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February 10, 2016

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February 10, 2016

Syrian Aid: Lack of Evidence for 'Interventions That Work,' Say Researchers

Feb. 4, 2016 — The lack of an evidence base in the donor-funded response to Syrian migrant crisis means funds may be allocated to ineffective interventions, say researchers, who call on funders and policymakers in ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — Conservation efforts are designed to restrict activities in protected areas, but the restrictions can have unintended consequences. A researcher examined the results of a multi-million dollar ... read more

US Forest Service Releases Findings on the Effects of Drought for Forests, Rangelands

Feb. 1, 2016 — The US Forest Service has released a new report that provides a national assessment of peer-reviewed scientific research on the impacts of drought on US forests and rangelands. This report will help ... read more

Social Media Technology, Rather Than Anonymity, Is the Problem

Jan. 20, 2016 — Problems of anti-social behaviour, privacy, and free speech on social media are not caused by anonymity but instead result from the way technology changes our presence. That's the startling ... read more

Environmental Policy Behind Imbalance in Phosphorus, Nitrogen Levels of the North Sea

Jan. 18, 2016 — European measures aimed at improving water quality through the reduction of nitrogen and phosphorus loads in the North Sea have resulted in an imbalance of these two nutrients in surface waters, new ... read more

A Stronger Ethical Culture Within the US Military Health Care Environment Is Needed, Experts Urge.

Jan. 5, 2016 — The health professional community should urge the United States Secretary of Defense to adopt and implement the recent recommendations of the Defense Health Board, and in addition rescind directives ... read more

Puerto Rico's Community Health Centers Face Bleak Future, Experts Say

Dec. 14, 2015 — An extraordinary need for publicly subsidized health services amidst an unprecedented economic crisis is putting Puerto Rico's federally funded community health centers in jeopardy, according to ... read more

Eliminating Food Deserts May Not Achieve Improved Dietary Quality in the United States

Dec. 8, 2015 — Initiatives to eliminate food deserts, low-income geographic areas that lack access to a supermarket or large grocery store, may not have an effect on improving dietary quality or reducing ... read more

Researchers to Probe Links Between Human Activities, Water Quality

Dec. 8, 2015 — The goal of a new research project is to investigate human-natural feedbacks in freshwater systems by examining the linkages between land-use decision-making, water quality, and collective action ... read more

More Aggressive Climate Policies Are Needed to Save the Future Poor

Dec. 7, 2015 — If the poor continue to bear the brunt of climate change impacts -- and current climate policies remain the same -- the world's future poor will be even worse off than impoverished people today, ... read more

No More Than the Cost of a Year’s Stamps: The UK Public’s Willingness to Pay to Fight Climate Change

Dec. 7, 2015 — Just days after Prince Charles’ landmark speech about the perils of climate change at COP21 in Paris, new research reveals just how little UK citizens are willing to pay out of their own pockets to ... read more

Climate-Change Foes Winning Public Opinion War

Dec. 2, 2015 — As world leaders meet this week and next at a historic climate change summit in Paris, a new study by environmental scientists suggests opponents of climate change appear to be winning the war of ... read more

New Map Boosts Understanding of Complex UN Climate Regime

Dec. 1, 2015 — Researchers have helped create a comprehensive and interactive map of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ... read more

Estimating Poverty, Wealth from Cell Phone Metadata

Dec. 1, 2015 — Researchers have devised a way to estimate the distribution of wealth and poverty in an area by studying metadata from calls and texts made on cell phones. Such metadata contains information about ... read more

Urgent Attention Needed to Improve Education for Syrian Refugee Children, Report Finds

Nov. 23, 2015 — There is an urgent need to improve both short-term and long-term approaches to education for the large number of Syrian refugee children in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, a new report concludes. Nearly ... read more

Law Experts Propose Revisions for International Health Regulations

Nov. 23, 2015 — A trio of global health law experts warn the window for fundamental reform of the International Health Regulations -- opened by the Ebola epidemic -- is 'rapidly ... read more

Grow Your Own Way: Trade May Not Help a Warming Planet Fight Its Farming Failures

Nov. 20, 2015 — A new study co-authored by an economist suggests that international trade will do little to alleviate climate-induced farming problems. Instead, the report indicates that countries will have to alter ... read more

The Netherlands Scores Average in Climate Change Adaptation

Nov. 19, 2015 — Compared to other countries, the Netherlands takes an average position when it comes to implementing climate change adaptation initiatives. In the period 2010-2014, little changes have been observed ... read more

Powerful New Global Arena Needed to Confront Coming Water Challenges

Nov. 18, 2015 — The final report of a board of 20 independent advisors to the UN Secretary-General on water and sanitation offers blunt observations and calls for an overhaul of the way the world body deals with the ... read more

Economic Significance of Cities Increases While That of Countries Falls

Nov. 18, 2015 — According to a European study, the most competitive cities are those with greater economic and political leadership and innovative ... read more

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