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  • Understanding alternative reasons for denying climate change could help bridge divide
    on August 15, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Scientists have explored alternative reasons for climate change denial, specifically economic, social or cultural influences on why individuals or entire communities remain skeptical of climate change. […]

  • Environmental policy, pollution and economic growth
    on August 9, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Air pollution policy reduces the extent to which population growth in metropolitan areas results in increased pollution emissions without disrupting the economic growth from this urbanization, new research shows. […]

  • Prairie-chicken nests appear unaffected by wind energy facility
    on August 9, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Wind energy development in the Great Plains is increasing, spurring concern about its potential effects on grassland birds, the most rapidly declining avian group in North America. However, a new study suggests that for one grassland bird species of concern -- the greater prairie-chicken -- wind energy infrastructure has little to no effect on nesting. Instead, roads and livestock grazing remain the most significant threats to its successful reproduction. […]

  • Desert tortoises can't take the heat of roadside fencing
    on August 5, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Desert tortoises pace back and forth and can overheat by roadside fencing meant to help them, according to a study new study. […]

  • Why is conducting research in some countries so difficult?
    on August 4, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Low- and middle-income countries such as Brazil face a lack of epidemiological data, and one of the key priorities for researchers is developing high-quality surveys. Investigators have now studied the difficulties in conducting a longitudinal epidemiological survey in a school-based sample in Brazil. […]

  • Scientists link biodiversity genomics with museum wisdom through new public database
    on August 3, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    A new publicly available database will catalog metadata associated with biologic samples, making it easier for researchers to share and reuse genetic data for environmental and ecological analyses. It links publicly available genetic data to records of where and when samples were collected. Such information is critical for comparing biodiversity in different locations worldwide, across time. Despite calls for more data sharing within the research community, researchers have until now lacked the tools they needed. […]

  • Vertical axis wind turbines can offer cheaper electricity for urban and suburban areas
    on August 3, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Small vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) possess the ability to effectively operate in the presence of high turbulent flow, which makes them ideal energy harvesting devices in urban and suburban environments. In a new article, researchers present results indicating that an optimally designed VAWT system can financially compete with fossil-fuel based power plants in urban and suburban areas, and even spearhead the development of a net-zero energy building or city. […]

  • Dramatic changes needed in farming practices to keep pace with climate change
    on August 3, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Researchers investigating nutrients in runoff from agricultural land warn that phosphorus losses will increase, due to climate change, unless this is mitigated by making major changes to agricultural practices. […]

  • Students at two-year colleges and vocational schools more likely to be hungry
    on August 2, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    For the majority of college students, having enough food is not on the list of challenges they face in their education. However, a recent study shows that, for students in two-year colleges and vocational schools, hunger is definitely one of the problems they face and can impede their ability to succeed in college. […]

  • What does trophy hunting contribute to wild lion conservation?
    on July 31, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Trophy hunting of lions, the killing of selected individual animals for sport, is highly controversial, and there is much debate about what it contributes to conservation. A new article highlights significant 'unknowns' that thwart conservationists from making any robust conclusions. […]

  • Scientists identify optimal areas for conservation and agriculture in the tropics
    on July 27, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    A team of researchers has recently completed a global study on the trade-offs between the benefits provided by tropical forests and its conversion for agricultural use. The team examined deforestation activities of more than 50 countries in the tropics between 2000 to 2012, and identified regions where deforestation is most and least beneficial. […]

  • From volunteer to decision-maker: How parents can play a greater role in schools
    on July 24, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Schools tend to offer parents opportunities to volunteer that not only reinforce the top-down power structure of schools, but also cater to mostly white, privileged families, maintaining the institutionalized racism that marginalizes low-income families and families of color. What schools and districts can do instead is partner with families in meaningful ways. […]

  • Tough robots making an ImPACT
    on July 21, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    New and improved rescue robots tough enough to function in extreme and hostile environments were unveiled recently at a demonstration at Tohoku University, Japan. […]

  • Shale gas development spurring spread of invasive plants in Pennsylvania forests
    on July 20, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Vast swaths of Pennsylvania forests were clear-cut circa 1900 and regrowth has largely been from local native plant communities, but a team of researchers has found that invasive, non-native plants are making significant inroads with unconventional natural gas development. […]

