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Biodiversity and Human Health

A road map to environmental disaster in Alaska

Eric Chivian's letter to the editor, The Washington Post, August 16, 2010.

How Our Health Depends on Biodiversity

A summary of our award-winning book, Sustaining Life.

Human Health and the Environment: Environmental Panel

Dr. Eric Chivian discusses how human health and the environment are intertwined.

Real-life lessons in Hollywood's "Contagion"

This star-clad thriller has an important message about health and biodiversity.

Highstead Foundation Presents Sustaining Life

Dr. Eric Chivian on just how important preserving the planet truly is.

Sustaining Life: How Our Health Depends on Biodiversity

The most comprehensive book available on health and biodiversity.

Why Physicians Must Protect the Global Environment

Eric Chivian on the need for the medical community to stand up for Earth.

Killing the Cures

For millennia, medical practitioners have harnessed substances from nature.

Cone Snails (excerpt from Sustaining Life)

Cone snail toxins may someday be used to make potent pain killers.

Biodiversity loss: threats to our health (Australian Geographic)

The environment holds hidden secrets to human well-being, provided we preserve biodiversity.

Louie Schwartzberg: The hidden beauty of pollination

Ted Talk by filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg.

Polar Bears (excerpt from Sustaining Life)

They may hold the key to treating diabetes, osteoporosis and kidney failure.

The Bio Da Versity Code (video)

An animated short film on the disappearance of species.

Nobel Laureate Explores Links Between Climate Change, Biodiversity

Eric Chivian explores the connection between climate change and biodiversity.

Why Fight for Cone Snails

Eric Chivian on the medical uses of cone snails.

Testing the World's Resolve to Save the Amazon

Why preserve the diverse species that populate the Yasuni forests of Ecuador.

Pollinators (Excerpt from Sustaining Life)

Their dwindling numbers may change life as we know it.

Genetic Diversity and Disease Control in Rice (Excerpt from Sustaining Life)

Growing crop mixtures is more productive than growing single varieties.

As Ice Melts, Can Polar Bears Survive? (NYT)

Dr. Eric Chivian's letter to the editor, The NY Times, January 9, 2008.

The Importance of Biodiversity to Medicine

How the variety of life on our planet can help preserve our health.

Species loss and ecosystem disruption — the implications for human health

How the explosive rates of extinction affect our well being.

Human Health Implications of Genetically Modified Crops (excerpt from Sustaining Life)

Potential benefits and risks for human health from GM crops.

An Orchard Can Be A Labor of Love, And A Testiment to Biodiversity

Dr. Eric Chivian's passion for heirloom apples is tied to his vision for a healthier Earth.

Range Change on Land (excerpt from Sustaining Life)

As the climate warms, some species will need to migrate to survive.

Cuban Organic Farming Experiment

Cuba turned to organic farming when they were faced with a food shortage.

Biodiversity and Agriculture (white paper)

Biodiversity, both among and within species, is vital to growing food.

What are the Medical Consequences of Losing Polar Bears?

Dr. Eric Chivian explains how polar bears offer us the opportunity to unlock some medical mysteries but we must do so before polar bears are gone forever or take steps quickly to ensure their survival.

Biodiversity and Our Health

Nobel laureate Eric Chivian explains how advances in modern medicine may be cut short by species extinction (12 min).

Pesticide tied to bee colony collapse

The likely culprit in sharp worldwide declines in honeybee colonies since 2006 is imidacloprid, one of the most widely used pesticides, according to a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).

The Threat to Cone Snails

Dr. Chivian's letter to the editor of Science Magazine that address the importance of cone snails to modern medicine.

Species loss and ecosystem disruption — the implications for human health

Dr. Chivian's peer reviewed article in CMAJ 2001.

The Amphibian Crisis

James Hanken, Professor of Zoology at Harvard explains why and how the loss of amphibians affects our health (12 min).

Biodiversity and Health

The consequences of biodiversity loss will be enormous for human health. Are we at the tipping point?

Special Series on Biodiversity and Human Health

Are we at the tipping point? How will our health be impacted?

What have we learned to protect honeybees from colony collapse disorder?

How the mysterious disappearance of bees is linked to pesticides and GMOs.

Global Environmental Threats: why they are hard to see and how a medical model may contribute to their understanding (Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy)

Why man-made changes to the global environment appear complicated and abstract.

Emerging Threats to Human Health from Global Environmental Change

A closer look at five major emerging public health threats stemming from changes to the natural environment.

Human Health Impacts of Ecosystem Alteration

Human activity is affecting nearly all of the Earth’s natural systems—this paper explores how these activities impact our health.

Why Doctors and Their Organisations Must Help Tackle Climate Change (BMJ)

In this essay for the British Medical Journal, Dr. Eric Chivian, founder of the Center, argues that doctors have the ability to help people understand the health consequences of climate change.

Human Health as a Judicious Conservation Opportunity

Evidence directly supporting links between ecosystem alteration and human health calls for the conservation and public health communities to proactively and jointly investigate this new area of study to build resilience and inform policy makers.

Biological Diversity and Public Health

How biodiversity loss threatens our wellbeing.

Causal Patterns in Science

Resources for teaching cause-and-effect in relation to environmental issues. 

EcoMUVE--Advancing Ecosystems Science Education

Teaching middle school students about ecosystems and causal patterns.

How Do You Teach Causality as It Relates to the Environment?

How teaching cause-and-effect in relation to environmental issues can transfer to new concepts in other areas of science.

What are Innovative Ways to Teach Causality? Part 1: Patterns in Science

Highlighting resources that focus on teaching causality as it relates to topics in physics and biology.

What Are Innovative Ways to Teach Causality? Part 2: Global Thinking

Featuring resources focused on teaching causality as it relates to environmental issues.

What Are Innovative Ways to Teach Causality? Part 3: Virtual Worlds

Exploring two resources designed to help students develop a deeper understanding of ecosystems and causal patterns: EcoMUVE and EcoMOBILE.

What Are Innovative Ways to Teach Causality? A Video Series

Resources to teach causality as it relates to environmental issues.

Congressional Briefing: A Cleaner, Healthier, Richer America

Benefits of biodiversity and the endangered species act.