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The Importance of Environmental Practices in Poverty Alleviation

Alleviating poverty is a worthy endeavor pursued by many organizations. However, studies show that in some cases there are unintended negative impacts upon the environment. The goal to alleviate poverty without environmental damage can be challenging. For example, an organization might teach improved farming techniques and assume that if followed the effects will be positive.

2020-09-17T08:47:00-05:00Tags: |

The U.S. can be powered 100% by renewable energy. How do we get there?

A study by Stanford scholar Mark Z. Jacobson and a team of researchers at both Stanford University and the University of California at Berkley in 2015 created a road map for a 100% renewable future. Ambitious? Sure. Unlikely? Perhaps. Skeptics shot it down, optimists pointed to it for inspiration. Since 2015, it’s been basically debunked. (It

Life and Death in Our Hot Future Will Be Shaped by Today’s Income Inequality

It’s one of the scariest questions facing billions of humans on a hotter planet: How many of us will die from extreme heat in the decades ahead? Your future risk of dying from heat will be determined more than anything else by where you live and the local consequences of today’s economic inequality. That’s the

Climate change and COVID-19: The denial playbook is the same

The phrase "every disaster movie begins with a scientist being ignored" resonates more than ever as two disasters unfold: the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. One is occurring with horrifying rapidity and one more slowly; both would be far less damaging if scientific advice were heeded earlier. In the United States, the Trump administration has responded to the COVID-19 crisis using

Potentially fatal combinations of humidity and heat

Most everyone knows that humid heat is harder to handle than the "dry" kind. And recently, some scientists have projected that later in the century, in parts of the tropics and subtropics, warming climate could cause combined heat and humidity to reach levels rarely if ever experienced before by humans. Such conditions would ravage economies,

2020-05-15T17:08:31-05:00Tags: |

What the biggest collapse in air pollution levels actually looks like

As countries begin to emerge from lockdowns, the full impact of coronavirus containment measures on the environment is becoming clear – including 11,000 fewer deaths from air pollution in Europe alone. With more than half of the world’s population under lockdown in late April, emissions from road and air traffic plummeted. Reduced energy demand more

2020-05-14T14:53:27-05:00Tags: |

COVID-19 lockdowns significantly impacting global air quality

Levels of two major air pollutants have been drastically reduced since lockdowns began in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a secondary pollutant -- ground-level ozone -- has increased in China, according to new research. Two new studies in AGU's journal Geophysical Research Letters find nitrogen dioxide pollution over northern China, Western Europe and the

2020-05-12T09:22:19-05:00Tags: |

Human-driven pollution alters the environment even underground

The Monte Conca cave system on the island of Sicily is a vast system of springs and pools, sitting below a nature preserve. It might be presumed to be one of the few places untouched by human-driven pollution. But new research published by a USF microbiology and geoscience team has found that even below ground,

2020-05-11T09:16:00-05:00Tags: |

How One Entrepreneur’s Bamboo Bikes Are Changing Lives

Bernice Dapaah started Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative as way to create jobs for Ghana's youth. "The company uses Ghana's own grown bamboo to manufacture bicycles instead of steel," Dapaah told Jessica Abo. "The company is already helping reverse CO2 emissions that will come from the transport sector between 2005 and 2030." Daapah is an alumni of

2020-05-10T07:50:04-05:00Tags: |

Winter warm spells see an increase in UK temperature records

Warm winter spells have increased in frequency and duration two- to three times over since 1878, according to scientists led by the University of Warwick. In a new analysis of historical daily temperature data published in the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, scientists from the Department of Physics at the University of Warwick, the

2020-05-07T09:09:50-05:00Tags: |

Wetter climate is likely to intensify global warming

A study in the May 6th issue of Nature indicates the increase in rainfall forecast by global climate models is likely to hasten the release of carbon dioxide from tropical soils, further intensifying global warming by adding to human emissions of this greenhouse gas into Earth's atmosphere. Based on analysis of sediments cored from the

2020-05-07T09:04:52-05:00Tags: |

Climate change has been influencing where tropical cyclones rage

While the global average number of tropical cyclones each year has not budged from 86 over the last four decades, climate change has been influencing the locations of where these deadly storms occur, according to new NOAA-led research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. New research indicates that the number of tropical

2020-05-05T11:04:20-05:00Tags: |

Intensive farming increases risk of epidemics

Overuse of antibiotics, high animal numbers and low genetic diversity caused by intensive farming techniques increase the likelihood of pathogens becoming a major public health risk, according to new research led by UK scientists. An international team of researchers led by the Universities of Bath and Sheffield, investigated the evolution of Campylobacter jejuni, a bacterium

2020-05-05T10:59:46-05:00Tags: |

Scientists find highest ever level of microplastics on seafloor

Over 10 million tons of plastic waste enters the oceans each year. Floating plastic waste at sea has caught the public's interest thanks to the 'Blue Planet Effect' seeing moves to discourage the use of plastic drinking straws and carrier bags. Yet such accumulations account for less than 1% of the plastic that enters the

2020-05-05T10:48:59-05:00Tags: |

New self-forming membrane to protect our environment

A new class of self-forming membrane to separate carbon dioxide from a mixture of gases has been developed by Newcastle University researchers. Operating like a coffee filter, it lets harmless gases, such as nitrogen, exit into the atmosphere and then the can be processed. The team believe that the system may be applicable for use

2020-05-02T17:52:57-05:00Tags: |

Clean air in Europe during lockdown ‘leads to 11,000 fewer deaths’

The measures to combat the coronavirus have led to an approximately 40% reduction in average level of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution and 10% reduction in average level of particulate matter pollution over the past 30 days, resulting in 11,000 avoided deaths from air pollution (95% confidence interval: 7,000 – 21,000). This effect comes as power

2020-04-30T16:16:16-05:00Tags: |

NASA Probes Environment, COVID-19 Impacts, Possible Links

Scientists are using information from NASA’s Earth-observing satellites, on-the-ground sensors and computer-based datasets to study the environmental, economic and societal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the agency’s Earth Science Division recently sponsored new projects to examine how the shutdowns in response to the pandemic are changing the environment, especially the atmosphere, and determine

2020-04-30T16:09:10-05:00Tags: |

5 Ways Environmental Damage Drives Human Diseases Like COVID-19

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that human health is inextricably part of the ecosystem we exist in. While the pandemic, which likely arose from the global wildlife trade, has brought entire industries to a screeching halt, the health consequences of other types of environmental damage are still ignored in favor of business-as-usual

2020-04-29T09:59:11-05:00Tags: |

Spotting air pollution with satellites, better than ever before

Researchers from Duke University have devised a method for estimating the air quality over a small patch of land using nothing but satellite imagery and weather conditions. Such information could help researchers identify hidden hotspots of dangerous pollution, greatly improve studies of pollution on human health, or potentially tease out the effects of unpredictable events

2020-04-28T09:08:21-05:00Tags: |