Global obsession with economic growth will increase risk of deadly pandemics in future

By continuing to privilege economic growth over environmental and social sustainability, we are taking huge risks with our future.

Julia Kreienkamp, Researcher at the Global Governance Institute, UCL • conversation
March 5, 2021 ~8 min

Your favorite fishing stream may be at high risk from climate change – here’s how to tell

Groundwater was once thought to buffer streams from warming, but an inexpensive new technique shows streams fed by shallow groundwater may be just as susceptible as those without.

Danielle Hare, Hydrogeologist, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Connecticut • conversation
March 4, 2021 ~6 min

Where the economy tanks, heart attack deaths rise

There's a link between uneven economic recovery after the Great Recession and deaths from heart attacks and stroke. What about after the pandemic downturn?

Sameed Khatana - Penn • futurity
March 1, 2021 ~6 min

What's really driving coal power's demise?

Contrary to popular belief, falling natural gas prices didn't accelerate coal power plant retirements. Here's what did.

Jeffrey York, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
March 1, 2021 ~6 min

King Climate Action Initiative announces new research to test and scale climate solutions

Research is part of a $25 million effort to generate evidence on the real-world effectiveness of policies and programs at the intersection of poverty and climate change.

Sarah DiCioccio | Andrea Cristina Ruiz | Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) • mit
Feb. 25, 2021 ~10 min

Study: Covid-19 communications featuring racially diverse physicians can improve health outcomes for communities of color

Improved public health messaging to Black, Latinx, and other communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic can increase Covid-19 knowledge and information-seeking.

J-PAL North America • mit
Feb. 22, 2021 ~4 min

First COVID-19 lockdown cost UK hospitality and high street £45 billion in turnover, researchers estimate

However, UK supermarkets and online retailers made an additional £4 billion each thanks to the coronavirus lockdown that began in March last year, according to

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 18, 2021 ~6 min

Repeat COVID-19 testing could save lives and money

To slow its spread, everyone in the US should be tested for COVID-19 on a regular, rotating basis, epidemiologists say.

Esther Robards-Forbes - UT Austin • futurity
Feb. 9, 2021 ~5 min

Nature: how do you put a price on something that has infinite worth?

People both for and against pricing biodiversity need to work together to protect the natural world.

Tom Oliver, Professor of Applied Ecology, University of Reading • conversation
Feb. 5, 2021 ~7 min

Not all banking crises involve panics

Study shows many kinds of finance-sector failures — not just history’s most famous bank runs — lead to economic downturns.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 5, 2021 ~7 min