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April 23, 2019

National Effort Urged to Overhaul 'Broken' Health Data System

Apr. 17, 2019 — Our system for protecting health data in the United States is fundamentally broken and we need a national effort to rethink how we safeguard this information, say three experts in data ... read more

Climate Change Could Undermine Children's Education and Development in the Tropics

Apr. 15, 2019 — A new study concludes that exposure to extreme heat and precipitation in prenatal and early childhood years in countries of the global tropics could make it harder for children to attain secondary ... read more

Leveraging Scientists' Perceptions for Successful Interactions With Policy Makers

Apr. 15, 2019 — Creating new policies that deal with important issues like climate change requires input from geoscientists. Policy makers, media outlets, and the general public are interested in hearing from ... read more

Time Is Money, Especially When It Comes to Giving

Apr. 15, 2019 — 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

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

Apr. 15, 2019 — 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

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

Apr. 4, 2019 — 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

Climate Panel Disbanded by Trump, Now Regrouped, Releases Its Report

Apr. 4, 2019 — A federal advisory committee started meeting in 2016 to explore how to make the National Climate Assessment more usable for communities who want to take action. President Trump dismissed the panel in ... read more

Government Subsidies Could Be Key to Containing Hospital-Born Infections

Apr. 3, 2019 — Researchers propose fighting hospital infections with matching government subsidies for every dollar a hospital spends on infection control. This incentive could drive down regional rates of ... read more

Apr. 1, 2019 — 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

Trade War Imperils Amazon Rainforest, Experts Warn

Mar. 28, 2019 — Last year, the United States of America imposed tariffs of up to 25 percent on goods imported from China. The Chinese government reacted by imposing tariffs of 25 percent on US goods, including US ... read more

Seismic Safety Upgrades May Cost CA Hospitals Billions

Mar. 28, 2019 — 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

Social Media Has Remarkably Small Impact on Americans' Beliefs, Research Finds

Mar. 27, 2019 — Social media had only a small influence on how much people believed falsehoods about candidates and issues in the last two presidential elections, a pair of new national studies found. And Facebook ... read more

More Bang for the Climate Buck: Study Identifies Hotspots for Adaptation Funding

Mar. 27, 2019 — By combining the latest crop models and local expertise in Vietnam, Uganda and Nicaragua, scientists developed a process to pinpoint where cash crops and food security is most threatened by climate ... read more

White People's Eating Habits Produce Most Greenhouse Gases, Study Finds

Mar. 27, 2019 — White individuals disproportionately affect the environment through their eating habits by eating more foods that require more water and release more greenhouse gases through their production ... read more

A Viable Alternative to Medicare-for-All?

Mar. 25, 2019 — Medicare-for-all, a solution that would bring United States healthcare policies more in line with other industrial nations, faces strong opposition and is unlikely to be enacted in the foreseeable ... read more

Low-Income Neighborhoods More Vulnerable to Flooding, Extreme Heat

Mar. 22, 2019 — The methods can be replicated by cities to help them identify which neighborhoods are most at risk and what demographic factors characterize the most vulnerable ... read more

Energy Stealthily Hitches Ride in Global Trade

Mar. 21, 2019 — 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

Mar. 21, 2019 — 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

Research Investigates Impact of Climate Change on Glacier-Fed Rivers in Peru

Mar. 21, 2019 — Remote communities in the Peruvian Andes, as well as communities downstream, depend on the water from melting glaciers and mountain ecosystems to provide them with food and power, and to support ... read more

Turn Off a Light, Save a Life

Mar. 20, 2019 — 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

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