All articles related to "disasters and conflict":

The importance of studying genocide

Gathering evidence after genocide is crucial to ensure that justice is served, according to experts. A July 24, 2019 commentary in the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN) discussed the genocide research of Craig Etcheson, a visiting scientist…

Climate-driven disasters may stir up toxins

Disasters such as floods and fires, intensified by climate change in recent years, may be making people in the U.S. sick. These sorts of disasters can dislodge chemicals from the ground, from homes, and from industrial waste sites,…

Health departments facing climate-related health issues

State and local public health departments across the U.S. have begun to prepare and respond to health risks related to climate change, including hazards such as extreme weather events, wildfires, and tick- and mosquito-borne diseases. Efforts underway at…

Health effects of inequality

Mary Bassett became director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights and François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights on September 1. She previously served as commissioner of the New…

Uncovering Hurricane Maria’s true toll

September 28, 2018 – After Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, statistician and genomics expert Rafael Irizarry of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a native of Puerto Rico, was hearing dire reports…

Can we solve the migration crisis?

Every minute 24 people around the world are forced to leave their homes—and it’s estimated that more than 65 million people are currently displaced.

Preparing for a deadly hurricane

As Hurricane Florence was bearing down on the eastern coast of the U.S. in mid-September, Richard Serino of Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health spoke about the importance of having a “culture of preparedness.” In a September…

Preparing for hurricanes in Puerto Rico

In May 2018, a team from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health estimated that the death toll in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of last September’s powerful Hurricane Maria was between 800 and 8,500, with many of…