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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Leaves a Nuanced Legacy on Environmental Issues

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion of women’s rights and one of the Supreme Court’s most liberal justices, has died. She was 87. Ginsburg, who had been the court’s eldest justice, had suffered from several health problems in recent years, including a recent recurrence of cancer in her liver (Greenwire, July 17). She died “surrounded by […]

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Who Benefits from Public Green Space?

As cities around the world experience the effects of urbanization and increased density, how and where we provide green space to urban dwellers becomes more important. Proximity to green spaces such as parks and biking trails helps to promote physical and mental health, and should be shared equally amongst urban communities. However, like many public […]

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The Sanctuary of Trees, How to Argue with a Racist and Other New Books

The Life & Love of the Forest by Lewis Blackwell Abrams, 2020 ($50) For those who have spent months indoors during the pandemic, walks in the woods have been a rare source of relief. This artful book is a captivating tribute to all forests that, even if we can’t travel to them, soothe the mind. […]

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Scientists Spot Giant Planet Orbiting Dead Star’s Corpse

We may now have direct evidence that planets can survive unscathed the violent churn that attends their host star’s death. Astronomers have spotted signs of an intact giant planet circling a superdense stellar corpse known as a white dwarf, a new study reports. The white dwarf in question, called WD 1856, is part of a three-star […]

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When Politics Distorts Science – Scientific American

I knew things had changed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in early 2018 when my routine request to interview a CDC scientist was held up for days on end. I’d been interviewing researchers there for decades and had never before hit a delay that meant missing my deadline. When I asked what […]

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Researchers Urge Federal Moonshot for Clean Energy

Columbia University researchers are urging the winner of this year’s presidential election to launch a moonshot-style mission to develop new clean energy technologies, a critical step on the path to net-zero carbon emissions. The group, which includes two former Obama energy officials and staff from the nonprofit Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, this week unveiled […]

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Earthquake Sounds Could Reveal How Quickly the Ocean Is Warming

There may be a new way to take the oceans’ temperature: using sound. Like the atmosphere, they are warming because of climate change, and they have absorbed about 90 percent of the excess heat trapped by greenhouse gases. This alteration contributes to sea-level rise, imperils marine species and influences weather patterns. But tracking the warming […]

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These Small Mammals Snort to a Different Tune

They grow to about 20 inches long and weigh less than 10 pounds. So you might not think they’d be the closest living relatives to elephants. Meet the rock hyrax, sometimes called the rock rabbit or the dassie, common in rocky areas of Africa and the Middle East. They live in groups of up to […]

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Can an Algorithm Help Solve Political Paralysis?

Dave Johnson refuses to eat fish farmed near Minneapolis. The retired construction worker, who lives in a rural area 150 miles north of the Twin Cities, claims “tourists’ garbage, salt runoff and fertilizer” make the metropolitan area’s farmed fish inedible. But for Johnson, the “divide between city people and rural people” is about much more […]

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A Grassroots Effort to Fight Misinformation during the Pandemic

During the height of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, with misinformation permeating every form of media, members of the public were growing increasingly concerned for their health and seeking answers about the virus, its mode of transmission and how to protect themselves and their loved ones. Five organizations came together, recruited hundreds of volunteer scientists and […]