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By mining nature’s resources at an unsustainable rate, global societies can flourish in the short term, but face significant impacts from the degradation of nature’s life support systems over the longer term.

I have spent my career at the science-to-policy interface, including when I had the honor to serve as the first Science Advisor at the U.S. Mission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)...
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The NIH's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) journal, Environmental Health Perspectives, describes the origins of the field of planetary health, including Cornell's role.
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Dr. Steve Osofsky probes at the deeply intertwined relationships between our health and our environment in this episode of the "What Makes Us Human" podcast series.

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Cornell Wildlife Health Center policy experts explain how Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) can be the bridge to the planetary health paradigm becoming a go-to tool for developing truly sustainable solutions to interconnected public health and environmental problems.
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In an interview with the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine, Cornell Planetary Health Scientist Dr. Montira Pongsiri discusses this new field - focused on addressing linkages between human-induced environmental change and public health.
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In honor of International One Health Day, two Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine experts explain why there needs to be greater global effort to halt climate change, reduce environmental contaminants, and stop the loss of biodiversity.
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This past summer, Cornell's Expanding Horizons program helped 14 College of Veterinary Medicine students address challenges impacting wildlife, domestic animal, and human health across the developing world.
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In this Nature Scientific Reports paper, Cornell Planetary Health Scientist Dr. Montira Pongsiri and colleagues find that conserving old-growth tropical forest may help prevent new outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases in people.
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We depend on the oceans in many direct and indirect ways. Cornell is helping scientists learn how to better help the public understand, and address, the problems facing the world's seas.