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May 4, 2016

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May 4, 2016

What Can We Expect Next in the Long History of Lead Poisoning in the US?

May 2, 2016 — While state and federal officials continue to criticize each other for failing to guarantee safe drinking water, the question of exactly who is responsible for crises like in Flint, Michigan, lies at ... read more

Apr. 28, 2016 — Over 300 million people worldwide use groundwater contaminated with arsenic or fluoride as a source of drinking water. Now a research team has developed a method whereby the risk of contamination in ... read more

Landscape Ecology Must Play a Role in Policymaking

Apr. 27, 2016 — Landscape ecology considers the influence of time and space on environmental patterns. Because of this focus, it is uniquely positioned to inform crucial policy decisions -- in particular, those ... read more

Apr. 14, 2016 — More than 700 million people worldwide have no running water. A new study shows that a tax on carbon dioxide could help remedy this situation while contributing considerably to climate ... read more

Reducing Food Waste Could Help Mitigate Climate Change

Apr. 7, 2016 — About a tenth of overall global greenhouse-gas emissions from agriculture could be traced back to food waste by mid-century, a new study shows. A team of researchers, for the first time, provides ... read more

US National Security Decision-Making Processes Need Trimming

Apr. 5, 2016 — A leaner, more-focused national security decision-making system can help the United States succeed in a period of tumultuous change, according to a new report. Increasing the effectiveness and ... read more

Effect of Economic Crisis on Birth Outcome in Spain

Apr. 5, 2016 — The unprecedented post-war European economic crisis which began in 2007 and the resulting fiscal austerity policies are generally considered to have had a negative impact on public health. A new ... read more

Water Cycle Instability Is Here to Stay Posing Major Political and Economic Risks

Apr. 4, 2016 — The current instability and unpredictability of the world water cycle is here to stay, making society's adaptation to new risks a vital necessity when formulating development policies, a UN ... read more

Western Lifestyle Spells the End of Biodiversity

Apr. 4, 2016 — Contrary to what many economists suggest, 'development is not always good for Nature,' a biologist argues. It is broadly accepted that biodiversity and the ecosystem are both fundamental to ... read more

Reasons Reported by Children, Youth for Being on the Streets

Apr. 4, 2016 — Poverty was the most common reason reported by children and youth, globally, for why they were on the streets, according to a new ... read more

Urgent Need to Transform Key Food Producing Regions in Africa by 2025

Mar. 7, 2016 — Agriculture in parts of sub-Saharan Africa must undergo significant transformation if it is to continue to produce key food crops, according to a new study. The study shows that maize, beans and ... read more

Fuel or Food? Study Sees Increasing Competition for Land, Water Resources

Mar. 3, 2016 — About one-third of the world's malnourished population could be fed by using resources now used for biofuel production, new research indicates. As strategies for energy security, investment ... read more

Feb. 29, 2016 — Pakistan's water managers are looking to NASA satellites to help them more effectively monitor and manage that precious resource, thanks to a partnership with engineers and hydrologists at the ... read more

Feb. 24, 2016 — Unless greenhouse gas emissions from food consumption are reduced substantially, EU climate targets will not be met, according to a new study from researchers. Currently accounting for about 25 ... read more

Feb. 24, 2016 — Fish and other important resources are moving toward Earth's poles as the climate warms, and wealth is moving with them, according to a new ... read more

Exide Lead Contamination Levels Measured in Vernon

Feb. 23, 2016 — For months now, scientists have been investigating the Vernon, California, environmental crisis. Their study indicates that similar to how tree rings show age, young children's teeth rings could ... read more

Ebola Crisis Provides Framework for Responding to Outbreaks Like Zika Virus

Feb. 18, 2016 — As world leaders grapple with containing the Zika virus, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa provides valuable lessons for how to respond to infectious disease epidemics, according to a new policy ... read more

Market Integration Could Help Protect Poor from Climate-Related Food Insecurity

Feb. 18, 2016 — Global market integration is key to buffering future commodity prices and food security from the negative effects of climate change on agriculture, says an agricultural economist in a new ... read more

Feb. 17, 2016 — For developing countries that have little arable land, such as Qatar, soilless farming could contribute to their agricultural self-sufficiency. Researchers propose and describe the steps of the ... read more

Four Billion People Affected by Severe Water Scarcity

Feb. 15, 2016 — There are four billion people worldwide who are affected by severe water scarcity for at least one month a year. That is the conclusion after many years’ extensive research. This alarming figure is ... read more

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