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Zooplankton Warn Us That Extinction Has A Tipping Point

Charlotte Hsu, University at Buffalo
Experts say the results of a study of ancient zooplankton fossils offer a warning about mass extinction events: There’s…

In America, Domestic Extremists Are A Bigger Risk Than Foreign Terrorism

David Alpher, George Mason University
Take America back from those who have stolen it. Protect America from those who want to destroy it. Restore the…

Offshore Wind Power Is Pulling Even With Fossil Fuels In Europe

Kieran Cooke, Climate News Network
Falling costs mean that power generated by offshore wind farms is becoming increasingly competitive with other fuels –…

Fear Is What Police Reform Doesn’t Address

Zenobia Jeffries, YES! Magazine
The most effective reforms are the ones that build community trust between citizens and the police that serve them.

Why We Need To Find A Cure For Social Death

Jana Králová, University of Bath
Every year, over 50m people in the world will die. Old age, disease, war and starvation all contribute to that number,…

Is The Trauma Of Police Violence Killing Black Women?

Christen Smith, University of Texas at Austin
Diamond Reynolds’ live stream of Philando Castile bleeding to death after being shot by Officer Jeronimo Yanez has…

What Happened To Iraq's Oil After The War?

Robert Smith, Coventry University
Opponents of the Iraq war often highlight the importance of oil when explaining why the invasion took place. While…

How Girl Scouts Get Their Parents To Go Green

Stanford University
Girl Scouts can help parents make energy-saving decisions at home, research shows. A team of researchers recently…

France's Social Fabric Frays From Terrorist Attacks

Simon Reich, Rutgers University Newark
Last night, we sat toasting Bastille Day, and watching a glorious fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower from our…

Art, Language And The Challenges Of Living On A Changing Planet

Faith Kearns, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
The common wisdom about climate change is that it’s too big and too abstract for humans to comprehend, that it’s too…

Why Is It So Hard To Improve American Policing?

Frederic Lemieux, George Washington University
The use of lethal force by police officers in Minnesota and Baton Rouge has once again sparked protests over the…

Why Paris Climate Targets Are Not Enough

Malte Meinshausen, University of Melbourne
The Paris climate agreement saw countries pledge to limit global warming to well below 2℃, and to aim to keep it within…

A View Of American Islam From The Suburbs

Justine Howe, Case Western Reserve University
On June 10 Americans celebrated Muhammad Ali as a paragon of athletic prowess, dignity in the face of suffering and…

Getting Illegal Foreign Money Into US Campaigns Is Easy Now

Kathy Kiely, BillMoyers.com
As campaign-finance reform advocates pounce on Donald Trump’s bizarre — because it’s blatantly illegal — spamming of…

The Earth's Past Presents A Warning Of Our Greater Warming

Tim Radford, Climate News Network
Reconstruction of climate events long before the Ice Ages shows that failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could…

We Can Make Common Chemicals From Wood Instead Of Oil

Super User
Today’s chemical industry relies on oil to make everything from plastics to detergents to medications. Scientists say…

Does The Developing World Have To Be Awash In Pesticides?

Super User
Herbicides, insecticides and fungicides threaten the environment and human health in many parts of the world. But…

These Fires Are Huge, Hidden And Harmful. What Can We Do?

XiaoZhi Lim, Ensia
Smoldering peat gives off massive quantities of carbon dioxide and other pollutants, but the search for solutions is on.

Why The Wounds From Incarceration Never Heal

Tony N. Brown, Vanderbilt University and Evelyn Patterson, Vanderbilt University
New research that we’ve published with our colleague Mary Laske Bell shows that African American men who are former…

How To Spot An Online Lie

Tom van Laer, City University London
There are three things you can be sure of in life: death, taxes – and lying. The latter certainly appears to have been…

How Regulating Guns Like Cars Could Improve Safety

Keith Guzik, University of Colorado Denver and Gary T. Marx, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
In the midst of the Senate’s failure to agree on measures designed to tighten controls around the sales of firearms, a…

Rapidly Warming Arctic Creates Green House Gas Danger Zone

Tim Radford, Climate News Network
Researchers warn that thawing soils in the Arctic tundra’s permafrost will release increasing quantities of carbon…

Will The New Chemical Regulation Bill Protect The Public?

