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What psychological science can offer to reducing climate change

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:47:50 EDT ~ The consequences of climate change are immense, and believed by many experts to be largely irreversible (and exponential), causing threats coming from heat waves, flooding, declines in agriculture, and decreasing biodiversity, to name a few. Given that climate change, at least in part, is rooted in human behavior, an obvious question to ask is: Can psychological science offer evidence-based solutions to climate change? Find out more...

Flipping the switch: Making use of carbon price dollars for health and education

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:45:01 EDT ~ 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 expenses towards sustainable development, improving health-care, education and infrastructure for energy, transportation or clean water. India could cover more than 90 percent of its needs to finance progress towards these sustainability goals. This could also be an attractive option for countries like Nigeria, Burundi and Senegal. Find out more...

New tool to calculate 'nitrogen footprint' offers guide to pollution reduction

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:31:58 EDT ~ Researchers have helped create the first tool to calculate the 'nitrogen footprint' of an organization. The tool will provide a guide to sustainability and pollution reduction for daily activities such as food consumption, travel and energy use. Find out more...

South Korea's polluted river basin

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 10:05:19 EDT ~ A new study shows that even though water quality has improved in South Korea's Han River basin since the 1990s, there are still higher-than-acceptable levels of pollutants in some of the more urbanized regions in and around the capital Seoul. Find out more...

Using coal waste to create sustainable concrete

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 10:05:13 EDT ~ Researchers have created a sustainable alternative to traditional concrete using coal fly ash, a waste product of coal-based electricity generation. Find out more...

Fern's sequenced genome holds environmental promise

Wed, 11 Jul 2018 12:23:35 EDT ~ A tiny fern -- with each leaf the size of a gnat -- may provide global impact for sinking atmospheric carbon dioxide, fixing nitrogen in agriculture and shooing pesky insects from crops. The fern's full genome has now been sequenced. Find out more...

Pesticides influence bee learning and memory

Wed, 11 Jul 2018 09:31:22 EDT ~ A large-scale study has drawn together the findings of a decade of agrochemical research to confirm that pesticides used in crop protection have a significant negative impact on the learning and memory abilities of bees. Find out more...

Higher ambition needed to meet Paris climate targets

Thu, 05 Jul 2018 11:41:29 EDT ~ The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's science and knowledge service, contributes to a growing body of evidence showing the need for ramped up climate action to limit global warming. Find out more...

Invaluable to the medical industry, the horseshoe crab is under threat

Thu, 05 Jul 2018 11:41:24 EDT ~ The biomedical industry depends on blood from horseshoe crabs for drug and environmental safety testing -- but this commercial demand, together with capture for bait, climate change and habitat destruction, is threatening populations of these 'living fossils.' This in turn will detrimentally affect the surrounding ecosystem, such as migratory shorebirds who rely on horseshoe crab eggs for food. Sustainable alternatives to horseshoe crab blood tests should be developed in conjunction with better harvesting and conservation strategies. Find out more...

Decarbonizing transport: Sell electric vehicles to untapped market of women, researchers suggest

Thu, 05 Jul 2018 11:41:16 EDT ~ Highly educated women are an untapped but potentially lucrative market for electric vehicle sales because they have greater environmental and fuel efficiency awareness than men, says a new study. Find out more...