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Giant Middle East Dust Storm Caused by a Changing Climate, Not Human Conflict

January 13, 2017 ・ Matt Soniak for the Office of Engineering Communications

Researchers have determined that the massive late-summer 2015 dust storm in the Middle East was caused by a changing climate and was not attributable to the civil war in Syria, as many media outlets reported.

PEI Faculty Seminar Series Video: Lead Exposure and the Black-White Test Score Gap

February 9, 2016 ・ Igor Heifetz

We consider a new source of racial disparities in test scores: African American students’ disproportionate exposure to environmental toxins, and, in particular, lead. Using a unique individual-level dataset of children’s preschool lead levels linked with future educational outcomes for children…

300 Million Children Breathe Highly Toxic Air, Unicef Reports

October 31, 2016 ・ Igor Heifetz

Ramanan Laxminarayan quoted in the New York Times discussing the impact of air pollution on children in India and China.

United Nations to Address Antimicrobial Resistance

August 31, 2016 ・ Melissa Policicchio for the Princeton Environmental Institute

PEI interviews PEI senior research scholar Ramanan Laxminarayan about antimicrobial resistance.

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UN High-Level Meeting on Antimicrobials—What Do We Need?

July 18, 2016 ・ Ramanan Laxminarayan

Laxminarayan comments that sustainable access to effective antimicrobials is a prerequisite for achieving several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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Household Fuels Exceed Power Plants and Cars as Source of Smog in Beijing

June 27, 2016 ・ John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications

New research by Denise Mauzerall and colleagues indicates China could improve air quality by reducing residential emissions.

Q&A: Lead Exposure and Water Contamination in Flint, Michigan

February 12, 2016 ・ Kristina Graff and B. Rose Huber

Since the discovery that its water supply had been contaminated with unsafe levels of lead, Flint, Michigan has been under a state of emergency. Lawmakers are grappling with how to address the situation, state investigators are saying their examination could…

Q&A: Fighting the Zika Virus

February 8, 2016 ・ Rose Huber

President Barack Obama is urging Congress to provide $1.8 billion in emergency funding to combat Zika virus, a mosquito-borne illness that has spread into more than 20 countries across Latin America since May 2015.

Tackling Antibiotic Resistance: What Do We Know and What Do We Need to Know?

July 15, 2015 ・ Holly Welles

Ramanan Laxminarayan explains why our antibiotics no longer work as well as they used to and discusses what we can do about it.