Human Health and the Planet

The health effects of climate change sound a clarion warning that we must attend to a rapidly deteriorating environment. Polluted cities, severe droughts and flooding, and devastating storms are portents of a world in which risks to the health of the planet and the health of families are closely linked. We urgently need visionary and strategic leaders who can identify and implement local, national, and global public policies, build boundary-busting collaborative partnerships, and advocate effectively for change. How do we tame unsustainable resource consumption, protect human health, and become better stewards of the only planet we can inhabit?

Festival: Spotlight Health 2017

Watch and Listen: Environment

Thirty-two million gallons of mercury are trapped under the immense ice sheets in the Arctic Circle. As the Earth warms... See more
Following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria — not to mention the floods, wildfires, and storms that put 2017 on the... See more
As US special envoy for climate change in the Obama administration, Todd Stern helped cobble together a consensus among... See more
Population growth, shifting agricultural practices, and altered weather patterns are weighing on the food supply, a... See more
Last year, the US was besieged by catastrophic natural disasters that included three major hurricanes as well as... See more
For more than 130 years, the National Geographic Society has pushed the boundaries of science by engaging the average... See more

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