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Reducing the risks of emerging infectious diseases by catalyzing actions that bring us back into balance with nature.

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Coronavirus and Air Pollution

Emerging research suggests that breathing more polluted air over many years may worsen the effects of COVID-19.

Coronavirus and Climate Change

Climate solutions are pandemic solutions.
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Coronavirus and Heatwaves

Planning resources for states, cities, and communities help individuals stay cool while physically distancing.
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Preventing Pandemics at the Source

For a fraction of the cost of managing a pandemic after it starts, we can prevent another pandemic from ever emerging.

Protecting forests and changing agricultural practices are essential, cost-effective actions to prevent pandemics

Our new report outlines the strong scientific foundations for taking actions to stop the next pandemic by preventing the spillover of pathogens from animals to people.

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2020 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change: U.S. Policy Report

COVID-19 shows how no one is immune from converging health crises and that millions of lives can be saved with climate action.

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Solutions for preventing the next pandemic

The cost of preventing the next pandemic is 2% of the cost we’re paying for COVID-19.

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The climate crisis and COVID-19—A major threat to the pandemic response

Strategies for local communities and states to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission during climate-related extreme events like heat waves, hurricanes, and wildfires.

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As Covid-19 cases rise, global task force lays out how to avert future pandemics

New report suggests that investing in conservation, improving agricultural practices, and strengthening healthcare systems can help prevent future pandemics.

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Preventing future pandemics depends on environmental action, Harvard task force finds

Environmental efforts, such as forest preservation and wildlife trade regulation, are essential to preventing future pandemics.

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New report calls for preventing human pandemics at the animal source

Preventing the next pandemic by stopping the spillover of animal pathogens to humans would be far less expensive than fighting a pandemic after it begins.

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Stopping ‘spillover’ events key to preventing future pandemics

Substantial investments are needed to reduce the likelihood of pathogens spilling from wildlife to humans and triggering the next pandemic, according to a new report from the International Scientific Task Force to Prevent Pandemics at the Source, which was convened by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Climate, Health, and…

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New Report from Harvard and Global Experts Shows Investments in Nature Needed to Stop the Next Pandemic

Protecting forests and changing agricultural practices are essential, cost-effective actions to prevent pandemics.

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Harvard launches international task force to prevent future pandemics

Our Director, Dr. Aaron Bernstein, discusses the Scientific Task Force to Prevent Pandemics at the Source, which aims to prevent pandemics by reducing the likelihood of infectious diseases transferring from animals to humans.

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Climate change impact on COVID-19, deadly diseases

On an episode of the Insight podcast, our Director, Dr. Aaron Bernstein discusses the impact of climate change on COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

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How to stop the next pandemic before it starts

Being prepared for the next pandemic is important—but we should also be focused on stopping it entirely.

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World leaders ‘ignoring’ role of destruction of nature in causing pandemics

Ending the destruction of nature to stop outbreaks at source is more effective and cheaper than responding to them, says our Director Dr. Aaron Bernstein

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Animals are still key to preventing the next pandemic

A new scientific task force led by our Director Dr. Aaron Bernstein is focusing on how to prevent the emergence of diseases that spill over from animals to human beings.

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Dr. Aaron Bernstein

Aaron Bernstein MD, MPH

Aaron examines the human health effects of global environmental changes with the aim of promoting a deeper understanding of these subjects among students, educators, policy makers, and the public.

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Dr. Renee Salas

Renee N. Salas MD, MPH, MS

Renee's work focuses on the intersection of the climate crisis, health, and healthcare delivery.

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