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Understanding social structure is important to rewilding
Increasing the success of wildlife translocations is critical, given the escalating global threats to wildlife. (2019-06-13)
Want effective policy? Ask the locals
Based on a survey of over 100,000 respondents in 37 countries, researchers at Kyushu University in Japan report that regional economic, developmental, and cultural factors greatly influence the relationships among self-reported levels of energy affordability, life satisfaction, health, and economic inequality. (2019-06-11)
What's fair game on the high seas?
Discriminating among sustainably targetable tuna species and protected species that co-mingle near fish-aggregating devices (FADs) in mid-ocean is one of the leading challenges that face tropical tuna fisheries. (2019-06-06)
Elasmobranches getting slammed
Researchers analyzed four years of catch data from Tanjung Luar -- a fishing village specifically targeting sharks -- to identify catch abundance and seasonality of vulnerable or endangered species, and found that catch per unit effort (CPUE) of sharks and rays from 2014 to 2017 fluctuated but was not significantly different. (2019-06-06)
Verifying 'organic' foods
Organic foods are increasingly popular -- and pricey. Organic fruits and vegetables are grown without synthetic pesticides, and because of that, they are often perceived to be more healthful than those grown with these substances. (2019-06-05)
Politicians walk the walk, when it comes to financial investments
For the most part, politicians do put their money where their mouths are. (2019-05-31)
Fishing among worst jobs for health
People working in the fishing industry have among the poorest health of all workers in England and Wales, new research suggests. (2019-05-30)
More democracy -- A second chance for climate politics
Hope was high when the Paris Climate Agreement was adopted 2015. (2019-05-30)
Farmers and food companies hit the dirt to improve soil health
Big food brands, such as Kellogg, Campbell, Mars Wrigley and General Mills, have started investing in their ingredients by helping farmers improve soil health and sustainability. (2019-05-29)
Plainification holds promise for improving material sustainability
Researchers from Institute of Metal Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences proposed to advance material properties by plainification, which means tailoring stable interfaces at different length scales instead of alloying. (2019-05-27)
Gas vs. electric? Fuel choice affects efforts to achieve low-energy and low-impact homes
If you want to make your home as energy-efficient and green as possible, should you use gas or electric for your heating and cooling needs? (2019-05-23)
Energy storage in the Midwest and beyond: A timely analysis
As the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released an update to last year's order on energy storage, MRS Energy & Sustainability today publishes a timely collection of papers that unpack the issue of energy storage in the Midwest and beyond. (2019-05-23)
Toward zero hunger: More food or a smarter food system?
When thinking about ways to end global hunger, many scholars focus too narrowly on increasing crop yields while overlooking other critical aspects of the food system. (2019-05-21)
EU sustainable development policy defines entrepreneurship in three distinct ways
A new study has found three distinct ways in which the European Union defines what entrepreneurship means for sustainable development, producing a blurry message of the role entrepreneurs and business owners have to play in tackling the global issue. (2019-05-09)
Grading conservation: Which reserves defend forests?
Lands that shelter forests have value often readily tallied by developers, but until now it's been more difficult to prove the success of protecting those forested lands in pursuit of sustainability. (2019-05-08)
Hunting jeopardizes forest carbon storage, yet is overlooked in climate mitigation efforts
The loss of animals, often due to unregulated or illegal hunting, has consequences for the carbon storage capacity of forests, yet this link is rarely mentioned in high-level climate policy discussions, according to a new study from Lund University in Sweden and the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. (2019-05-06)
Diving deep into water and energy trade-offs
Sometimes people don't see the impacts of sustainability decisions beyond a balance ledger. (2019-05-01)
Human influence on climate change is traced back to the 19th century
A new study shows that human influence on climate change can be traced back to the late 19th century based on summer-winter temperature difference. (2019-04-22)
Newly proposed system of measurement could help determine community sustainability
A newly proposed system of measurement known as the community sustainability assessment system, or CSAS, could be used to define what it means to be a sustainable community as well as evaluate the impact of individual communities on global sustainability, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. (2019-04-18)
U-M study: 'Induced' driving miles could overwhelm potential energy-saving benefits of self-driving
The benefits of self-driving cars will likely induce vehicle owners to drive more, and those extra miles could partially or completely offset the potential energy-saving benefits that automation may provide, according to a new University of Michigan study. (2019-04-17)
Up in arms: Insect-inspired arm technology aims to improve drones
Insect-inspired arm technology from Purdue University aims to improve drones to handle larger payloads. (2019-04-16)
China, India economic development key to achieving MDG for safe drinking water
