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Can We End the Cage Age?
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Can We End the Cage Age?

Between 2018 and 2020, 1.4 million EU citizens signed the petition ‘End the Cage Age’, with the aim of ending cage housing for farm animals in Europe. In response to this citizens initiative, the European Parliament requested a study by Utrecht University researchers on the possibilities to end cage housing. On 13 April, the scientists...

How to Talk to People About Climate Change
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How to Talk to People About Climate Change

As our planet warms, seas rise and catastrophic weather events become more frequent, action on climate change has never been more important. But how do you convince people who still don’t believe that humans contribute to the warming climate? New University of British Columbia (UBC) research may offer some insight, examining biases towards climate information...

Historically Redlined Neighborhoods Are More Likely to Lack Greenspace Today
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Historically Redlined Neighborhoods Are More Likely to Lack Greenspace Today

Historically redlined neighborhoods are more likely to have a paucity of greenspace today compared to other neighborhoods. The study by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco, demonstrates the lasting effects of redlining, a racist mortgage appraisal practice of the 1930s that established and...

How Much Greenhouse Gas Emission Comes from Tropical Deforestation and Peatland Loss?
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How Much Greenhouse Gas Emission Comes from Tropical Deforestation and Peatland Loss?

Land use and land-use change are thought to be responsible for about 23% of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. But nailing down this number with certainty has been hampered by a lack of data in many key regions of the tropics where forests are being replaced by agriculture and where other activities are degrading forests. A...

Burberry Will Donate Unused, Trademark-Free Textiles to Fashion Students in New Sustainability Initiative
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Burberry Will Donate Unused, Trademark-Free Textiles to Fashion Students in New Sustainability Initiative

Burberry announced a new venture this week, one that will see it tackle a sweeping issue faced by apparel companies: deadstock fabrics. Two years after it vowed to stop destroying millions of dollars’ worth of unsold products, including beauty products and ready-to-wear, the Riccardo Tisci-helmed brand has unveiled the ReBurberry Fabric Initiative, in furtherance of which...

Climate Change, Migration and Urbanisation: Patterns in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Climate Change, Migration and Urbanisation: Patterns in Sub-Saharan Africa

The link between climate change and migration has gained both academic and public interest in recent years. Many studies have found that environmental hazards affect migration. But the links are nuanced and depend on the economic and sociopolitical conditions in the respective regions of origin. So what causes people to move and where do they...

NASA Model Reveals How Much COVID-Related Pollution Levels Deviated from the Norm
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NASA Model Reveals How Much COVID-Related Pollution Levels Deviated from the Norm

  Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, space- and ground-based observations have shown that Earth’s atmosphere has seen significant reductions in some air pollutants. However, scientists wanted to know how much of that decline can be attributed to changes in human activity during pandemic-related shutdowns, versus how much would have occurred in a pandemic-free 2020. Using...

How Air Pollution Affects Homeless Populations
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How Air Pollution Affects Homeless Populations

When air quality worsens, either from the smoke and ozone of summer or the inversion of winter, most of us stay indoors. But for individuals experiencing homelessness, that’s not always an option. In a new study, researchers from the University of Utah document the effect of air pollution on people experiencing homelessness, finding that nearly...

Measuring the True Cost of Conservation
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Measuring the True Cost of Conservation

For decades, scientists have been warning about potential future effects of global climate change, including more frequent wildfires, longer periods of drought, and sharp increases in the number, duration, and intensity of tropical storms. And since the start of 2020, we’ve seen natural disasters in record-breaking numbers, from the wildfires that ravaged California and Colorado,...

Global Analysis of Forest Management Shows Local Communities Often Lose Out
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Global Analysis of Forest Management Shows Local Communities Often Lose Out

Maintaining forest cover is an important natural climate solution, but new research shows that too often, communities lose out when local forest management is formalised. The new study published in Nature Sustainability, led by Dr. Johan Oldepkop at The University of Manchester and Reem Hajjar at Oregon State University, is based on 643 case studies...