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Exposure to Nature During Covid-19 Lockdown Was Beneficial for Mental Health
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Exposure to Nature During Covid-19 Lockdown Was Beneficial for Mental Health

A study carried out by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) and the Instituto de Saúde Pública of the University of Porto (ISPUP), concludes that exposure to natural spaces during the first COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 was beneficial for the mental health of Spanish and Portuguese citizens....

Sacred Natural Sites Protect Biodiversity in Iran
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Sacred Natural Sites Protect Biodiversity in Iran

How much do traditional practices contribute to the protection of local biodiversity? Why and how are sacred groves locally valued and protected, and how can this be promoted and harnessed for environmental protection? Working together with the University of Kurdistan, researchers of the University of Göttingen and the University of Kassel have examined the backgrounds...

Keeping the Peace
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Keeping the Peace

Ethiopia, Nigeria, Colombia, Myanmar and Syria are just a handful of the places around the world currently engaged in ongoing civil wars. Even when peace agreements can be negotiated to end civil wars, maintaining stability is incredibly challenging. In these fragile post-conflict areas, a small communal dispute can easily escalate and unravel peace deals. Peacekeepers...

How Political Bias Impacts Believing Sexual Assault Victims
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How Political Bias Impacts Believing Sexual Assault Victims

New research from Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications reveals a relationship between political biases and attitudes about sexual assault. Authored by assistant professor Rebecca Ortiz and PhD student Andrea Smith, the article “A social identity threat perspective on why partisans may engage in greater victim blaming and sexual assault myth acceptance in the...

Teens Experienced Helplessness When Exposed to Secondhand Racism
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Teens Experienced Helplessness When Exposed to Secondhand Racism

This past year has been transformational in terms of not only a global pandemic but a sustained focus on racism and systemic injustice. There has been a widespread circulation of images and videos in the news and online. Just like adults, adolescents are exposed to these images with important consequences for their emotional health and...

We Cannot Cheat Ageing and Death
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We Cannot Cheat Ageing and Death

A study led by Fernando Colchero, University of Southern Denmark and Susan Alberts, Duke University, North Carolina, that included researchers from 42 institutions across 14 countries, provides new insights into the aging theory “the invariant rate of ageing hypothesis”, which states that every species has a relatively fixed rate of aging. – Human death is...

What Are ‘Ghost Guns,’ a Target of Biden’s Anti-Crime Effort?
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What Are ‘Ghost Guns,’ a Target of Biden’s Anti-Crime Effort?

It’s not expensive or difficult to produce large numbers of untraceable firearms in the United States. Whether for private use, sale on the criminal market or arming violent extremists, it’s actually startlingly cheap and easy to mass-produce firearms that police can’t track – what are often called “ghost guns.” For just over US$2,000 I can...

Losing Nature Impacts Black, Hispanic, and Low-Income Americans Most
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Losing Nature Impacts Black, Hispanic, and Low-Income Americans Most

When nature vanishes, people of color and low-income Americans disproportionally lose critical environmental and health benefits—including air quality, crop productivity and natural disease control—a new study in Nature Communications finds. The University of Vermont research is the first national study to explore the unequal impacts on American society—by race, income and other demographics—of projected declines in nature,...