, cyclists and mass transit

October 16, 2017 — The spectre of our cities choking with unhealthy air has prompted numerous governments to mandate a transition to electric cars. Their concerns are well founded, even if their proposals fall short of what is needed. Continue reading Our cities need fewer cars, not cleaner cars

Revealed: every Londoner breathing dangerous levels of toxic air particle

pollution haze
Pollution haze over London seen from the Shard. Mayor Sadiq Khan described the new air pollution findings as ‘sickening’. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP

Every area of the capital breaches global standards for PM2.5 pollution particles, with most areas exceeding levels by at least 50%

October 4, 2017 — The scale of London’s air pollution crisis was laid bare on Wednesday, with new figures showing that every person in the capital is breathing air that exceeds global guidelines for one of the most dangerous toxic particles. Continue reading Revealed: every Londoner breathing dangerous levels of toxic air particle