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Policy interventions to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions have a variety of effects on the economy and on households. A study carried out...

Over time, nuisance flooding can cost more than extreme, infrequent events

Global climate change is being felt in many coastal communities of the United States, not always in the form of big weather disasters but...

New studies quantify the impacts of water use on diversity of fish and aquatic...

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Prides, protection and parks: Africa's protected areas can support four times as many lions

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Winners and losers: Climate change will shift vegetation

Projected global warming will likely decrease the extent of temperate drylands by a third over the remainder of the 21st century coupled with an...

Fifth of world's food lost to over-eating and waste, study finds

Almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests. The world population consumes around...

The secret of scientists who impact policy

Why does some research lead to changes in public policy, while other studies of equal quality do not? That crucial question -- how science impacts...

6,600 spills from fracking in just four states

Each year, 2 to 16 percent of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill hydrocarbons, chemical-laden water, hydraulic fracturing fluids and other substances, according...

Unsung hero of science: Assessment

Katharine Mach, who served as co-director of science on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will present her most recent findings on the...

It's more than just climate change

A new scientific paper by a University of Maryland-led international team of distinguished scientists, including five members of the National Academies, argues that there...

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