Cambridge researchers advise county council on net zero policy actions

A team of early-career researchers from the University of Cambridge are working with the county council to identify the best ways for Cambridgeshire to reach net zero emissions.

Cambridge University News | Feb. 19, 2020 | cambridge
~9 mins   

Tags: sustainable-earth climate-change policy east-of-england engineering

Climate change: Fertiliser could be used to power ocean-going ships

Ammonia, the key ingredient of fertiliser, can be burned in ships’ engines in place of polluting diesel.

By Roger Harrabin | Feb. 19, 2020 | bbcnews
~5 mins   

Tags: climate-change

How to deflect an asteroid

MIT engineers devise a decision map to identify the best mission type to deflect an incoming asteroid.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Feb. 18, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering asteroids astronomy nasa research satellites school-of-engineering space astronomy-and-planetary-science

In soda tax fight, experts hear echoes of tobacco battles

Taxes on sugary drinks are potentially effective tools to fight the obesity epidemic and advocates are drawing lessons from the long battle against tobacco as they plot what they know will be a tough road ahead.

Alvin Powell | Feb. 18, 2020 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell and-bioethics-emily-broad-leib basic-research biotechnology carmel-shachar diabetes harvard-law-school harvard-medical-school-center-for-bioethics obesity petrie-flom-center-for-health-law-policy soda soda-tax steven-gortmaker sugar-sweetened-beverages

West Coast water trouble will head east

Thanks to climate change, "the East Coast could start looking like the West Coast from a water standpoint. That's going to be a real challenge."

Daniel Stolte-Arizona | Feb. 18, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change droughts united-states water

Shocking Chicago meatpacking pics shifted public policy

Photojournalism revealed the adulterated products and other horrors of the Chicago meatpacking industry, sparking both the novel "The Jungle" and real change.

Chelsea Davis-Iowa State | Feb. 18, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture food history images meat photography rhetoric

Listen: How women made the Montgomery bus boycott a reality

Hear how women organized to help make the Montgomery bus boycott a reality, and why they're work is sometimes forgotten.

Anne Brice-Berkeley | Feb. 18, 2020 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture gender history protests race-and-ethnicity segregation united-states

WWI helmet beats modern ones at shock wave protection

The French Adrian military helmet from WWI outdid modern helmets in shock wave tests—a surprising result that could improve today's military equipment.

Ken Kingery-Duke | Feb. 18, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine brains history injuries military world-war-i

Extreme weather could push the U.S. into recession

Financial markets aren't taking into account the effects extreme weather and climate change could have on the future of the economy, a researcher warns.

Karen Nikos-UC Davis | Feb. 18, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment society-and-culture climate-change economics money natural-disasters weather

Coronavirus: Largest study suggests elderly and sick are most at risk

The deadliness of the virus advances progressively with the age of the patient, research suggests.

BBC Science News | Feb. 18, 2020 | bbcnews
~7 mins   

Tags: coronavirus-outbreak

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