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For some people, working with dangerous chemicals and heavy metals is just part of the job. The right safety gear and procedures can keep workers healthy, but in the case of newer, more recently-created chemicals, the health risks are often unclear.

 

Climate Change & Nutrition

Climate change puts at risk the food supplies of people in developing and developed nations alike. Floods, droughts, more intense hurricanes, heatwaves and wildfires can drive down crop yields, destroy livestock, and interfere with the transport of food. Rising carbon dioxide levels from human activity can make staple crops like rice and wheat less nutritious.

Seafood, Mercury, & Health

Harvard researchers have traced the major sources of methylmercury, a poisonous form of metal, in the U.S. diet. Although most of that exposure comes from eating seafood, the geographic origins of the mercury hasn’t been well understood until now.

Q&A: In Madagascar, climate change means public health peril

Since 2004, Christopher Golden has been filling in the links between climate change and health among Madagascar's Malagasy people, in hopes of refining both scientific understanding and on-the-ground interventions.

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Traditional diets offer healthy, sustainable inspiration

Current diets high in red meat and sugary, processed foods are harming the planet’s resources. Looking to diets of the past can offer hope and inspiration.

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Bolder climate action could save millions of lives each year by 2040

A new study estimates over 7 million lives per year could be saved through policies that facilitate better diets, cleaner air, and more walking and cycling.

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Why plant-based diets are good for human and planetary health

Diets that are largely plant-based and low in red meat may be the best way to feed a global population expected to reach 10 billion by 2050.

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Swapping red meat for healthy proteins may help your heart

Replacing red meat with plant-based proteins may boost your cardiovascular health, according to a study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Choosing a diet that’s right for you

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to choosing a diet, according to dietitians and health experts.

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Deforestation and Disease: Is beef consumption killing the planet?

Beef consumption is harmful in more ways than one.

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Q&A: In Madagascar, climate change means public health peril

Since 2004, Christopher Golden has been filling in the links between climate change and health among Madagascar's Malagasy people, in hopes of refining both scientific understanding and on-the-ground interventions.

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Traditional diets offer healthy, sustainable inspiration

Current diets high in red meat and sugary, processed foods are harming the planet’s resources. Looking to diets of the past can offer hope and inspiration.

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Harvard to cut food-related greenhouse gas emissions

Our Co-Director Dr. Ari Bernstein on why making greener food choices is better for health and the environment.

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What longtime nutrition expert Walter Willett still wants to know

Walter Willett discussed his three decades of groundbreaking work—and the questions he still wants to answer.

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Can plant-based meat alternatives be part of a healthy and sustainable diet?

Our Director, Gina McCarthy, and Harvard School of Public Health Nutrition Chair, Frank Hu, give us food for thought in this op-ed.

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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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