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  • California's water saving brings bonus effects
    on January 12, 2018 at 3:40 am

    Water-saving measures in California have also led to substantial reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and electricity consumption in the state. […]

  • Grocery store program improves farmers' adoption of environmental practices
    on January 9, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    In one of the first analyses of a company-led sustainability program in the food and agriculture space, researchers found a major grocery chain fostered increased adoption of environmental practices at the farm level. […]

  • Geopolitical risks to US oil supply lowest since the early 1970s
    on January 5, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    The geopolitical risks to the United States' oil supply are the lowest since the early 1970s, due to fracking, climate action and a more diverse global supply, according to a new paper. America's energy prosperity contrasts with a more fraught period for energy-exporting countries where geopolitical challenges have been compounded by fiscal stress and rising domestic energy demand, the authors said. […]

  • Hotter temperatures will accelerate migration of asylum-seekers to Europe
    on December 21, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Researchers predict a rising number of asylum-seekers to the EU as global temperatures increase. […]

  • Political instability and weak governance lead to loss of species, study finds
    on December 20, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Big data study of global biodiversity shows ineffective national governance is a better indicator of species decline than any other measure of 'anthropogenic impact.' Even protected conservation areas make little difference in countries that struggle with socio-political stability. […]

  • Scientists simulate the climate of Game of Thrones
    on December 20, 2017 at 2:54 am

    Winter is coming ... as anyone who watches the hit TV series, Game of Thrones, knows. Some even have their own theories for what causes the strange extended seasons in that world of dragons, kings, queens, and magic. But scientists have gone one stage further, by using a Climate Model to simulate and explore the climate of the world of Game of Thrones. […]

  • Expanding solar energy without encroaching on potential farmland and conservation areas
    on December 19, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    As the world tries to combat climate change, sustainable forms of energy are on the rise. Solar energy is of particular interest, but arrays of photovoltaic panels take up a lot of space and can compete for prime food-producing land. Now researchers have found plenty of places to install solar devices without taking up arable land, while generating enough power to help regions meet their energy goals. […]

  • Achieving sustainable resource use attainable through science of cooperation
    on December 18, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Societies can achieve environmental sustainability by nurturing cooperation, according to researchers. […]

  • How much soil goes down the drain: New data on soil lost due to water
    on December 15, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    According to a new study, almost 36 billion tons of soil is lost every year due to water, and deforestation and other changes in land use make the problem worse. The study also offers ideas on how agriculture can change to become a part of the solution from being part of the problem. […]

  • Researchers shine a spotlight on illegal wild orchid trade
    on December 14, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Large-scale commercial trade of wild orchids is a pressing, but little-recognized conservation problem, according to researchers. […]

  • Will people eat relish made from 'waste' ingredients? Study finds they may even prefer it
    on December 12, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    A new study found strong potential for consumer acceptance of a new category of foods created from discarded ingredients. But the big question has been this: Will consumers accept products made from ingredients that were destined for the garbage? Would a person actually eat -- and pay for -- a granola bar made from spent brewing grains or a relish made from vegetables unfit for the supermarket? […]

  • Some doctors back legal action to force UK government to cut carbon emissions
    on December 8, 2017 at 2:41 am

    18 health professionals are supporting campaign group Plan B's legal challenge to force the government to revise its 2050 carbon target, saying it is inconsistent with the Paris Agreement temperature objective. […]

  • More-severe climate model predictions could be the most accurate
    on December 6, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    The climate models that project greater amounts of warming this century are the ones that best align with observations of the current climate, according to a article. Their findings suggest that the models used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, on average, may be underestimating future warming. […]

  • Consumption is the bottleneck for sustainable development
    on November 30, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    From ending poverty to improving wellbeing, gender equality, cities' resilience or climate action -- while synergies among most of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) foster progress in sustainable development, there are some key conflicts or bottlenecks that could hamper achieving the SDG objectives for 2030. Responsible consumption and production seems to be such a bottleneck, as data from the past shows. […]

  • In harm's way: About half of hydraulically fractured wells exist within 2 to 3 kilometers of...
    on November 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    About half of hydraulically fractured wells exist within 2 to 3 kilometers of domestic groundwater systems, warn researchers. […]

