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Enviros Fear Dems’ New Climate Plan Will Kill Endangered Species

Congressional Democrats today unveil a “Climate Crisis Action Plan” similar to the Green New Deal proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez last year, which sounded like a dream to many progressives and climate activists. At the heart of the proposal are…

Lake Erie Wind Turbine Project Lethal Threat To Migratory Birds

The steady improvement in the water quality of the Great Lakes represents one of the real environmental success stories of recent decades. But the giant inland seas’ ecosystem now faces a new threat, this one coming from advocates of renewable…

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Grassroots dog vaccinations can help stop rabies, but not alone

While scientists are trying to find a vaccine for COVID-19, the rabies virus continues to kill 59,000 people every year. But unlike COVID, a vaccine has existed for more than a century. Vaccinating dogs can stop the spread to humans, but systemic challenges make that easier said that done. In a new study, scientists where grassroots campaigns to stop rabies work — and where they need to be coupled with large-scale efforts.

Call for immunology to return to the wild

(Menzies Institute for Medical Research ) In an article published today in Science, a multidisciplinary research team from more than 10 universities and research institutes outlines how integrating a more diverse set of species and environments could enhance the biomedical research cycle.

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A new social role for echolocation in bats that hunt together

To find prey in the dark, bats use echolocation. Some species, like Molossus molossus, may also search within hearing distance of their echolocating group members, sharing information about where food patches are located. Social information encoded in their echolocation calls may facilitate this foraging strategy that allows them to find food faster.

Texas Tech evolutionary biologists look to bats for solution to COVID-19

(Texas Tech University) Thanks to a grant through the National Science Foundation’s Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding mechanism, Diana Moreno Santillán and David Ray will investigate how immune system genes and immune responses differ between bats and humans as well as how the specific proteins associated with SARS-CoV-2 in bats differ from the human versions of the same proteins.

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‘Major gaps’ in understanding how land-use changes affect spread of diseases

The quest to discover how new diseases — such as Covid-19 — emerge and spread in response to global land-use change driven by human population expansion still contains ‘major gaps’, researchers have claimed.

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‘Major gaps’ in understanding how land-use changes affect spread of diseases

The quest to discover how new diseases — such as Covid-19 — emerge and spread in response to global land-use change driven by human population expansion still contains ‘major gaps’, researchers have claimed.

How do land-use changes affect the spread of diseases between animals and people?

(Wiley) Most new viruses and other pathogens that arise in humans are transmitted from other animals, as in the case of the virus that causes COVID-19. A recent review published in Mammal Review examines how changes in land-use–such as deforestation, urbanization, and conversion to agriculture–have affected such transmission.