The economy depends on the environment. Economics can seem to forget that point.
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With a square and a circle, the father of ecological economics and a founding architect of sustainable development redrew our understanding of the economy. It was revolutionary.
Thirty-six percent of surveyed families with young children said they did not have enough diapers during the pandemic.
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Researchers find that households without enough diapers for their children are more likely to struggle with other hardships.
Les sels de déglaçage appliqués pour la sécurité des routes ne disparaissent pas au printemps ; ils ruissellent et s'accumulent dans les cours d'eau.
Des travaux de recherche récents ont démontré que l’augmentation des concentrations de sels (sous forme de chlorure) peut entraîner la mortalité de petits crustacés vivant dans les lacs.
A dairy barn in Waitsfield, Vermont, built circa 1890.
Barns are practical buildings, designed to safeguard farm animals and equipment. Why are so many of them painted to stand out from the landscape?
Part of a portable nuclear power plant arrives at Camp Century in 1960.
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Nearly 60 years after a radiation-leaking reactor was removed from a US Army base on the Greenland ice sheet, the military is exploring portable nuclear reactors again.
Listening to science is a lot easier for politicians when behind-the-scenes intermediaries are there to help.
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Before new policy can be based on evidence, decision-makers need to understand the relevant research. Intermediaries between scientists and policymakers translate information and build relationships.
Remnants of ancient Greenland tundra were preserved in soil beneath the ice sheet.
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This ancient ecosystem showed that the ice sheet had melted to the ground
in northern Greenland within the past million years.
Have you ever watched something because YouTube recommended it to you? You’ve probably been influenced by an algorithm. But at the end of the day, underneath all the algorithms are people.
Central Park, New York City, on Memorial Day weekend, May 24, 2020.
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Research that measures the public mood based on Twitter posts shows that it’s currently at its lowest point in a decade. One exception: when people visit parks and green spaces.
Buddhist monks wear face masks outside the temple of the Emerald Buddha as they receive alms in Bangkok, Thailand,
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Buddhist monks in Thailand continue to collect alms from households, despite the threat of the coronavirus. The reason: the practice is an important part of merit-making.
Aniel Arruebarenna, a team member from the Centro de Estudios Ambientales de Cienfuegos, prepares to collect flow measurements.
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Cuba’s sustainable approach to farming has protected its rivers from the kind of nutrient pollution that impairs many US waterways.
Whale watching (here, off Húsavík, Iceland) may be better for the local economy than whale hunting.
Icelandic whalers have killed more than 1,700 whales since a global ban was adopted in 1986 – up to 2019, when no hunts took place. Is Iceland quietly getting out of the business?
Vaping has been linked to more than 40 deaths and 2,000 illnesses in the U.S.
Vaping continues to be in the news, with the CDC recently linking vitamin E acetate to the deaths and illnesses caused by vaping. But just what is vaping? And is it different from e-cigarettes?
Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S., and most smokers say they want to quit.
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Concerns about e-cigarettes are growing, with the AMA calling for a ban. With the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 21, it’s worth asking: What do smokers think?
More schools are plopping students in front of computer screens for ‘personalized learning.’ What are the drawbacks?
Throughout the nation, parents and students are pushing back against personalized learning. An expert on the different ways that students learn explains what’s behind all the fuss.
Steve Sierzega receives a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y., Wednesday, March 27, 2019.
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The growing number of cases of measles has many people asking: Am I safe? A vaccine expert provides some answers.
‘Game of Thrones’ has taught audiences to never get too attached to any one character.
The vast majority of stories told in movies, in books and on television conclude with happy endings – and this has real-world political consequences.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, responsible for transmitting Zika.
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In January, measles returned to the Pacific Northwest, while Ebola resurged in the Congo. It would take a lot more research for scientists to be able to stop threats like these in their tracks.
Children are among the most vulnerable victims of any natural disaster. Some 645,000 young Puerto Ricans experienced the trauma of Hurricane Maria.
Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, forever changing the lives of the children who survived. Their stories can help Puerto Rico identify and aid the kids most traumatized by Hurricane Maria.
For many non-Muslims, the fast food carts that line the streets of New York City and San Francisco are their primary point of contact with halal foods.
The halal food sector largely relies on industrially produced meats and produce. But more and more Muslims are using the Quran to interpret halal to mean food that’s wholesome and humanely raised.