An overwhelming majority of people want real change after COVID-19

An overwhelming majority of people want real change after COVID-19
86% of people want significant change to make the world fairer and more sustainable after COVID-19, a new study finds.Almost three-quarters want their own lives to change too.More than 21,000 people in 28 countries took part in the survey.The findings align with the World Economic Forum's call for a Great Reset after the crisis. A majority of people worldwide support calls for global leaders to ensure we make the world fairer and more sustainable...
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Wildlife populations have plummeted by two-thirds in 50 years

Wildlife populations have plummeted by two-thirds in 50 years
Natural areas that used to support biodiversity and have been converted for farming are the biggest reason for the population decline of thousands of species around the world.The WWF study has found that the average population size has dropped by 68% worldwide since 1970.These declines are stark warnings that human activity is becoming unsustainable on Earth. The average size of wildlife populations has plummeted by two-thirds worldwide since 197...
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Carbon pricing is effective in reducing emissions, largest-ever study finds

Carbon pricing is effective in reducing emissions, largest-ever study finds
A new study examines the impact of carbon pricing on emissions.Growth in annual carbon dioxide emissions was about 2 percentage points lower in countries with a carbon price than those without.The study also found that increasing the price by 1 euro per tonne was associated with decreasing emissions by a further 0.3% Putting a price on carbon should reduce emissions, because it makes dirty production processes more expensive than clean ones, righ...
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COVID-19 survivors can suffer long-term heart conditions, new study finds

COVID-19 survivors can suffer long-term heart conditions, new study finds
Survivors of COVID-19 can suffer from heart-related complications, including heart inflammation.Issues related to an inflamed heart include detrimental effects on its ability to pump blood around the rest of your body, raising the likelihood of strokes and other conditions.The interplay between non-communicable diseases and COVID-19 requires urgent attention. Growing evidence shows that COVID-19 survivors can suffer from long-term health effects,...
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Sustainable cement: the simple switch that could massively cut global carbon emissions

Sustainable cement: the simple switch that could massively cut global carbon emissions
Cement is vital in the construction industry, being the glue that holds concrete together.But cement production accounts for around 8% of global CO₂ emissions.Low-carbon alternatives are available and could help to revolutionize the way we build cities to mitigate against climate change. August 22 is Earth Overshoot Day, which marks the date when humanity's demand for ecological resources in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that ...
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Coral reefs: climate change and pesticides could conspire to crash fish populations

Coral reefs: climate change and pesticides could conspire to crash fish populations
Australia barely had time to recover from record breaking fires at the start of 2020 before the Great Barrier Reef experienced its third mass coral bleaching event in the past five years. Only five of these have occurred since records began in the 1980s. High water temperatures and marine heatwaves, caused by climate change, are making coral bleaching an almost regular occurrence in some parts of the world. Coral reefs are among the most vibrant ...
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Trump greenlights drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but will oil companies show up?

Trump greenlights drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but will oil companies show up?
The Trump administration has announced that it is opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas development – the latest twist in a decades-long battle over the fate of this remote area. Its timing is truly terrible. Low oil prices, a pandemic-driven recession and looming elections add up to highly unfavorable conditions for launching expensive drilling operations. In the longer term, the climate crisis and an ongoing shift...
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Germany is set to trial a Universal Basic Income scheme

Germany is set to trial a Universal Basic Income scheme
Starting this week, 120 Germans will receive a form of universal basic income every month for three years.The volunteers will get monthly payments of €1,200, or about $1,400, as part of a study testing a universal basic income.The study will compare the experiences of the 120 volunteers with 1,380 people who do not receive the payments.Supporters say it would reduce inequality and improve well-being, while opponents argue it would be too expensiv...
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Why low-end ‘climate sensitivity’ can now be ruled out

Why low-end ‘climate sensitivity’ can now be ruled out
Research published in the Reviews of Geophysics, develops the likely range of "equilibrium climate sensitivity" (ECS).This is the measure of how much the world can be expected to warm for a doubling of CO2 above pre-industrial levels.The findings suggest that the range of ECS is likely to be between 2.6C and 4.1C. After four years of labour and detailed discussions by an international team of scientists, we are able to quantify better than ever b...
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Learning sustainability

Learning sustainability
As I am a novice here, please forgive my greater than usual clumsiness. I saw an announcement asking people to post in the blog, and so I am dutifully making a effort to contribute. How many pillars are there in sustainable development - or sustainability? If you answer three, you would be right, at least in the traditional view of the term. This view holds that sustainability has three dimensions or pillars: society, the environment and the econ...
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