  • Carbon capture is helped by oil revenue, but it may not be enough
    on November 27, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    The oil industry incentivises the development of carbon-capturing tech, but researchers say this will not reduce emissions to low enough levels. […]

  • The world needs to rethink the value of water
    on November 24, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    New research highlights the accelerating pressure on measuring, monitoring and managing water locally and globally. A new four-part framework is proposed to value water for sustainable development to guide better policy and practice. […]

  • China's reversing emission flows revealed by research
    on November 23, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    The flow of China's carbon emissions has reversed, according to new research. The study estimates the carbon implications of recent changes in the country's economic development patterns and role in international trade since the global financial crisis. […]

  • EU trade ban brings down global trade in wild birds by 90 percent
    on November 22, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Trade of wild birds has dropped 90 percent globally since EU banned bird imports in 2005. A new study demonstrates how it decreased the number of birds traded annually from 1.3 million to 130,000. International trade of wild birds is a root cause of exotic birds spreading worldwide. […]

  • Engineers model the California reservoir network
    on November 22, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    An empirical model of 55 of California's major reservoirs reveals how they respond to shifting drought conditions and to one another. […]

  • Climate changes triggered immigration to America in the 19th century, study finds
    on November 21, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    From Trump to Heinz, some of America's most famous family names and brands trace their origins back to Germans who emigrated to the country in the 19th century. Researchers have now found that climate was a major factor in driving migration from Southwest Germany to North America during the 19th century. […]

  • Peace, equality and prosperity all depend on affordable clean energy, study shows
    on November 20, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    The UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals are aimed at achieving equality, securing global peace and ending extreme poverty -- an ambitious agenda that will require a wide-range of conditions to be met. But one requirement lies at the center of most of the SDGs: that people have access to clean, affordable energy, says a new study. […]

  • U.S. health care system unprepared to move future Alzheimer's treatment into rapid clinical use
    on November 15, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Advanced clinical trials are underway for at least 10 investigational therapies that have shown promise in slowing or blocking development of Alzheimer's disease, creating hope that a preventive strategy may be in reach. But a new study warns that the U.S. health care system lacks the capacity to rapidly move such a treatment into wide clinical use, a shortcoming that could leave millions of people without access to transformative care if such a breakthrough occurs. […]

  • No-growth economy could mean fewer crashes and higher wages, study shows
    on November 10, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    An economy based on zero growth could be more stable -- experiencing fewer crashes -- and bring higher wages, suggests a new study. […]

  • Extensive loss of trees in African savannas: Blame human-started fires not elephants
    on November 8, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Elephants are often blamed for extensive loss of woody vegetation in Northern Botswana, but study results suggest that this may not be the case. […]

  • Improving climate observations offers major return on investment
    on November 8, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    A well-designed climate observing system could help scientists answer knotty questions about climate while delivering trillions of dollars in benefits by providing decision makers information they need to protect public health and the economy in the coming decades. […]

  • Swapping where crops are grown could feed an extra 825 million people
    on November 6, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Redrawing the global map of crop distribution on existing farmland could help meet growing demand for food and biofuels in coming decades, while significantly reducing water stress in agricultural areas. […]

  • Fisheries given a solution to overharvesting
    on November 1, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Many commercial fisheries are threatened by overharvesting. However, they can't address the problem because of inadequate scientific information, from overall population numbers to data on how fast fish grow and reproduce. Researchers have developed a model using information about landed fish catches and prices for any species. This model allows fisheries to net enough to meet rising demand while ensuring adequate income and replenishment of natural stocks. […]

  • Dissecting effects of 1960s anti-poverty programs on present US
    on November 1, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Researchers trace the history and effects of New Careers, a 1960s federal anti-poverty program. While it helped expand the nonprofit sector, it also perpetuated inequality in urban areas. […]

  • Political views have limited impact on how we perceive climate anomalies
    on October 31, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Individual perceptions of climate anomalies are largely immune to political bias, especially when people observe large and persistent departures from average conditions. […]