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Mailbag: Global warming does have an upside – Corvallis Gazette Times

I feel I must defend Prof. Nebert against critiques of his letter pointing out the positive historical effects of global warming (Mailbag, Dec. 29). Both Prof. Coblentz (Jan. 8) and Dr. Le (Jan. 9) seem to be in the gloom-and-doom…

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Jonathan Safran Foer: ‘Why don’t Extinction Rebellion issue specific ideas? They are awfully vague’

There have been many proposed solutions to the climate crisis – from outright bans on fossil fuels to planting 2 billion trees – but Jonathan Safran Foer’s antidote to global devastation strikes me as the neatest and most achievable. It…

4 Activist Girls Trying To Save The World From Climate Change – NPR

LA Johnson/NPR LA Johnson/NPR A teenage girl, Greta Thunberg, has become the world-famous face of the climate strike movement. But she’s far from alone: Thunberg has helped rally and inspire others — especially girls. NPR talked to four teenage climate…

Why we're happier when we're older

It seems that the more candles you blow out on your cake, the happier your life can be. It’s known as the paradox of aging — so many things supposedly worsen with age, yet older people often have a better…

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It takes more than two to tango: Microbial communities influence animal sex and reproduction

It is an awkward idea, but a couple’s ability to have kids may partly depend on who else is present. The reproductive tracts of males and females contain whole communities of micro-organisms. These microbes can have considerable impact on (animal) fertility and reproduction. They may even lead to new species.

Transformational innovation needed to reach global forest restoration goals

(University of Maryland Baltimore County) New research finds that global South countries have pledged the largest areas of land to forest restoration, and are also farthest behind in meeting their targets due to challenging factors such as population growth, corruption, and deforestation. ‘We’ve identified countries that need help, not failures,’ says UMBC’s Matt Fagan. With the right kind of international support — that listens to locals and generates creative solutions — communities can implement policy that will make positive change.

The Australian firestorms: portents of a planetary future

by Andrew GliksonEarth and climate scientistAustralian National University Global warming and its disastrous consequences are now truly with us since the second part of 2019. At the moment a change in the weather has given parts of the country a…

What does 'no-kill' mean at animal shelters?

In an ideal world, there would be no need for animal shelters. But stray and unwanted pets need a place to go and hopefully they wind up at “no-kill” facilities. But what exactly does “no-kill” mean? The answer isn’t necessarily…

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Children’s packed lunches lack nutritional quality

Fewer than two in every 100 packed lunches eaten by children in English primary schools meet nutritional standards, according to a major survey. Although the amount of sugary food in lunchboxes declined over 10 years it is still higher than recommended, and there has been a drop in essential vitamins and minerals. Researchers say the lack of fresh food is to blame.

What you need to know about that mysterious Chinese virus

A mysterious pneumonia outbreak in China may be linked to a virus that has never been seen before. Chinese scientists have identified the virus as a new type of coronavirus, reports the World Health Organization (WHO). Most coronaviruses cause mild…