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Voters Back Liability for Companies that Mislead About Climate Change: Poll

A majority of registered voters support holding energy companies liable for funding misinformation on the climate crisis, according to a new poll. Nearly 62% of voters said they’d support legal liability for energy companies or utilities “if it could be…

Evolution designed by parasites

(University of Chicago Press Journals) In ‘Invisible Designers: Brain Evolution Through the Lens of Parasite Manipulation,’ published in the September 2019 issue of The Quarterly Review of Biology, Marco Del Giudice explores an overlooked aspect of the relationship between parasites and their hosts by systematically discussing the ways in which parasitic behavior manipulation may encourage the evolution of mechanisms in the host’s nervous and endocrine systems.

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EMISSIONS: Calif. car deal could have big impact on CO2

The deal struck between four automakers and California last month to improve fuel economy could significantly reduce transportation emissions, blunting the climate consequences of President Trump’s rollback of clean car standards.

Conflicting consequences of climate change for Arctic nesting geese

(Norwegian University of Science and Technology) Climate change is the big wild card when it comes to the survival of many Arctic species. A new study shows that climate change will be both good and bad for Svalbard barnacle goose populations — although the balance may tip depending upon the severity of future temperature increases, and how other species react.

High diversity of harvestmen in Atlantic Rainforest and ancient geological events

(Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) Mountain range uplift, river formation and other events that occurred 30 million years ago explain the emergence of new species of the arachnid in the biome’s southernmost portion, according to a Brazilian study.

Parasite needs chemical (lipid/nutrient) in cat intestines for sex

Toxoplasma gondii is a microbial parasite that infects humans and but needs cats to complete its full life cycle. New research shows why: the sexual phase of the parasite’s life cycle requires linoleic acid, a nutrient/lipid found at uniquely high levels in the felines, because cats lack a key enzyme for breaking it down.

Hot Or Not? Media Ignore Critics Of ‘Hottest July’ Claims, Hype Climate Threat

“Hottest month in human history” has a certain ring to it. But some scientists say that ring isn’t true. The liberal media, always on the lookout for ways to demand action on climate change, latched on to a recent National…