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New Research Highlights Health Risks to Babies on the Front Line of Climate Change

Extreme rainfall associated with climate change is causing harm to babies in some of the most forgotten places on the planet setting in motion a chain of disadvantage down the generations, according to new research in Nature Sustainability.

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New Study Identifies Mountain Snowpack Most “At-Risk” from Climate Change

As the planet warms, scientists expect that mountain snowpack should melt progressively earlier in the year.

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Regulators Ban Fracking Permanently in the Four-State Delaware River Watershed

The regulatory agency in charge of managing the Delaware River and its tributaries voted last week to permanently ban natural gas drilling and fracking within the entire four-state watershed, which supplies the drinking water for more than 13 million people in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York.

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Global Warming Poses Threat to Food Chains

Scientists measured the transfer of energy from single-celled algae (phytoplankton) to small animals that eat them (zooplankton).

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Pesticide Threatens Future for Key Pollinator: U of G Study

An insecticide used to control pest infestations on squash and pumpkins significantly hinders the reproduction of ground-nesting bees — valuable pollinators for many food crops, a new University of Guelph study has revealed.

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“Stark Warning”: Combating Ecosystem Collapse From the Tropics to the Antarctic

Their report, authored by 38 Australian, UK and US scientists from universities and government agencies, is published today in the international journal Global Change Biology.

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The Social Life of Bees: Once Solitary, Behaviour Plays a Role in Gene Selection for Socialness

The maternal care of offspring is one of the behavioural drivers that has led some bee species to have an ever-expanding social life over the history of evolution, new research out of York University has found.

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Toronto’s COVID-19 Bike Lane Expansion Boosted Access to Jobs, Retail: U of T Engineering Study

With COVID-19 making it vital for people to keep their distance from one another, the city of Toronto undertook the largest one-year expansion of its cycling network in 2020, adding about 25 kilometres of temporary bikeways.

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OU Study Highlights Need for Improving Methane Emission Database

A University of Oklahoma-led study published in 2020 revealed that both area and plant growth of paddy rice is significantly related to the spatial-temporal dynamics of atmospheric methane concentration in monsoon Asia, where 87% of the world’s paddy rice fields are situated. 

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Embed Germ Defence Behaviours at Home to Reduce Virus Spread Now and in the Future – New Study

Whilst the nation has taken to washing its hands regularly since the start of the pandemic, other individual behaviours, such as cleaning and disinfecting surfaces or social distancing within the home, have proved harder to stick, say the researchers behind the behaviour change website Germ Defence.

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