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May 6, 2015

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May 6, 2015

Foreclosures Fueled Racial Segregation in U.S., Study Finds

May 6, 2015 — Some 9 million American families lost their homes to foreclosure during the late 2000s housing bust, driving many to economic ruin and in search of new residences. Hardest hit were black, Latino, and ... read more

School Reform in Post-Katrina New Orleans Harmful to Black Community, Scholars Say

May 1, 2015 — By most media accounts, education reform in post-Katrina New Orleans is a success. Test scores and graduation rates are up, and students once trapped in failing schools have their choice of charter ... read more

Improved Sanitation May Reduce Sexual Violence in South African Townships

Apr. 29, 2015 — Improving access to public toilets in South African urban settlements may reduce both the incidence of sexual assaults by nearly 30 percent and the overall cost to ... read more

Small High School Reform Boosts Districtwide Outcomes

Apr. 28, 2015 — Creating small high schools improves outcomes for students in the overall school district – both in new small schools and existing larger schools – according to a study of New York City ... read more

Building Healthier Communities Should Be a Priority When Preparing for and Recovering from Disasters

Apr. 15, 2015 — US communities and federal agencies should more intentionally seek to create healthier communities during disaster preparation and recovery efforts -- something that rarely happens now, says a new ... read more

Racial, Ethnic Disparities Seen in Smoking Rates, Related Illnesses

Apr. 14, 2015 — April is National Minority Health Month, and one of the most significant health issues minorities face is disproportionate rates of smoking and health-related illnesses, experts ... read more

Extreme Geohazards: Reducing the Disaster Risk, Increasing Resilience

Apr. 14, 2015 — Extreme hazards -- rare, high-impact events -- pose a serious and underestimated threat to humanity. The extremes of the broad ensemble of natural and anthropogenic hazards can lead to global ... read more

Scientists Map 'Unprecedented' Urbanization in East-Southeast Asia

Mar. 30, 2015 — The rapid urban expansion that has occurred across the whole of East-Southeast Asia in the last decade has been mapped by researchers for the first ... read more

Price, Variety and Junk Food: Study Finds Urban Farmers’ Markets May Fall Short Compared to Neighborhood Stores

Mar. 26, 2015 — Farmers’ markets located in urban areas may not contribute positively to nutrition or health according to researchers. Their study is the first to itemize farmers’ market products in an entire ... read more

Coastal Property Values Could Erode If Nourishment Subsidies End

Mar. 25, 2015 — The value of many oceanfront properties on the East Coast could drop dramatically if Congress were to suddenly end federal beach nourishment subsidies. Values could fall by as much as 17 percent in ... read more

Mar. 25, 2015 — Researchers have developed a county-by-county map of the United States' "lower 48" that tells a story of land cover and development across the nation, and could provide a framework for ... read more

Link Between Lifestyles of Indigenous Communities, Gut Microbial Ecologies Discovered

Mar. 25, 2015 — A strong association between the lifestyles of indigenous communities and their gut microbial ecologies (gut microbiome) has been discovered by researchers. This study that may have implications for ... read more

Mar. 25, 2015 — Natural wetlands usually emit methane and sequester carbon dioxide. Anthropogenic interventions, in particular the conversion of wetlands for agriculture, result in a significant increase in carbon ... read more

Preparing for Natural Disasters: What Policies Protect the Vulnerable Consumer?

Mar. 24, 2015 — Despite catastrophic earthquakes, the most vulnerable residents do not take steps to prepare themselves against future disaster, according to a new study. The authors provide an example from southern ... read more

Mar. 24, 2015 — Socio-economic inequalities between First Nations communities, and also between these communities and the non-Aboriginal population of Canada, determine the nature, the intensity and the direction of ... read more

Mar. 23, 2015 — A parenting trial that aims to improve child behavior in Panama City – the place with the eighth highest murder rate in the world -- has been piloted by researchers. "We felt that a lack of ... read more

Adapting to Climate Change Will Bring New Environmental Problems

Mar. 20, 2015 — Adapting to climate change could have profound environmental repercussions, according to a new study. Research reveals that adaptation measures have the potential to generate further pressures and ... read more

Being Near Greened Vacant Lots Lowers Heart Rates

Mar. 19, 2015 — Greening vacant lots may be associated with biologic reductions in stress, according to a new study. Residents who walked near newly greened vacant lots had significantly lower heart rates compared ... read more

Fast-Food Ban in L.A. Fails to Improve Diets or Cut Obesity, Study Finds

Mar. 19, 2015 — In 2008, the city of Los Angeles passed a law restricting the opening or expansion of any 'stand-alone fast-food restaurant' in low-income neighborhoods where obesity was a problem. A new ... read more

Location, Location, Location: Bike-Sharing Systems Need Revamp to Attract More Riders

Mar. 18, 2015 — A new study found that it is possible for cities to increase ridership without spending more money on bikes or docking points -- simply by redesigning the ... read more

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