Environmental Policy

Climate insurance is rarely well thought out in agriculture
September 25, 2017 05:21 PM - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ

Internationally subsidised agricultural insurance is intended to protect farmers in developing countries from the effects of climate change. However, it can also lead to undesirable ecological and social side effects, as UFZ researchers and their US colleagues at the University of Oregon have explained in a review article in the latest issue of Global Environmental Change. The article also contains recommendations for improved insurance schemes which in future should also take account of ecological and social aspects in addition to economic issues.

Antarctic Glacier Loses Chunk of Ice Four Times the Size of Manhattan
September 25, 2017 04:48 PM - Yale Environment 360

A section of ice more than 100 square miles in size — four times as large as Manhattan — has broken off the Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica. It is the fifth major calving, or ice loss, event on the glacier since 2000.

This year's hurricanes are a taste of the future
September 22, 2017 05:41 PM - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In a detailed talk about the history and the underlying physics of hurricanes and tropical cyclones, MIT Professor Kerry Emanuel yesterday explained why climate change will cause such storms to become much stronger and reach peak intensity further north, heightening their potential impacts on human lives in coming years.

Flint Residents Experienced Decline in Fertility During Lead Water Crisis
September 22, 2017 05:06 PM - Yale Environment 360

In the year after Flint, Michigan changed its water supply to the lead-tainted Flint River, there was decrease in fertility and an increase in fetal deaths among residents, according to an analysis of health statistics by a team of U.S. economists.

USDA-funded study finds no-tillage alone not sufficient to prevent water pollution from nitrate
September 22, 2017 04:50 PM - Indiana University

A new IUPUI study funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture answers a long-debated agricultural question: whether no-tillage alone is sufficient to prevent water pollution from nitrate. The answer is no.

Breathing dirty air may harm kidneys
September 22, 2017 09:12 AM - Washington University in St. Louis

Outdoor air pollution has long been linked to major health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A new study now adds kidney disease to the list, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs (VA) St. Louis Health Care System.

When residents take charge of their rainforests, fewer trees die
September 20, 2017 04:09 PM - Ohio State University

When the government gives citizens a personal stake in forested land, trees don’t disappear as quickly and environmental harm slows down.

Protected Waters Foster Resurgence of West Coast Rockfish
September 20, 2017 03:50 PM - NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region

West Coast rockfish species in deep collapse only 20 years ago have multiplied rapidly in large marine protected areas off Southern California, likely seeding surrounding waters with enough offspring to offer promise of renewed fishing, a new study has found.

WSU researchers see popular herbicide affecting health across generations
September 20, 2017 03:01 PM - Washington State University

First, the good news. Washington State University researchers have found that a rat exposed to a popular herbicide while in the womb developed no diseases and showed no apparent health effects aside from lower weight.

Mathematics predicts a sixth mass extinction
September 20, 2017 02:44 PM - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In the past 540 million years, the Earth has endured five mass extinction events, each involving processes that upended the normal cycling of carbon through the atmosphere and oceans. These globally fatal perturbations in carbon each unfolded over thousands to millions of years, and are coincident with the widespread extermination of marine species around the world. 

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