Global Health Science Education

Coronavirus Testing 1….2…..3…….

By Mrinalini Watsa Disease testing sounds complicated. Reading about it in the news in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is even worse. If you are pretty sure that you’ve read contradictory news articles — you are not wrong! Most of them don’t slow down to explain that there are actually multiple ‘coronavirus tests’ […]

Disease Ecology Global Health

Why do bats get blamed for spillovers so often?

By Efstathia Robakis As the COVID-19* pandemic continues to unfold, scientists are scrambling to answer old questions as new ones continue to arise. Though it doesn’t seem pressing now, given the urgency of so many other real and immediate issues related to the virus’ stranglehold on the world, the question of the virus’ origins is […]

Deforestation Ecology Global Health

Destruction of habitat and loss of biodiversity are creating the perfect conditions for diseases like COVID-19 to emerge

As habitat and biodiversity loss increase globally, the novel coronavirus outbreak may be just the beginning of mass pandemics Author: John Vidal Top photo: Illicit Endangered Wildlife Trade in Möng La, Shan, Myanmar, courtesy of Dan Bennett from Wikimedia (CC BY 2.0). This article originally appeared at Ensia.com and is reproduced here under Creative Commons […]

Disease Ecology Global Health Wildlife Trafficking

Conservationists set the record straight on COVID-19’s wildlife links

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been characterized by the World Health Organization as a pandemic. As the virus spreads, so too does misinformation about its origins. Rumors that COVID-19 was manufactured in a lab or that we know with full certainty which animal host passed the disease to humans are unfounded. Given the clear […]

Ecology Economy Environment

What price tag would you put on a walk in the woods?

Ecosystem services such as pollination and carbon storage are increasingly factored into land management decisions. But what about less tangible benefits? Author: Olivia McRae Top Photo: Ben Lybarger This article originally appeared at Ensia.com and is reproduced here under Creative Commons licensing (CC BY-ND 3.0) Ecosystem services such as pollination and carbon storage are increasingly […]

Citizen Science Climate Change

Spring is arriving earlier across the US, and that’s not always good news

Cover Photo: Yellow trout lily flowers nearly a week earlier now than in previous decades in the Appalachian Mountains. Katja Schulz/Wikipedia, CC BY Author: Theresa Crimmins, University of Arizona Across much of the United States, a warming climate has advanced the arrival of spring. This year is no exception. In parts of the Southeast, spring […]

Conservation Spotlight Consumerism

Global consumer demands fuel the extinction crisis facing the world’s primates

Analysis by Alejandro Estrada and Paul A. Garber. (This article originally appeared at Mongabay.com on 29 December 2019. Republished here under Creative Commons license, CC BY-ND 4.0) Alejandro Estrada of the Institute of Biology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and Paul A. Garber of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois-Urbana […]

Agriculture Environment

Improved Pesticide Testing: A Better Way To Protect Our Environment

By Efstathia Robakis Synthetic pesticides can be a hot-button issue–they may be important in maximizing crop yields for an ever-growing global population, but they have also been implicated in the ongoing decline in biodiversity, despite their perception as being highly regulated. This disconnect, between seemingly-tight regulations and the environmental reality we are facing, might be […]