In the near future, unprecedented drought conditions are projected to be more frequent and consecutive in certain regions
It is critical to better understand when severe drought conditions expressed as “unprecedented” will become frequent.
What is "green infrastructure"?
A tool to help cities achieve sustainability and resilience goals while improving the lives of urban residents, how green infrastructure is defined guides the types of projects that cities implement, with enduring impacts on people and the urban environment.
Neighborhood trees may protect against high medical costs, poor health
In neighborhoods lacking tree cover, residents suffer poorer health and incur hundreds of dollars more in medical costs than neighbors on leafier blocks, according to a new study of 5 million Americans over a 13-year period.
Are people more willing to empathize with animals or with other humans?
When people are deciding whether to engage in empathy, context matters. This new research could have important implications for how new environmental policy messaging is framed.
Spending time in nature promotes early childhood development
Children living in a residential location with more vegetation and richer natural environments showed better overall development than their peers with less greenspace, highlighting the fundamental importance of natural green spaces like street trees, parks and community gardens.
Does environmental stress drive migration?
The level of climate and other-induced immigration is going to affect all of our lives between now and at least the end of the century. It will force changes in the way we live, the way we run our businesses, our neighborhoods, and our ability to make a living.
How quickly can we recover from global warming?
New polling shows most Europeans are eager to have their leaders do something about climate change but are also unwilling to make any lifestyle sacrifice to make it happen. Meanwhile, climate change is causing temperatures to rise and increasing the likelihood of storms, out-of-control fires, heavy rain, and flooding.
Air pollution exposure during pregnancy has long-term impact on children's health, development
So many studies have shown that we can vastly improve our mental and physical health by cleaning up our air. All we have to do is make it unprofitable for corporations to pollute instead of profitable to do so. As the song says, “When will they ever learn?”
Why some firms prepare for natural disasters and others don't
Have you noticed that despite the increasing frequency and severity of floods, storms, wildfires and other natural hazards, some firms in disaster-prone areas prepare while others do not? I’ve noticed this phenomenon from China to the US and Australia and it never ceases to amaze me.
Climate change is driving people to skip having kids
When deciding whether to have children, there are many factors to consider: finances, support systems, personal values. For a growing number of people, climate change is also being added to the list of considerations.
Making spaces on the high street for clothing repair
Sometimes I come across a study which is just so…..human. I relish it and can’t wait to pass it on. This is one of them. The researchers found that making space in high street shops for people to repair clothes could mend the damage caused by fast fashion and transform sewing into a wellbeing activity. Wow!
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