What We're Reading: June 2015

Here's our top reading list for June!

1. The Sustainia100 guide to the world's most innovative sustainable solutions

Sustainia is a Danish think tank with a dignified award committee that includes Arnold Schwarzenegger and members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Health In Harmony and ASRI were honored to be featured in the Health category of the magazine, alongside 99 other inspiring solutions. You can find us on page 135, but be sure to read at least a few others!



2. "Habitat Destruction Is Exposing Us to a Dangerous New Form of Malaria" by Brian Palmer in Pacific Standard Magazine

Logging in Sandakan, Malaysia. (Photo: Angela Sevin/Flickr)

via Pacific Standard Magazine (Photo: Angela Sevin/Flickr)

If you're in the global health world, you may have heard of p. falciparum or p. vivax -- two of the several parasites that cause malaria. Now in northeastern Malaysia, a new malaria parasite is emerging: plasmodium knowlesi, which is the only strain known to infect humans and primates. Now experts believe that the rapid increase in the incidence of p. knowlesi malaria is due to deforestation, bringing humans into the jungle, which previously acted as a buffer from these diseases. Just another example of the fact that when the environment suffers, so do we.



3. "Illegal loggers, poachers turned into conservation activists" by Severianus Endi in the Jakarta Post

While the author never specifically mentions our partner ASRI, we're pretty sure that when he's referring to "illegal loggers becoming conservation activists" near Gunung Palung National Park, he's probably referring to their work. Similar projects are being conducted near West Bali National Park -- it is such a joy to see that these efforts are garnering recognition and making a positive impact on people's lives.


4. Changing Planet, Changing Health by Paul R. Epstein and Dan Ferber

Written by a physician and a science journalist, this book sheds light on how climate change is affecting disease patterns across the world. It focuses on specific cases and diseases, with great detail and a technical background that connects the dots between our health and the environment. And while you're at it, you should check out this week's webinar from the White House, "Your Health and Our Environment: How Can We Protect Both?"


5. "Protecting Land in Brazil Reduces Malaria and Others Diseases" by Sarah Zielinski in Smithsonian Magazine

via Smithsonian Magazine (Phototreat/iStock)

via Smithsonian Magazine (Photo: Phototreat/iStock)

A study featured in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that land with strict environmental protections has been linked to lower incidence of certain infectious diseases. A team from Duke University collected data from 700 municipalities from the Brazilian Amazon and compared incidence of diseases linked to environmental quality: malaria, diarrhea, and acute respiratory infections, to those that are not associated with the local ecology. The study concludes that there are public health benefits associated with strictly protected land -- another strong connection between human and environmental health.


About Darya Minovi | View all posts by Darya Minovi

Darya is the Communications and Outreach Manager at Health In Harmony, based in Portland, OR. After studying Public Health and Environmental Policy at the College of William and Mary, Darya knew she wanted to dedicate her career to protecting human and environmental health. When she's not at work, you can find Darya enjoying the great outdoors, exploring Portland's farmers markets, or watching live music.