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May 20, 2019

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Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history -- and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, ... read more

The Last Chance for Madagascar's Biodiversity

Scientists have recommended actions the government of Madagascar's recently elected president, Andry Rajoelina should take to turn around the precipitous decline of biodiversity and help put ... read more

Education May Be Key to a Healthier, Wealthier US

A first-of-its-kind study estimate the economic value of education for better health and longevity. The new study finds that the reduced disability and longer lives among the more educated are worth ... read more
Carbon released into the atmosphere by the increasing loss of Arctic permafrost, combined with higher solar absorption by the Earth's surface due to the melting of sea ice ... read more
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Early Exposure to Banking May Influence Life-Long Financial Health

Growing up in a community with or without banks has a long-term effect on how you build and manage credit, according to a new study. The research shows individuals who grow up in what are essentially ... read more

For decades, political scientists have measured the public's trust in the federal government consistently, using measures that are largely unchanged since the 1960s -- despite the momentous ... read more

The Art of the Circus

From tightrope to trapeze, circus arts have long fascinated and inspired people of all ages. Now, research is revealing the true value of circus skills and their unique ability to deliver significant ... read more

Time Is Money, Especially When It Comes to Giving

Would you be more likely to donate to charity if you could report the gift sooner on your taxes? According to a new article, the answer is yes. Researchers found that changing the deadline for ... read more

Power to the People: How Everyday Acts of Defiance Can Shape and Change Markets

Subtle, hidden and everyday acts of resistance and defiance by people with limited resources could have an impact on markets in societies where state and religion is all-powerful. These are the key ... read more

FDA Added Sugar Label Could Be a Cost-Effective Way to Improve Health, Generate Savings

The FDA's mandatory added sugar labeling policy for packaged foods and beverages could generate important health gains and cost-savings for the healthcare system and society, according to a new ... read more

Moneyball Advantage Peters out Once Everyone's Doing It

Sixteen years after author Michael Lewis wrote the book Moneyball, every Major League Baseball (MLB) team uses the technique. But a new study shows that while the tool can help a club create a ... read more

The Carbon Offset Market: Leveraging Forest Carbon's Value in the Brazilian Amazon

As companies seek and are required to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, the world's carbon markets are expanding. A government-run program in the Amazon rainforest in northwestern Brazil ... read more

A few years ago, the Peruvian government launched a program to protect the rainforest. However, an analysis shows that its effect is small. But the researchers also have good news: Three measures ... read more

Federal Subsidies for US Commercial Fisheries Should Be Rejected, Analysis Concludes

A pending rule change proposed by the US National Marine Fisheries Service would allow the use of public funds to underwrite low-interest loans for the construction of new commercial fishing vessels. ... read more

Individuals have as big a role to play in tackling climate change as major corporations but only if they can be encouraged to make significant lifestyle changes by effective government policy, a ... read more

Seismic Safety Upgrades May Cost CA Hospitals Billions

California hospitals would need to make substantial investments -- between $34 billion and $143 billion statewide -- to meet 2030 state seismic safety standards, according to a new ... read more

Land Conservation Helps Local Economies Grow

Land conservation modestly increases employment rates, a traditional indicator of economic growth, according to an analysis of New England cities and ... read more

Debt Relief Improves Psychological and Cognitive Function, Enabling Better Decision-Making

A new study demonstrates that reducing the number of debt accounts lowers the mental burden of the poor, thereby improving psychological and cognitive performance. This enables better ... read more

Energy Stealthily Hitches Ride in Global Trade

Fulfilling the world's growing energy needs summons images of oil pipelines, electric wires and truckloads of coal. But research shows a lot of energy moves nearly incognito, embedded in the ... read more

When More Women Make Decisions, the Environment Wins

When more women are involved in group decisions about land management, the group conserves more - particularly when offered financial incentives to do so, according to a new ... read more

Turn Off a Light, Save a Life

We all know that turning off lights and buying energy-efficient appliances affects our financial bottom line. Now, according to a new study, we know that saving energy also saves lives and even more ... read more

Autonomous Vehicles Could Be an Environmental Boon or Disaster, Depending on Public Policy

Widespread use of autonomous vehicles (AVs) could either massively increase or drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions depending, in large part, on public policy, according to new ... read more

Immigration Is Beneficial to Economies, Even After 100 Years

A new paper finds that U.S. counties with more historical immigration have higher incomes, less poverty, and lower unemployment ... read more

How the Global Gag Rule Stifles Free Speech

A new journal article by researchers in the Global Health Justice and Governance program at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health argues that the Expanded Global Gag Rule is having ... read more

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