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Could climate change make Siberia more habitable?

Large parts of Asian Russia could become habitable by the late 21st century due to climate change, new research has found. A study team from the Krasnoyarsk Federal Research Center, Russia, and the National Institute of Aerospace, USA, used current and predicted climate scenarios to examine the climate comfort of Asian Russia and work out

2019-06-11T07:11:45-05:00Tags: |

Small increases in rainfall may cause widespread road outages

As more rain falls on a warming planet, a new computer model shows that it may not take a downpour to cause widespread disruption of road networks. The model combined data on road networks with the hills and valleys of topography to reveal "tipping points" at which even small localized increases in rain cause widespread

2019-06-05T20:07:14-05:00Tags: |

Americans consumer 70,000 particles of microplastics per year

Since the mass production of plastics began in the 1940s, the versatile polymers have spread rapidly across the globe. Although plastics have made life easier in many ways, disposing of the materials is a growing problem. Now, researchers in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology estimate that the average American consumes more than 70,000

2019-06-05T19:57:44-05:00Tags: |

Equator Prize 2019 winners announced..

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and partners announced today the winners of the 10th Equator Prize, recognizing 22 local and indigenous communities from across the world. The winning organizations, which showcase innovative, nature-based solutions for tackling climate change, environment, and poverty challenges, will be honored at a celebratory gala on 24 September in New York.

2019-06-05T07:34:40-05:00Tags: |

“We are walking on”..

Before moving to Los Angeles and initiating a successful career in music production with Shania Twain, Wyclef Jean, Shakira and many other artists, Sadaharu Yagi grew up in the Japanese town of Kitakyushu. In the 1960s, the city faced huge environmental problems—and the highest levels of air pollution in the country. It did, however, turn

2019-06-04T09:52:08-05:00Tags: |

Species extinction rates ‘accelerating’

Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history -- and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the summary of which was approved at the 7th session

2019-05-30T07:26:43-05:00Tags: |

NASA Study: Human Influence on Global Droughts..

Human-generated greenhouse gases and atmospheric particles were affecting global drought risk as far back as the early 20th century, according to a study from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City. The study, published in the journal Nature, compared predicted and real-world soil moisture data to look for human influences on

2019-05-30T07:08:28-05:00Tags: |

5 Good Environmental News Stories from the Past Year

These days it’s easy to feel gloomy about the state of earth’s ecosystem. The climate continues to change, causing a host of issues, from more catastrophic weather and wildfires to the increased acidification of our oceans. Meanwhile, we have a president actively working to erode hard-won ecological protections. So it was a surprise to many

2019-05-29T06:29:43-05:00Tags: |

Air Pollution Exposure: Cognitive Abilities

A growing body of research suggests that exposure to air pollution in the earliest stages of life is associated with negative effects on cognitive abilities. A new study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a centre supported by ”la Caixa”, has provided new data: exposure to particulate matter with a diameter of less

2019-05-27T06:51:38-05:00Tags: |

How Ecopreneurs Alleviate Poverty in Africa

SEATTLE, Washington — Ecopreneurship is on the rise in Africa, creating local solutions to alleviate poverty and various environmental problems ailing the different countries on the continent. An “ecopreneur” is exactly what it sounds like, an entrepreneur whose business focuses on creating or selling sustainable goods or services. For those stuck in poverty, ecopreneurship could

2019-05-25T06:42:01-05:00Tags: |

Forests shaped more by Native Americans’ burning

Native Americans' use of fire to manage vegetation in what is now the Eastern United States was more profound than previously believed, according to a Penn State researcher who determined that forest composition change in the region was caused more by land use than climate change. "I believe Native Americans were excellent vegetation managers and

2019-05-22T06:24:45-05:00Tags: |

Water every 10 days

New Delhi (CNN)Hundreds of empty plastic jugs wait in rows on the cracked, dry, dusty earth. Hovering expectantly nearby, the residents of Vasant Kunj slum in South Delhi, one of the city's largest and poorest, stand waiting for a government water tanker to arrive. It's been 10 days. Ten days since they last received a

2019-05-21T06:11:15-05:00Tags: |

Breaking cycle of poverty could start in preschool

New research from one of the country’s leading experts in childhood development shows high-quality educational interventions in a child’s first few years of life can result in lasting economic, health and social benefits that extend beyond a single generation. In 2010, James Heckman, a Nobel Laureate with the University of Chicago’s Center for the Economics

2019-05-14T05:41:05-05:00Tags: |

Cut emissions and poverty, not trees,..

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Giving local communities the responsibility to manage forests - which are shrinking worldwide - could help ease poverty and deforestation, scientists said on Monday in what they described as one of the largest studies of its kind. Researchers examined more than 18,000 community-led forest initiatives in Nepal, using satellite images

2019-05-11T08:26:27-05:00Tags: |

‘The future of life on Earth lies in the balance’

Almost 600 conservation experts have signed the Call4Nature open letter written by wildlife charity WWF, which is being published to coincide with the IPBES report (see letter below). Overfishing “We are overfishing our oceans at an alarming rate and choking them with plastic and other pollutants. If we want to see healthy seas that will

2019-05-07T06:38:27-05:00Tags: |

An Optimistic Future for Poverty and the Environment in Sudan

KHARTOUM, SUDAN — Environmental problems have a particularly devastating impact on impoverished communities already strained for resources. Soil erosion and land degradation create food shortages, pollution and insufficient waste management contaminate water while increased occurrences of extreme weather cause disastrous damage to community infrastructure and resources. Further entrenching poverty, the world’s poor are the most

2019-04-30T06:26:21-05:00Tags: |