So what is the line between allowing people to do what they want with their bodies—including addictive and/or dangerous drugs—and using public policies and funds to facilitate it? [...] Seattle is considering where those lines might be drawn in a proposed program to create a safe space for the consumption of heroin. [...] They propose a supervised facility where heroin addicts could get clean needles, shoot up, and access medication to prevent overdoses. They'd also be able to use the facility to get treatment.
2016-08-23 | reason.comRead More
Breathing is the most basic function of our bodies, we do it all day, every day. So it's hard to think of an environmental issue which is less discriminating than air pollution. It affects us all. As Andrew Grieve, air quality analyst from King's College London says, the effect is cumulative, from your first breath to your last breath. Little kids, older people, people who have respiratory conditions. Everyone is exposed. And yet by the same token because of its huge impact, any reduction, however small, benefits us all.
2016-08-19 | edition.cnn.comRead More
The frenetic, isolating nature of city life can be a day-to-day struggle for millions of people. An environmental cocktail of densely packed streets and homes, cramped and lengthy commutes and noise pollution as well as significant pockets of poverty and deprivation can take their toll. As a result, mental ill health and urban life are inextricably linked. With urban areas expected to house two-thirds of the world’s population by 2050 and some cities, such as in China, undergoing unprecedented expansion, the relationship between urban environments and mental health [...]
2016-08-17 | theguardian.comRead More