  • Search and rescue dogs do their jobs despite travel stress
    on July 20, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    When disaster strikes, you want the very best tools, functioning at their peak. In the case of catastrophic earthquakes, tornadoes, or even bombings in war zones, those tools are search and rescue dogs. But researchers have found that getting dogs to disaster sites can add to the animals' stress. […]

  • Conserve intact forest landscapes to maximize biodiversity, reduce extinction risk
    on July 19, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    A new global analysis of forest habitat loss and wildlife extinction risk shows that species most at risk live in areas just beginning to see the impacts of human activities such as hunting, mining, logging and ranching. […]

  • Teaching science subjects without training
    on July 19, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Despite efforts from No Child Left Behind to promote 'highly qualified' teaching, recent research shows that just 36 percent of new secondary science teachers are teaching only in their trained subject. […]

  • Health insurance costs threaten farm viability
    on July 19, 2017 at 2:18 am

    64 percent of American farmers have preexisting conditions, research has found. A lack of access to affordable health insurance is a major worry and a significant risk factor for farmers, the study found. […]

  • Urbanization, electricity are not to blame for sleep loss
    on July 18, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    The sleeping patterns of people from two neighboring communities in Mozambique – the small electrified urban town Milange and the non-electrified rural community Tengua -- were the focus of a recent sleep study. […]

  • Ecological underpinnings of rural poverty
    on July 14, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    A first-of-its-kind effort to examine the ecological drivers of rural poverty combines economic, ecological and epidemiological models. The lessons learned could inform interventions to lift people out of poverty. […]

  • Unabated climate change would reverse the development gains in Asia, report suggests
    on July 14, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Unabated climate change would bring devastating consequences to countries in Asia and the Pacific, which could severely affect their future growth, reverse current development gains, and degrade quality of life, according to a report. […]

  • 'Eelevator' project helps eels survive journey through New York waters
    on July 10, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    An “eelevator” is helping American eels survive their harrowing journey from the Atlantic Ocean to the Hudson River and into rivers in or near New York City. […]

  • Without HOV policies, urban traffic gets much, much worse
    on July 6, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Cities plagued with terrible traffic problems may be overlooking a simple, low-cost solution: High-occupancy vehicle (HOV) policies that encourage carpooling can reduce traffic drastically, according to a new study. […]

  • Computer vision algorithm used to study Google Street View images for signs of urban change
    on July 6, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Computer vision algorithms have been used to examine millions of Google Street View images to measure whether and how urban areas are changing. The study found that two key demographic characteristics - high density and high education - play important roles in urban improvement, and showed support for three classical theories of urban change. […]

  • In urban Baltimore, poor neighborhoods have more mosquitoes
    on June 30, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    In Baltimore, Maryland, neighborhoods with high levels of residential abandonment are hotspots for tiger mosquitoes (Aedes albopictus), new research concludes. This environmental injustice may leave low-income urban residents more vulnerable to mosquito-borne disease. […]

  • How does municipal waste collection affect climate change?
    on June 29, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Researchers suggest a new methodology to assess the environmental impact of the containers used for the collection of urban waste. […]

  • Revitalizing Detroit requires development of specific neighborhoods
    on June 28, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Debuting a new economic model, a team of researchers has identified 22 Detroit neighborhoods that, if developed, could bring in millions of dollars and attract thousands of residents. […]

  • Regulating the indirect land use carbon emissions imposes high hidden costs on fuel
    on June 27, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Biofuel policies like the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard in California are trying to minimize the indirect land use change related emissions by accounting for the indirect land use change factor as part of the carbon emissions per gallon of biofuels. A new study examines the costs and benefits of using this approach at a national level. […]

  • Rising seas could result in 2 billion refugees by 2100
    on June 26, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    In the year 2100, 2 billion people -- about one-fifth of the world's population -- could become climate change refugees due to rising ocean levels. Those who once lived on coastlines will face displacement and resettlement bottlenecks as they seek habitable places inland, according to new research. […]

  • Flooding risk: America's most vulnerable communities
    on June 21, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Floods are the natural disaster that kill the most people. They are also the most common natural disaster. As the threat of flooding increases worldwide, a group of scientists have gathered valuable information on flood hazard, exposure and vulnerability in counties throughout the US. […]