Emphasizing individual solutions to big issues can reduce support for government efforts

Experiments suggest that making individuals aware of how they can help solve large-scale problems makes them less likely to support government-based solutions.

Plastic made from sugar and carbon dioxide

Some biodegradable plastics could in the future be made using sugar and carbon dioxide, replacing unsustainable plastics made from crude oil.

Winning climate strategy demands details

Examining the daily minutia of climate, not just temperature, but also sunshine, precipitation and soil moisture simultaneously all over a country gives a better...

Floodplain farm fields benefit juvenile salmon

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Peatlands, already dwindling, could face further losses

Tropical peatlands have been disappearing fast due to clear-cutting and drainage projects. Now, new research shows peatlands face another threat, as climate change alters...

Lab on a chip could monitor health, germs and pollutants

Imagine wearing a device that continuously analyzes your sweat or blood for different types of biomarkers, such as proteins that show you may have...

Late-nesting birds, bees face habitat threat

Bird and bumblebee species that nest late in the year are suffering more from the destruction of habitats, new research suggests. With habitats such...

Worldwide hotspots for alien plants and animals: Islands and coastal regions

The distribution of established alien species in different regions of the world varies significantly. Until now, scientists were uncertain about where the global hotspots...

Iqaluit could start running out of fresh water by 2024

Without action, the supply of fresh water in Iqaluit will begin to dwindle by 2024 due to climate change and increased demand, new research...

Volcanic ‘plumerang’ could impact human health

A new study has found a previously undetected potential health risk from the high concentration of small particles found in a boomerang-like return of...

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