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The Shutdown Is Clearing New York’s Air. Don’t Cheer Too Hard.

Researchers are measuring severe drops in pollutants at the ground level, but warn that the benefits will be short-lived unless we take away some longer-term lessons.

by |March 25, 2020

Increasingly Mobile Sea Ice Means Arctic Neighbors May Pollute Each Others’ Waters

The movement of sea ice between Arctic countries is expected to significantly increase this century, raising the risk of more widely transporting pollutants like microplastics and oil, according to new research.

by |March 18, 2020

Even a Limited India-Pakistan Nuclear War Would Bring Global Famine, Says Study

Even a limited nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan would cause unprecedented planet-wide food shortages lasting more than a decade.

by |March 16, 2020

Video: Launch of NextGen Climate Forecasting System in Colombia

In August of 2019, Colombia’s national meteorological service, IDEAM, launched a state-of-the-art climate forecasting system called NextGen.

by |March 11, 2020

Rain, More Than Wind, Led to Massive Toppling of Trees in Hurricane Maria, Says Study

The surprising finding suggests that future hurricanes stoked by warming climate may be even more destructive to forests than scientists have already projected.

by |March 9, 2020
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Many Lyme Disease Cases Go Unreported. A New Model Could Help Change That.

Researchers have drawn on 17 years of data to develop a model that identifies areas in which the tick-borne illness is likely to emerge.

by Carla Cantor |March 6, 2020

From the Containment Lab to the Developing World

Yanis Ben Amor, executive director of the Center for Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute, uses his background in molecular biology to fight for health care access and education in Africa and South Asia.

by |March 4, 2020
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‘Stealth Transmission’ Fueled Fast Spread of Coronavirus Outbreak

A new study suggests undetected cases, many of which were likely not severely symptomatic, were largely responsible for the rapid spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in China.

by |March 3, 2020

How Private Philanthropies Can Maximize Their Impacts

In his new book, Philanthropy and Society, research scholar David Maurrasse highlights strategic and inclusive tactics that help philanthropic institutions to more effectively serve their communities.

by |February 25, 2020

Focus on Food Would Help Solve Climate Change, Says Study

A paper released today presents a new global food system approach to climate-change research that brings together agricultural production, supply chains and consumption.

by |February 18, 2020