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Pollution kills nine million people each year and sickens many more, mostly in poorer nations. The global health effects of climate change are not well quantified today and are likely to increase in the future, with lower-income countries again bearing the brunt of greater food insecurity, increased rates of chronic respiratory illnesses, and shifts in vector-borne diseases. This section explores the global health nexus between climate change and pollution and the possibilities for a more coherent policy approach to these issues.


Scenes From COP26

The world's major leaders, inspiring activists, even giant puppets—snapshots from the Glasgow climate meeting

Hottest Cities

How global health is changing as temperatures inch up


A U.S.-European Measles Moment

The unfortunate return of a potentially fatal virus can be blamed on one thing 


Nature's Unprecedented Role at the Glasgow UN Climate Summit

Multi-stakeholder collaboration on natural climate solutions can transform climate action


A Touch of Green

Snapshots from cities creating green spaces and sustainable structures


Adapting Our Cities to the Future 

Why cities need to plan for climate change now 


The Glasgow Summit and U.S. Foreign Policy on Climate Change

Domestic politics, not diplomacy, will determine what "America is Back" means for climate change


The Art of a Pandemic

COVID-19 street art from around the world


Closing the Gap on Health-Related Climate Financing

Vulnerable communities need support for health systems as they adapt to climate change


Revisiting the Origin Story of COVID-19

And why lab security in the age of COVID should be a priority


Climate Change, Global Health, and U.S. Foreign Policy

Climate change adaptation is now an imperative for U.S. foreign policy on global health


The Policy Challenge of Extreme Heat and Climate Change

Health threats in a hotter world require policy action at every level of political and social life


Hearing Loss, Social Isolation, and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Socially distanced environments require inclusive policies for hard-of-hearing people


Hot, Cold, and Deadly

Extreme temperature is a threat to global health