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Helping to Protect the Most Illegally Trafficked Mammals in the World

As China upgrades pangolins to the highest protected status level, an alternative approach to using long standing forensic methods is helping wildlife crime investigators disrupt poachers and animal traffickers in an effort to bring them to justice. A team of scientists and experienced investigators from the University of Portsmouth have joined the battle to stop...

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Ancient Societies Hold Lessons for Modern Cities

Today’s modern cities, from Denver to Dubai, could learn a thing or two from the ancient Pueblo communities that once stretched across the southwestern United States. For starters, the more people live together, the better the living standards. That finding comes from a study published in the journal Science Advances and led by Scott Ortman, an archaeologist at...

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What the U.S. Supreme Court’s DACA Ruling Means for Undocumented Students and the Colleges and Universities They Attend

Editor’s note: The Supreme Court voted, 5-4, on June 18, 2020 that the Trump administration can’t immediately end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. Sayil Camacho, a Vanderbilt University postdoctoral fellow who studies immigrants, answers four questions about how the decision will affect undocumented students and higher education. 1. What’s...

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Cash Me Outside: Transfers to the Poor Linked to Eco-Benefits

In a new study, researchers recently discovered that Indonesia’s national anti-poverty program reduced deforestation by about 30%. The study’s findings were published in Science Advances. “Two of the great global challenges of the 21st century are to reduce poverty and slow deforestation. Unfortunately, the solutions to those challenges are often perceived as conflicting with each...

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Pinker Flamingos More Aggressive

Bright pink flamingos are more aggressive than paler rivals when fighting over food, new research shows. Pink plumage is a sign of good health in lesser flamingos, and a flush of colour often means they are ready to breed. So when the birds squabble over food, the pinkest flamingos – both male and female –...

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Air Conditioner Bumps the Electric Bill by 42%, Increasing the Risk of Energy Poverty

A new study published in Economic Modelling by researchers at Ca’ Foscari University and CMCC shows that owning and using an Air Conditioner greatly increases the electricity bills of households, with important implications for the energy poverty of the less well-off. Previous studies, mainly focused on the US, estimated an increase of household spendings for electricity bills...

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Rewilding: Rare Birds Return When Livestock Grazing Has Stopped

After a particularly long week of computer based work on my PhD, all I wanted was to hike somewhere exciting with a rich wildlife. A friend commiserated with me – I was based at Newcastle University at the time, and this particular friend wasn’t keen on the UK’s wilderness, its moorlands and bare uplands, compared...

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Digital Agriculture Paves the Road to Agricultural Sustainability

In a study published in Nature Sustainability, an ecosystem scientist and an agricultural economist outline how to develop a more sustainable land management system through data collection and stakeholder buy-in. Bruno Basso, professor in the College of Natural Science at Michigan State University, and John Antle, professor of Applied Economics at Oregon State University, believe the...