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Billions of Humans Depend on 50,000 Wild Species for Food, Fuel and Income, New Report Finds

Billions of Humans Depend on 50,000 Wild Species for Food, Fuel and Income, New Report Finds

Protecting biodiversity isn’t just important for its own sake; it’s essential for human wellbeing too. A new report from the The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) – which is often described as the “IPCC for biodiversity” – found that billions of people depend on 50,000 wild species for food, medicine, fuel […]

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    Romantic Partners Can Influence Each Other’s Assumptions and Behaviors on Climate Change, Study Finds

    Romantic Partners Can Influence Each Other’s Assumptions and Behaviors on Climate Change, Study Finds

    Romantic partners can be the sounding boards for each other’s thoughts on all sorts of issues, including the climate crisis. But, until recently, there hadn’t been much examination of whether one partner’s views on climate change could influence the other’s. A research team led by the Yale School of the Environment’s Yale Program on Climate […]

    Biodiversity Risks to Linger at Least a Half Century After Global Temperature Peaks, Study Says

    Biodiversity Risks to Linger at Least a Half Century After Global Temperature Peaks, Study Says

    Even if global temperatures start to decrease, after peaking this century due to climate change, biodiversity risks are likely to persist for decades, a new study by London’s Global University (UCL) and University of Cape Town researchers finds. The potential impacts on biodiversity were modeled against pre-industrial levels if temperatures increased by more than 2°C […]

    New Plastic Alternative Degrades Into Sugar

    New Plastic Alternative Degrades Into Sugar

    Scientists around the world are working to find an alternative to fossil-fuel based plastics that contribute to the climate crisis and persist in the environment, including the ocean.  In the latest attempt at a sustainable plastics alternative, researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, or EPFL, have developed a plant-based plastic alternative that […]

    Natural Gas Inside Homes Contains Toxic Compounds, Study Finds

    Natural Gas Inside Homes Contains Toxic Compounds, Study Finds

    A new study from the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health has found that the natural gas piped into homes for cooking and heating actually contains toxic volatile organic compounds, including chemicals linked to cancer. Research from the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard (C-CHANGE) in collaboration with PSE […]

    Viruses Can Remain Infectious on Microplastics for Three Days

    Viruses Can Remain Infectious on Microplastics for Three Days

    New research has discovered another way that microplastic pollution might harm human health.  The study, published in Environmental Pollution, is the first to prove that certain viruses can stay infectious by attaching themselves to plastics in a freshwater environment.  “We found that viruses can attach to microplastics, which allows them to survive in the water […]