Planetary health is an emerging field that recognizes a balance is needed among the global systems of land, air, water and life. It raises awareness about our looming crisis of rapidly growing populations juxtaposed against limited food and natural resources. Climate change adds more unpredictability and extreme events into the mix. Planetary health identifies solutions that will help populations, both human and animal, to foster resilience in the face of changing environments.
An international team of scientists has found that up to 20 percent loss in the annual maximum amount of water contained in the Western United States’ mountain snow pack in the last three decades is due to human influences.