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War Against Natural Disasters: A Fight the Indian Military Can’t Win

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Exploring Ecological Migration in Gansu Province, China

What the West sees as the Chinese government’s top-down decision making around ecological migration is actually a more complex process.

by |August 17, 2018
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Every (Fifth) Breath We Take: Friends of Phytoplankton and Why They Matter

Tiny microbes called phytoplankton live beneath the ocean’s surface, producing oxygen that is essential to human survival. A new study sheds light on how these all-important diatoms survive and thrive under difficult conditions.

by |August 16, 2018

Wildfires in Israel and Palestine – A Fuel of Conflict or an Opportunity for Building Trust?

In Israel and Palestine, interactions between ecological and social systems are critical, making wildfires an exemplary case study of the potential of environment management as a lever for cooperation, or as a driver of conflict among communities sharing common resources.

by |August 15, 2018

Children Highly Vulnerable to Health Risks from Climate Change

Madeleine Thomson, a senior research scientist at IRI and a senior research scholar at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, is a co-editor of PLOS Medicine‘s special issue on Climate Change and Health. Articles in the issue cover climate-related impacts, adaptation and mitigation.

by |August 15, 2018
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The Trump Administration’s Continued Attack on Science

As of August 14, the federal government has attempted to censor, misrepresent, and otherwise stifle science over 150 times, according to the Sabin Center’s Silencing Science Tracker.