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  • Leading Antarctic experts offer two possible views of continent's future
    on June 15, 2018 at 1:38 am

    The next 10 years will be critical for the future of Antarctica, and choices made will have long-lasting consequences, says an international group of Antarctic research scientists. It lays out two different plausible future scenarios for the continent and its Southern Ocean over the next 50 years. […]

  • Climate change has fish moving faster than regulations can keep up
    on June 15, 2018 at 1:37 am

    The world's system for allocating fish stocks is being outpaced by the movement of fish species in response to climate change, according to a study undertaken by an international team of marine ecologists, fisheries and social scientists, and lawyers. […]

  • Who is to blame for marine litter?
    on June 15, 2018 at 1:37 am

    Members of the public are more likely to blame the global marine litter crisis on retailers, industry and government, according to new research. […]

  • More harm than good: Assessing the nuclear arsenal tipping point
    on June 13, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    The first study of its kind shows how detrimental nuclear attack would be for the aggressor nation. […]

  • Disaster recovery requires rebuilding livelihoods
    on June 6, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    The short-term losses people suffer when natural disasters strike can turn into long-term poverty if reconstruction policies don't consider how people are going to make a living. […]

  • Global warming can be limited to 1.5°C by changing how we travel, heat homes, use devices
    on June 4, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Global warming can be limited to 1.5°C by unprecedented improvements in the energy efficiency of everyday activities, according to new research. […]

  • 'Carbon bubble' coming that could wipe trillions from the global economy
    on June 4, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Unlike current expectations, new research suggests that the prospects of the fossil-fuel industry are not bright, and that its demise may have profound economic and geopolitical consequences. Relying on ground breaking modelling techniques, researchers show that the consumption of fossil fuels will slow down or decline in the near future, as a result of ongoing technological change, potentially exacerbated by new climate policies. […]

  • Economic models significantly underestimate climate change risks
    on June 3, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Policymakers are being misinformed by the results of economic models that underestimate the future risks of climate change impacts, according to a new article. […]

  • Hydropower in Cambodia could threaten food security of region
    on May 31, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Farmers and anglers in Cambodia depend on the Mekong River's predictable seasonal patterns, but new dams for hydroelectricity are altering the hydrology of the river. These changes have the potential to threaten fish migration, livelihoods, and regional food security. […]

  • Global warming hits poorest hardest
    on May 30, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Australia will still be the lucky country when it comes to changes in local climate as a result of climate change if global average surface temperatures reach the 1.5°C or 2°C limit set by the Paris agreement. […]

  • Kicking the car(bon) habit better for air pollution than technology revolution
    on May 30, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Changing our lifestyles and the way we travel could have as big -- if not more of an impact on carbon dioxide transport emissions, as electric vehicles and the transport technology revolution, according to new research. The study uses Scotland as an example and suggests that, radical lifestyle change can show quicker results than the gradual transition to Electric Vehicles and phasing out of conventional petrol and diesel vehicles. […]

  • China floods to hit US economy: Climate effects through trade chains
    on May 28, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Fluvial floods will increase due to human-made climate change, in particular in China. This might raise direct and indirect economic losses along the global supply and trade chains. The US is susceptible to indirect climate-related economic losses due to its negative trade balance with China. Trump's tariffs might further reduce the resilience of the US economy. […]

  • Lack of paid sick leave increases poverty
    on May 24, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    A new study has quantified, for the first time, the relationship between lack of paid sick leave and poverty in the United States. The data indicates that, even when controlling for education, race, sex, marital status and employment, working adults without paid sick leave are three times more likely to have incomes below the poverty line. People without paid sick leave benefits also are more likely to experience food insecurity and require welfare services. […]

  • Behavioral health workforce faces critical challenges in meeting population needs
    on May 17, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    The US mental health system faces considerable challenges in delivering behavioral healthcare to populations in need. […]

  • Major shifts in global freshwater
    on May 16, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    A new global, satellite-based study of Earth's freshwater found that Earth's wet areas are getting wetter, while dry areas are getting drier. The data suggest this pattern is due to many factors, including human water management practices, human-caused climate change and natural climate cycles. […]

