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December 12, 2018

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December 12, 2018

Media Coverage of Disasters Can Have Lasting Effects on Children's Mental Health

Dec. 6, 2018 — Disaster communication experts say disaster media coverage can have lasting effects on children's mental health and suggest teachers and parents be prepared to respond to questions during and ... read more

Transforming Our Food System to Ensure a Sustainable Future

Dec. 6, 2018 — By 2050, the world will have almost 10 billion people. It will be impossible to feed everyone without exacerbating poverty, accelarting deforestation and increasing GHG emissions unless we start ... read more

Peace, Not War, Responsible for Deforestation in Armed Conflict Zones

Dec. 5, 2018 — Rates of deforestation in war zones increase dramatically once peace is declared, according to a new ... read more

Innovative Tool Allows Continental-Scale Water, Energy, and Land System Modeling

Oct. 12, 2018 — A new large-scale hydroeconomic model will allow researchers to study water systems across whole continents, looking at sustainability of supply and the impacts of water management on the energy and ... read more

Poorest Americans Most Likely to Have Used Prescription Opioids

Sep. 12, 2018 — New research finds that among older Americans, the poorest are the most likely to have used prescription opioids. The study also raises important questions about access to pain management options for ... read more

Researchers Call for Comprehensive Transformation of Food Systems

Aug. 9, 2018 — Agriculture and food systems policies should ensure more than just the supply of food. Decision-makers must make a paradigm shift to align policies about climate, agriculture and food with the United ... read more

Potential Solutions to Drug Shortages and the Lack of Competition in Generic Medicines

Aug. 9, 2018 — A new article highlights the issues and recommend potential solutions. The incentives, regulations and new drug developments that the authors recommend could help to enhance competition and provide ... read more

Children Are Highly Vulnerable to Health Risks of a Changing Climate

Aug. 6, 2018 — Children and adolescents are more vulnerable to climate-related disasters because of their anatomic, cognitive, immunologic, and psychologic differences compared to adults. Researchers set out some ... read more

Climate Taxes on Agriculture Could Lead to More Food Insecurity Than Climate Change Itself

July 30, 2018 — New research has found that a single climate mitigation scheme applied to all sectors, such as a global carbon tax, could have a serious impact on agriculture and result in far more widespread hunger ... read more

Flipping the Switch: Making Use of Carbon Price Dollars for Health and Education

July 16, 2018 — A switch from subsidizing fossil fuel to pricing CO2-emissions would not only help to meet global climate targets but also create additional domestic public revenues. These revenues could finance ... read more

July 12, 2018 — In today's hyper-connected world, a growing number of nations are acting as 'middlemen' in the seafood supply chain. This makes it increasingly difficult to trace where seafood goes ... read more

Some of the World's Poorest People Are Bearing the Costs of Tropical Forest Conservation

July 5, 2018 — Researchers show that new conservation restrictions in Madagascar bring very significant costs to local people (representing up to 85 percent of local annual incomes). The researchers estimate that ... read more

Who Shares Similar Experiences of Climate Change in a 1.5°C World and Beyond?

June 25, 2018 — A new framework to understand how uneven the effects of a 1.5°C world are for different countries around the world has been published ... read more

June 6, 2018 — 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 ... read more

Preventable Deaths from Lack of High-Quality Medical Care Cost Trillions

June 4, 2018 — Eight million largely preventable deaths from treatable diseases cost $6 trillion in lost economic welfare in low- and middle-income countries in 2015. If current conditions persist, low- and ... read more

Global Warming Hits Poorest Hardest

May 30, 2018 — 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 ... read more

New Phase of Globalization Could Undermine Efforts to Reduce CO2 Emissions

May 14, 2018 — 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 ... read more

Public Willing to Pay to Improve Ecosystem Water Quality

Mar. 28, 2018 — 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 ... read more

Worldwide Degradation of Land and Nature Threatens Prosperity and Wellbeing

Mar. 27, 2018 — 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 ... read more

Blood Lead Levels of Flint Children Before and After Water Crisis

Mar. 26, 2018 — Flint children's blood lead levels were nearly three times higher almost a decade before the year of the Flint water crisis, new research ... read more

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