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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 […]

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    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 […]

    Coastal Flooding Rising With Sea Levels, NOAA Reports

    Coastal Flooding Rising With Sea Levels, NOAA Reports

    A new report from government researchers says high tide flooding along the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts is likely to worsen, reaching a nationwide average of three to seven days by April 2023 and 45 to 70 days per year by 2050. High tides driven by rising seas flooded coastal areas more than 500 times over the […]

    Most Rainwater on Earth Contains PFAS Exceeding Safe Levels, Study Finds

    Most Rainwater on Earth Contains PFAS Exceeding Safe Levels, Study Finds

    New research from Stockholm University shows that PFAS in rainwater around the world are exceeding safe levels. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are chemical pollutants, often called “forever chemicals” present in many everyday items, like food packaging and clothing. The chemicals leach into the environment, affecting everything from the air we breathe to even rainfall. […]

    ‘Climate Endgame’ Scenarios, Including Human Extinction, Need More Serious Study, Experts Argue

    ‘Climate Endgame’ Scenarios, Including Human Extinction, Need More Serious Study, Experts Argue

     A perspective published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences argues that the consequences of warming the planet beyond 3 degrees Celsius have been “dangerously underexplored” with few quantitative estimates of worldwide societal collapse or even eventual human extinction. “We know least about the scenarios that matter most,” lead author Dr. Luke Kemp told The Guardian. […]

    Scientists Develop New Material to Clean Up Forever Chemicals

    Scientists Develop New Material to Clean Up Forever Chemicals

    Researchers from Texas A&M AgriLife of Texas A&M University have developed a new bioremediation technology using plant-based material and fungi that could take care of cleaning up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. These pollutants, also called “forever chemicals” or PFAS, are found in soil, water, and even human and animal blood and may be harmful to […]