Are Climate-Friendly Behaviors Contagious? + Other Stories

Every week, we corral our favorite wellness stories from around the internet—just in time for your weekend reading.

  • Thy Neighbor’s Solar Panels

    Thy Neighbor’s Solar Panels

    The Atlantic

    It’s human nature to go after what everyone else has. And that has the potential to save the planet. In this story from the March issue of The Atlantic, Cornell University economics professor Robert H. Frank offers a perspective on climate change that he finds hopeful: Climate-friendly behaviors could be contagious.


  • America’s Mental Health Crisis Hidden behind Bars

    America’s Mental Health Crisis Hidden behind Bars


    Over the past sixty-plus years, many mental health asylums and hospitals across the country have been shut down because of poor conditions and costs. Now the nation’s jails and prisons have become default mental health institutions, but treatment systems behind bars lack the support and funding they need to adequately help thousands of mentally ill inmates—a number that continues to rise as more people living with mental health issues continue to become incarcerated each day.


  • Industrial Pollution Is in Your Blood. Is That a Form of Battery?

    Industrial Pollution Is in Your Blood. Is That a Form of Battery?


    The theory of legal action over toxic battery isn’t new—since 1993, legal scholars have been discussing the idea that industrial contamination that affects our health could be charged the same way as if someone hit you or spit on you. But until recently, it had never been put into practice. Now attorneys combating PFAS contamination in one manufacturing town are including toxic battery along with negligence and nuisance in some suits against industrial polluters. The initial charges have been dismissed, but the argument lays new ground in the fight against environmental pollution.


  • Mental Health Researchers Ask: What Is “Recovery”?

    Mental Health Researchers Ask: What Is “Recovery”?

    The New York Times

    Determining whether someone has fully recovered from a mental health disorder is notoriously hard. Current psychiatric measures don’t address how people’s symptoms vary over time and whether a person has actually recovered or, instead, has just gotten better at living with their condition. Both may be equally valid.