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    Scientist ‘Scared’ to See Evidence That Climate Change Worsens Infectious Diseases

    Scientist ‘Scared’ to See Evidence That Climate Change Worsens Infectious Diseases

    Climate change is already worsening the impact of infectious diseases, like Zika, malaria, and COVID-19, on human health, a study published Monday in Nature Climate Change finds. “There is no speculation here whatsoever,” Camilo Mora, a geographer at the University of Hawaii who headed the research, told the AP. “These are things that have already happened.” Of […]

    Solving the Plastic Crisis Through Community Empowerment

    Solving the Plastic Crisis Through Community Empowerment

    Of the 8.3 metric tons of plastic produced in this world to date, 6.3 billion tons of that is trash, and less than 10% of it is recycled, which has created a global crisis, not just with the environment, but our health.  Microplastics — tiny pieces of plastic debris, which result from the disposal and […]

    Wildfires 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Wildfires 101: Everything You Need to Know

    What Are Wildfires?  Wildfires, also commonly called forest fires or bushfires, are unplanned and uncontrolled fires burning in a vegetated landscape, such as a forest or grasslands. Many wildfires are sparked by human activity, such as campfires, or natural causes, like lightning. Dry conditions and prolonged droughts, which are becoming more frequent with climate change, […]

    Are Scented Candles Actually Bad for You?

    Are Scented Candles Actually Bad for You?

    What is a spa day, romantic dinner, or cozy night in without a candle or two to set the mood? For over a decade, headlines have warned consumers about toxic chemical exposure when burning candles indoors, but new research tells us that our worries might be overblown.  A study published in 2009 found that burning […]

    Global Forest Area Declined by 60% Since 1960, Study Finds

    Global Forest Area Declined by 60% Since 1960, Study Finds

    A new study has found an alarming loss in forest areas globally, including that global forest area per capita has dropped from 1.4 hectares in 1960 to just 0.5 hectares per person by 2019, a 60% decline. The research, lead by Ronald Estoque from the Center for Biodiversity and Climate Change, Forestry and Forest Products […]

    Electric Vehicles Dramatically Outperform Gas on ‘Life Cycle Global Warming Emissions,’ Study Finds

    Electric Vehicles Dramatically Outperform Gas on ‘Life Cycle Global Warming Emissions,’ Study Finds

    Although you don’t need to pay for gasoline to fuel up an electric vehicle, driving one still comes with a carbon emissions price tag. However, according to a science advocacy nonprofit, the emissions associated with an electric vehicle throughout its lifetime —  meaning production to driving to disassembly and disposal —  are still dramatically lower […]