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August 1, 2015

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August 1, 2015

Switching Off Street Lights at Night Does Not Increase Car Crashes, Crime

July 28, 2015 — Reduced street lighting in England and Wales is not associated with road traffic collisions or crime, according to research. The study suggests that local authorities can safely reduce street ... read more

July 27, 2015 — A logging company has agreed to begin dismantling abandoned logging roads currently being used by poachers to access prime Amur (Siberian) tiger habitat in the Russian Far ... read more

Residential Tourism Model Implemented in Tourist Destinations Has Increased Earthquake Risk

July 24, 2015 — Researchers warn that "because of real estate speculation and the management of public budgets based on income from the real estate business, seismic risk has been forgotten." Taking as ... read more

Innovative Physical Education Curriculum Triples Rate at Which Students Pass a State Physical Fitness Test

July 16, 2015 — A physical education program that brings commercial-grade fitness equipment to under-resourced schools, along with a curriculum based on boosting confidence and making participation more enjoyable, ... read more

Social Engagement Aids Disaster Preparedness

July 8, 2015 — Community participation and strong social networks can aid preparedness to natural disaster such as tsunamis in vulnerable regions, shows new research conducted in the south of ... read more

July 8, 2015 — Fixing up abandoned buildings in the inner city doesn’t just eliminate eyesores, it can also significantly reduce crime and violence, including gun assaults, researchers report in the first study ... read more

July 8, 2015 — A team of researchers is working with the residents of Canvey Island to record the unique history of those families affected by the North Sea Flood of ... read more

Research Encourages the Consideration of Air Pollution When Planning Housing Near Transit

July 7, 2015 — Policymakers and developers lack a complete picture of the potential dangers of air pollution when advocating the construction of high-density housing (like apartment buildings) along traffic ... read more

Proximity to Bike-Sharing Stations Augments Property Values in City

June 23, 2015 — Studying house sales in central Montreal before and after the Bixi bike sharing system was launched in 2009, researchers found that a typical home in the central Montreal area they studied had about ... read more

June 17, 2015 — A new study examines 25 metro regions over 20 years to see who has the shortest and longest commutes to work. The new analysis also covers commuting to work when the U.S. was affected by unemployment ... read more

With Proper Care, Contaminated Urban Soils Are Safe for Gardening, Study Finds

June 11, 2015 — Crops grown in contaminated urban soils present little to no risk for people eating those crops when gardeners have followed best practices, a six-year study indicates. The findings are significant ... read more

Little Evidence to Support Skills Gap Claims

June 10, 2015 — A shortage of skilled workers is often why many employers say they struggle to find qualified employees to fill vacancies. However, a new economic analysis finds that some of the evidence used to ... read more

June 10, 2015 — Petrel fledglings leave the nest after dark, but these marine birds' maiden flights towards the sea are hampered by city lights. Many collide or fall to the ground where they are in danger of ... read more

June 9, 2015 — From 1500 until 2000, about a third of floods in southwestern Netherlands were deliberately caused by humans during wartimes, new research shows. Some of these inundations resulted in significant ... read more

Land Management Practices to Become Important as Biofuels Use Grows

June 9, 2015 — The handling of agricultural crop residues appears to have a large impact on soil's ability to retain carbon, making land management practices increasingly important, especially under a scenario ... read more

Technology Offers a Bird’s-Eye View on How Foreclosure Affects the Landscape

June 8, 2015 — Contrary to popular belief, foreclosed properties do not always lead to unkempt lawns. Researchers used remote sensing technology to observe rapid change in U.S. urban settings, specifically homes in ... read more

Asian Economic Integration Means Huge Challenges for Trees, Farmers and Food Supply

June 8, 2015 — Ten Southeast Asian nations will form a single economic bloc at the end of 2015. Agroforestry, forestry and agricultural policies, implementation and law enforcement are lagging behind. The gap ... read more

Minding the Gap: City Bats Won't Fly Through Bright Spaces

June 4, 2015 — Researchers have discovered that bats living in a city are less likely to move from tree to tree in brightly lit areas. The bats studied in this experiment emerge in the evening from their roosts, ... read more

June 3, 2015 — In an effort to shape policy, new research goes into finer detail to see whether or not national parks are really effective in preventing deforestation. For the study, the researchers focused on the ... read more

How Did the Chicken Cross the Road...safely?

June 3, 2015 — Protecting animals from speeding vehicles doesn't have a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, a more detailed understanding of preventive measures should be gained through scientific ... read more

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