  • Gender discrimination results in the deaths of extra 239,000 girls per year in India
    on May 14, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    A new study has found that there is an average of 239,000 excess deaths per year of girls under the age of five in India, or 2.4 million in a decade, and excess female child mortality is found in 90 percent of districts in the country. […]

  • New phase of globalization could undermine efforts to reduce CO2 emissions
    on May 14, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    New research reveals the growth of carbon production from Chinese exports has slowed or reversed, reflecting a 'new phase of globalization' between developing countries that could undermine international efforts to reduce emissions. The study found that trade among developing nations -- known as South-South trade -- more than doubled between 2004 and 2011. […]

  • Carbon satellite to serve as an important tool for politicians and climate change experts
    on May 8, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    A new satellite that measures and provides detailed carbon balance information is one of the most important new tools in carbon measurement since infrared light. The researchers expect the satellite to be a valuable tool for the UN's work on climate change related to the Paris climate accord. […]

  • Importing food damages domestic environment
    on May 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Trees falling as fragile forests become cropland is a visual shorthand for the environmental costs exporting countries pay to meet lucrative global demands for food. Yet a new study reveals a counterintuitive truth: Importing food also damages homeland ecology. In this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at Michigan State University and their colleagues show that the decisions domestic farmers must make as imported food changes the crop market can damage the environment. […]

  • Global tourism carbon footprint quantified in world first
    on May 7, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    The world's tourism footprint has been quantified across the supply chain, with the carbon-intensive industry revealed as a significant and growing contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Small islands attract a disproportionate share of GHG emissions per capita, through international arrivals, while the US is responsible for the majority of tourism-generated emissions overall. The research fills a gap noted by United Nations bodies and notes that carbon-intensive air-travel is not included in international climate commitments. […]

  • Temperature swings to hit poor countries hardest
    on May 3, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Temperature fluctuations that are amplified by climate change will hit the world's poorest countries hardest, new research suggests. […]

  • Food industry should reduce food product portion sizes, experts urge
    on April 30, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    New research highlights the benefits of the food industry changing food product portion sizes in order to make healthier eating more normal. […]

  • Climate change not the key driver of human conflict and displacement in East Africa
    on April 24, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Over the last 50 years climate change has not been the key driver of the human displacement or conflict in East Africa, rather it is politics and poverty, according to new research. […]

  • Are millennials taking over the supply chain?
    on April 16, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    The way you get a cup of coffee, cook a meal at home and even purchase clothing is changing. Each consumer wants something completely unique, which has disrupted the entire supply chain and created the 'experiential supply chain.' […]

  • Geoengineering risks losers as well as winners for climate and wildfire risks
    on April 9, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Artificially altering the climate system to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius could increase the risks of wildfires in some areas, new research suggests. […]

  • Public willing to pay to improve ecosystem water quality
    on March 28, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Researchers have found in a nationwide survey that members of the public are more willing to pay for improved water quality than other ecosystem services such as flood control or protecting wildlife habitats. […]

  • Worldwide degradation of land and nature threatens prosperity and wellbeing
    on March 27, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    The world’s prosperity and wellbeing are seriously being threatened by the degradation of land and nature. Although there are opportunities to turn things around, fears of further deterioration in the coming decades must not be taken lightly. […]

  • Canada–US Free Trade Agreement (CUSFTA) increased caloric intake in Canada
    on March 27, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    A new study shows that the 1989 Canada-US Free Trade Agreement (CUSFTA) was associated with an increase in caloric availability of approximately 170 kilocalories per person per day in Canada. These findings suggest that the rise in caloric intake and obesity in Canada since the early 1990s can be partially attributed to its close trade and investment arrangements with the US. […]

  • Blood lead levels of Flint children before and after water crisis
    on March 26, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Flint children's blood lead levels were nearly three times higher almost a decade before the year of the Flint water crisis, new research shows. […]

  • Cutting greenhouse gas emissions would help spare cities worldwide from rising seas
    on March 21, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Coastal cities worldwide would face a reduced threat from sea level rise if society reduced greenhouse gas emissions, with especially significant benefits for New York and other US East Coast cities, new research indicates. […]