Research led by The University of Tokyo examined why the United Nations Millennium Development Goal for access to safe drinking water was achieved when all previous attempts had failed. (2019-04-15)
Study questions the sustainability of plant ingredients as fishmeal substitutes
Substituting fishmeal in aquaculture feeds with plant ingredients may not be as beneficial for the environment as many predict, according to new research from an international team of experts. (2019-04-12)
A Jetsons future? Assessing the role of flying cars in sustainable mobility
In the 1960s animated sitcom 'The Jetsons,' George Jetson commutes to work in his family-size flying car, which miraculously transforms into a briefcase at the end of the trip. (2019-04-09)
New commentary on the famous 'Warning to Humanity' paper brings up global inequalities
By pointing out the western lifestyle is not 'the norm and end goal of societal evolution', a research team contributes to the debate on the urgency of achieving sustainability, as ignited by the largely publicised article 'World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice' (2017). (2019-04-08)
The Serengeti squeeze: Human activities at edges of protected areas undermine these ecosystems
Human activity and landscape degradation in the borderlands surrounding Protected Areas (PAs) may have far-reaching consequences and undermine the ecosystems they aim to protect. (2019-03-28)
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. (2019-03-21)
Rising global shipping traffic could lead to surge in invasive species
Rising global maritime traffic could lead to sharp increases in invasive species around the world over the next 30 years, according to a new study by McGill University researchers. (2019-03-18)
How one small village in Germany reinvented itself to ensure its survival
How can communities living together in rural areas ensure that they continue to exist and thrive? (2019-03-06)
Human 'footprint' on Antarctica measured for first time
The full extent of the human 'footprint' on Antarctica has been revealed for the first time by new IMAS-led research which used satellite images to measure stations, huts, runways, waste sites and tourist camps at 158 locations. (2019-03-04)
The global impact of coal power
With data and modelling from almost 8,000 coal power plants, researchers from ETH Zurich present the most comprehensive global picture to date of climate and human health impacts from coal power generation. (2019-02-18)
Sand from glacial melt could be Greenland's economic salvation
As climate change melts Greenland's glaciers and deposits more river sediment on its shores, an international group of researchers has identified one unforeseen economic opportunity for the Arctic nation: exporting excess sand and gravel abroad, where raw materials for infrastructure are in high demand. (2019-02-11)
Keeping SDGs from being a zero-sum game
Even as the world gets on the same sustainability page courtesy of the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), those very goals can result in significant tradeoffs. (2019-02-11)
Research: Religion affects consumer choices on specialty foods
People with strong religious beliefs are more likely to buy fat-free, sugar-free or gluten-free foods than natural or organic foods, according to new research that could influence the marketing of those specialty food products. (2019-02-04)
Awareness is barrier to 'plastic-free periods'
New research indicates that more needs to be done to raise awareness of the amount of plastic contained in commonly-used menstrual products. (2019-01-17)
Let's prepare now so farming insects as food is environmentally friendly, say scientists
As whole-roasted crickets gain traction as a protein-rich snack and restaurants experiment with mealworms on the menu, there's still 'an overwhelming lack of knowledge' concerning the ecological sustainability of the emerging, multi-million-dollar insects-as-food industry, say researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. (2019-01-14)
New policy design needed to tackle global environmental threat, according to report
A pioneering new report has devised a seven-point plan to help policymakers devise new, coherent and collaborative strategies to tackle the greatest global environmental threats. (2019-01-11)
Racial inequality in the deployment of rooftop solar energy in the US
Although the popularity of rooftop solar panels has skyrocketed because of their benefits to consumers and the environment, the deployment has predominantly occurred in white neighborhoods, even after controlling for household income and home ownership, according to a study by researchers from Tufts University and the University of California, Berkeley, published today in the journal Nature Sustainability. (2019-01-10)
Environmental sustainability should be inherent to dietary guidance
It is the position of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) that environmental sustainability should be inherent to dietary guidance, whether working with individuals or groups about their dietary choices or in setting national dietary guidance. (2019-01-08)
North-star perspectives for Actinium-225 production at commercial scale
Resolution of both supply and cost issues allows clinical research to proceed through clinical trials and potentially produce one or more effective therapies for cancer or infectious diseases that could benefit the public.NorthStar Medical Technologies, LLC, has investigated several routes that could lead to commercial scale production of actinium-225.The outlook for future supplies of actinium-225 from multiple sources to support clinical needs is encouraging. (2018-12-21)
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