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Life support

Human health and the environment

Most people have a vague idea that their health is linked to the environment but few understand just how important and intricate the connections are.

This issue of World Conservation explores the many ways our health challenges are linked to the environment and the profound impact we are having on the planet.

A broad range of articles explore how communicating the human health message can boost support for conservation and engage new partners. They look at what’s needed to ensure the sustainable use of medicinal plants, how to address the increasing spread of disease in the face of climate change, and the importance of nature to our spiritual and mental health.

 

Life support: Human health and the environment - wc - issue1 - 2009

Life support: Human health and the environment

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Losing it - WC - Issue 1 - 2009

Losing it

With the accelerating loss of biodiversity, we are losing critical opportunities to understand and fight human disease, says Eric Chivian.  | French | Spanish

07 Apr 2009 | News story
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Reaching out - WC - Issue 1 - 2009

Reaching out

The human health message can help engage new partners for wildlife conservation, says William B. Karesh.  | French | Spanish

06 Apr 2009 | News story
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Beyond borders - WC - Issue 1 - 2009

Beyond borders

With Transfrontier Conservation Areas, wildlife, domestic animals and people are coming into unprecedented contact. The threat of transmissible disease must be urgently addressed.  | French | Spanish

05 Apr 2009 | News story
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Saving lives, saving money - WC - Issue 1 - 2009

Saving lives, saving money

We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to align health, environment and economic objectives, say Maria Neira and Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum of the World Health Organization.  | French | Spanish

04 Apr 2009 | News story
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The road to recovery - WC - Issue 1 - 2009

The road to recovery

Jeffrey A. McNeely and Sue Mainka outline some of the measures that are needed to secure a future for medicinal biodiversity.  | French | Spanish

03 Apr 2009 | News story
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