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June 26, 2022

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Including All Types of Emissions Shortens Timeline to Reach Paris Agreement Temperature Targets

Looking beyond carbon dioxide emissions to include other human-generated pollutants, like methane, nitrogen oxide and particulate pollution, changes ...

A 50% Reduction in Emissions by 2030 Can Be Achieved. Here's How

To prevent the worst outcomes from climate change, the U.S. will need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% in the next eight years. Scientists from around the nation have developed a blueprint ...

Scientists Show That at Least 44 Percent of Earth's Land Requires Conservation to Safeguard Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

New research reveals that 44 percent of Earth's land area -- some 64 million square kilometers (24.7 million square miles) requires conservation to ...

Producers and Consumers Must Share Burden of Global Plastic Packaging Waste

Plastic packaging waste is everywhere. Our plastic bottles, food wrappings, and grocery bags litter the landscape and pollute the global environment. A new study explores the global patterns of ...
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Can Robotics Help Us Achieve Sustainable Development?

Scientists have assessed how robotics and autonomous systems might facilitate or impede the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Their findings identify key opportunities and key ...

Attitudes Around Older Motherhood Too Often Emphasize Risk and Pregnancy Timing

A political science professor argues that much of the official language around older motherhood is rooted in both ageism and ableism, as well as being out of step with current childbirth trends. The ...

75% of Teens Aren't Getting Recommended Daily Exercise

Three out of every four teens aren't getting enough exercise, and this lack is even more pronounced among female students. But new research suggests improving a school's climate can ...

Mangrove and Reef Restoration Yield Positive Returns on Investment for Flood Protection, Study Shows

Restoration of mangroves and coral reefs can be a cost-effective solution for coastal flood reduction in more than 20 countries across the Caribbean. Researchers used methods from the risk and ...

Preventing Adverse Birth Outcomes Could Boost Education, Income

Reducing the excess prevalence of low birthweight, preterm birth or small-for-gestational-age birth in low- and middle-income countries may lead to substantial long-term human capital gains when it ...

Removing Barriers to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Shows Success During Pandemic

Pandemic-era changes to prescribing guidelines for the lifesaving drug buprenorphine led to improved treatment outcomes for patients with opioid use disorder in Philadelphia, according to a recently ...

A New Data-Driven Model Could Provide a Powerful Policy Planning Tool to Combat the Nation's Opioid Crisis

A team of public health modelers and substance use experts has developed a dynamic model based on national data from 1999 to 2020 that tracks the evolution of the opioid crisis for public policy ...

High Cost of Cancer Care in the U.S. Doesn't Reduce Mortality Rates

In a new study, researchers find that the U.S. spends twice as much as the average high-income country on cancer care, but only has slightly better mortality ...

Firearms Are Leading Cause of Death Among U.S. Youth

Firearms are now the leading cause of death for children and adolescents 0-19 years of age, with a staggering 83 percent increase in youth firearm fatalities over the past decade, according to a ...

Critical Global Water Questions

Recent intense heatwaves in India and widespread US droughts have highlighted the need for a global approach to tackling chronic water shortages. Now, new research has drawn together expert voices ...

Wealthiest Homeowners Most at Risk of Wildfire Hazard

The top ten per cent most valuable homes in the western United States are 70% more likely to be in high wildfire hazard areas than median-value properties, according to a new ...

People Must Be 'Heart' of Climate Action

Tackling the climate crisis can only be achieved by 'placing people at the heart of climate action', researchers ...

Nearly 108,000 Overdose Deaths in US in 2021

A grim prediction made half a decade ago by epidemiologists and modelers has come true: More than 100,000 people are now dying from drug overdoses annually in the ...

COVID Vaccine Trial Locations Influenced in Vaccine Efficacy Results

A new study shows that COVID vaccine trials conducted in geographic locations with low infection rates had higher efficacy results, compared to trials in locations with high infection ...

Curbing Other Climate Pollutants, Not Just CO2, Gives Earth a Chance

Slashing emissions of carbon dioxide by itself isn't enough to prevent catastrophic global warming, a new study shows. But if we simultaneously also reduce emissions of methane and other often ...

California Shellfish Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

Researchers interviewed California shellfish growers to find out how they perceive ocean acidification, and to learn what strategies they think will help their operations adapt to changing ...

Children With Same-Sex Parents Are Socially Well-Adjusted

Difficult social and legal conditions are stress factors for same-sex families, but do not affect the behavior of children and young people with same-sex parents, new research ...

Climate Change Likely to Reduce the Amount of Sleep That People Get Per Year

Most research looking at the impact of climate change on human life has focused on how extreme weather events affect economic and societal health outcomes on a broad scale. Yet climate change may ...

How a Cognitive Bias Is Blocking the Rise of Electric Cars

What are the barriers to the adoption of electric cars? Although the main financial and technological obstacles have been removed, their market share still needs to increase. In a recent study, a ...

Cooperation Rewards Water Utilities

Inter-utility water agreements can help mitigate risks, in research that used supercomputer simulations of water supply in the North Carolina Research Triangle. Findings are generalizable to any ...

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