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We are at War with Nature' – and We Urgently Need to Make Peace

In the battle to ensure humankind's survival on this planet, the loss of one species – like the Malayan tiger – might not seem like a lot. Yet every single animal and plant we lose forever is another step towards the extinction of the human race.

Beyond the Hippocratic Oath: A Planetary Health Pledge for the Malaysian Medical Community

We now live in the Anthropocene Age, an age where humans are the most significant force shaping the planet’s climate and ecosystems. Without adequate levels of care for the larger planet that we live on, both human health and human development are compromised.

Safeguarding Human Health in the Anthropocene Epoch

Far-reaching changes to the structure and function of the Earth's natural systems represent a growing threat to human health. And yet, global health has mainly improved as these changes have gathered pace. What is the explanation?

Tackling the Politics of Intersectoral Action for the Health of People and Planet

Kent Buse and colleagues argue that unlocking the potential for intersectoral action on climate and health requires thinking politically about its facilitators and barriers.

Pathways Linking Climate Change and HIV/AIDS: An Updated Conceptual Framework and Implications for the Philippines

While the pathways that link climate change and different disease areas are better understood, the connection between climate change and HIV/AIDS is still yet to be recognized both in research and practice. This review features one of the frameworks on the HIV-climate nexus described in earlier…

The future belongs to the youth, it's time we listen to them

Our country is poorly prepared for the larger planetary health crisis.

Indonesia: Why Planetary Health Should Be on the Menu for the G20 Chair

At the World Economic Forum meeting in Geneva in January, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, the Group of Twenty (G20) chair in 2022, announced that he will focus on strengthening global health architecture, with an emphasis on building resilience in the face of pandemics.

Health of Our Planet Impacts Our Own Wellness

This was a joint column with Tan Sri Dr Jemilah Mahmood, Sunway Centre for Planetary Health executive director, Malaysian and Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. They both stress the need to urgently think about and address how the health of our planet impacts our own individual wellness.

Malaysia is drowning in uneaten food – 6 steps you can take to help stop food waste

Food waste is a really serious element of the planetary health crisis and one of the issues that we have the most power to change by our individual behaviours.

Tackling Air Pollution in the Philippines

Even after three decades since the passage of the country's Clean Air Act, the Philippines is still nowhere near achieving comprehensive air pollution control.

Financing the Future of WHO

WHO's resources have consistently lagged behind its constitutional mandate. There is a deep misalignment between what governments and the public expect WHO to do and what the organization is resourced to do.

5 Things You Can Do To Reduce Your Food's Carbon Footprint

This destruction of our ecosystems simply to satisfy our appetites is problematic from a planetary health perspective.