Noah M. Sachs, University of Richmond
In a major overhaul of U.S. regulation of toxic chemicals, Congress last week passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical…

A Brief History Of Fossil-fuelled Climate Change Denial

John Cook, The University of Queensland
The fossil fuel industry has spent many millions of dollars on confusing the public about climate change. But the role…

How Solar Panels Save Everybody Money

Nancy Averett, Boston University
The solar panels of about 40,000 Massachusetts households and community groups cut electricity prices for all of the…

Why It's So Hard For Students To Have Their Debts Forgiven

Neal H. Hutchens, University of Mississippi and Richard Fossey, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Outstanding student loan debt in the United States reached a record US$1.35 trillion in March, up six percent from a…

Did the Press Take Down Bernie Sanders?

Neal Gabler, Bill Moyers.com
The rebellious nature of the Vermont senator's presidential bid didn't fit the mainstream media's predetermined…

Is Brazil No Longer The Country Of The Future?

Melvyn Levitsky, University of Michigan
When I first served in Brazil in the mid-1960s as a young American diplomat stationed at a small consulate in Belem on…

Turning CO2 Into Stone

Martin Stute, Columbia University
We seriously need to do something about CO2 emissions. Besides shifting to renewable energy sources and increasing…

El Niño Is Over, But It Has Left Its Mark Across The World

Alison Cook, Australian Bureau of Meteorology; Andrew B. Watkins, Australian Bureau of Meteorology; Blair Trewin, Australian Bureau of Meteorology, and Catherine Ganter, Australian Bureau of Meteorology
The 2015-16 El Niño has likely reached its end. Tropical Pacific Ocean temperatures, trade winds, cloud and pressure…

The Widening Economic Gap Among Young People

Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, Cornell University
Across the world, the current generation of youth has been remarkably active in mobilizing against inequality. From the…

Hillary Clinton Seizes On Environmental Justice

David Konisky, Indiana University, Bloomington
Hillary Clinton has won the California primary, in part by appealing to environmentalists in a state with a long…

Why Is Rural Broadband Access Still Such A Problem?

Brian Whitacre, Oklahoma State University
There is a well-documented “digital divide” between rural and urban areas when it comes to broadband access. As of…

Ancient Greeks Would Not Recognize Our Democracy

Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge
We owe to the ancient Greeks much, if not most of our own current political vocabulary. All the way from anarchy and…

Greenland Record Melt Tied To The Faster Arctic Warming

Amy Pullan, University of Sheffield
Following record-high temperatures and melting records that affected northwest Greenland in summer 2015, a new study…

Why Don’t Prime-Age Workers Feel Like Working?

Dean Baker and Kevin Cashman, CEPR
According to many economists, the economy is at or near its full employment level of output; see, for example, the San…

The Women Who Are Taking On Wal-Mart

Annelise Orleck, Dartmouth College
Pico Rivera is a dusty working-class Latino suburb of Los Angeles. After the school district, Wal-Mart is the city’s…

Why Should Prostitution Be Decriminalized?

Kari Lerum, University of Washington, Bothell
It seems that almost everyone has an opinion about prostitution and sex work. But with Amnesty International’s recent…

The Actual Impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Trade

Dean Baker
The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) recently came out with projections on the economic effects of…

What Is Going On With India's Weather?

Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, UNSW Australia; Andrew King, University of Melbourne, and Geert Jan van Oldenborgh
On May 19, India’s all-time temperature record was smashed in the northern city of Phalodi in the state of Rajasthan.…

El Niño Takes Its Toll on Southeast Asia

Super User
Drought has spread in several provinces of Mindanao Island. Photo from the Facebook page of RMP-NMR Rising temperatures…

Antarctica May Not Be As Isolated As We Thought

Ceridwen Fraser, Australian National University
For a long time, we have thought of Antarctica as isolated from the rest of the world. The continent is entirely…

Living With The Complexity Of Evolution, Ecology, Viruses And Climate Change

Peter C. Doherty, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
Biomedical researchers like me probe the mechanistic basis of health and disease. In a long career working at the…

Can Neuroscience Change The Way We Punish Criminals?

Allan McCay, University of Sydney and Jeanette Kennett
Australian law may be on the cusp of a brain-based revolution that will reshape the way we deal with criminals.

Sometimes The Best Medicine For A Veteran Is The Company Of Another Veteran

Elisa Borah, University of Texas at Austin
Many take time on Memorial Day to remember the Americans who have given their lives in service to our country.

Can We Reset Earth's Damaged Ecosystems

Martin Breed; Andrew Lowe; Nick Gellie, and Peter Mortimer, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Earth is in a land degradation crisis. If we were to take the roughly one-third of the world’s land that has been…

Could The West Sleepwalk Into A War With Russia

Richard Sakwa, University of Kent
Since the Ukraine crisis exploded into civil conflict and war in 2013, we have known that we live in troubled times. It…

What Is Causing The Pacific Ocean's Big Drop In Oxygen?

Josh Brown, Georgia Institute of Technology
"The scientific community always thought that the impact of air pollution is felt in the vicinity of where it…

Appalachian Coal Ashes Are A Bonanza In Rare Earth Elements

Ken Kingery, Duke University
The content of rare earth elements in US coal ashes shows that coal mined from the Appalachian Mountains could be the…

Reducing Energy Use Is A Big Winner For Business

Wei Sue, Monash University
Companies could improve their profits by 2-10% each year by saving energy. That’s just one of the findings of…

East Antarctic Glacier Once Thought Stable May Not Be

Tim Radford, Climate News Network
A huge glacier in the frozen wastes of East Antarctica, a region previously thought stable, could melt much faster than…

What’s Killing the American Middle Class?

Richard Eskow, OurFuture.org
A new study by the Pew Research Center spurred a rash of headlines last week about “the dying middle class.” But the…

The Flow Of The Tides Promise A Renewable Energy Bonanza

Paul Brown, Climate News Network
The daily ebb and flow of the tides promise a renewable energy bonanza for countries such as Canada and the UK that…

Middle East Searing Heat May Spark Climate Refugees

Tim Radford, Climate News Network
Temperatures in the Middle East and North Africa could reach unbearably high levels that would make some regions…

Rainstorms Raise An Airborne Dust Problem

Tim Radford, Climate News Network
Analysis of air samples shows that the cleansing effect of heavy rainfall is diminished by organic particles spattering…

Trump Is A Symptom That America Feels It's In Decline, Again

Liam Kennedy, University College Dublin
A visceral sense of domestic decline is coursing through contemporary American culture and politics – and it’s become…

Here's Why 2016 Is Likely To Be The World's Hottest Year

Andrew King, University of Melbourne and Ed Hawkins, University of Reading
We’re not even halfway through the year but already you may have heard talk of 2016 being the hottest on record. But…

Why the Economy Should Stop Growing And Just Grow Up

David Korten, YES! Magazine
“How do we grow the economy?” is an obsolete question. Local initiatives across the world are looking for maturity…

Great Barrier Reef Bleaching Is Just One Symptom Of Ecosystem Collapse Across Australia

Dale Nimmo, John Woinarski, Ralph Mac Nally, and Shaun Cunningham
Media reports around the world have brought the mass coral bleaching of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef into people’s…

Scientists Must Challenge The Bad Media Reporting On Climate Change

John Krebs, University of Oxford
Ocean acidification is causing fundamental and dangerous changes in the chemistry of the world’s oceans yet only one in…