How 10 billion people could live well by 2050 – using as much energy as we did 60 years ago

Flattening inequality between and within countries could allow everyone a good standard of living within a liveable climate.

Joel Millward-Hopkins, Postdoctoral Researcher in Sustainability, University of Leeds • conversation
Oct. 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change energy automation energy-efficiency climate-action renewable-energy energy-consumption global-inequality

The urge to punish is not only about revenge – unfairness can unleash it, too

Unfairness alone is upsetting enough to drive people to punish lucky recipients of unfair outcomes.

Paul Deutchman, PhD Candidate in Psychology, Boston College • conversation
Sept. 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: morality psychology inequality competition motivation behavioral-economics evolutionary-psychology psychology-research fairness morals punishment justice deterrence stealing moral-outrage theft inequity social-inequity

Harvard journal keeps data scientists connected during COVID

Data science provides a foundation for an important front in the battle against COVID-19. The Harvard Data Science Review, a journal of the Harvard Data Science Initiative, is helping keep data scientists connected and up to date on the latest findings.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Sept. 18, 2020 ~21 min

Tags: science-technology covid-19 inequality data-science alvin-powell bias francesca-dominici harvard-data-science-initiative harvard-data-science-review xiao-li-meng

Top 1% of EU households have carbon footprints 22 times larger than climate targets allow

Our new research uncovered stark carbon inequality across the EU.

Richard Wood, Professor of Industrial Ecology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology • conversation
Aug. 27, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: carbon-emissions inequality carbon-footprint 15-degrees

How racism and classism affect natural ecosystems

Scientists find inequality between humans also harms the birds, the bees, the microbes and the trees.

Jake M. Robinson, PhD Researcher, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: biodiversity inequality racism indigenous-people urban-ecology

Nature and nurture both contribute to gender inequality in leadership – but that doesn't mean patriarchy is forever

Recognizing the influence of evolution on behavior and gender norms suggests ways to reduce gender inequality in leadership in the real world.

Christopher von Rueden, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond • conversation
Aug. 18, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: anthropology gender gender-inequality leadership human-evolutionary-biology social-norms competition gender-roles evolutionary-biology competitiveness patriarchy gender-norms womens-leadership

Fine-particle air pollution has decreased across the US, but poor and minority communities are still the most polluted

A new study shows that while fine particle air pollution has declined nationwide over the past 40 years, the health and environmental benefits haven't been shared evenly.

Jay Shimshack, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics, University of Virginia • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: public-health inequality air-pollution environmental-justice particulates us-environmental-protection-agency environmental-health us-environmental-policy monitoring

Random testing in Indiana shows COVID-19 is 6 times deadlier than flu, and 2.8% of the state has been infected

A team of researchers from Indiana University performed random testing for SARS-CoV-2 across the state. The results offer some of the most accurate data to date about important aspects of the virus.

Nir Menachemi, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Indiana University • conversation
July 21, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: health epidemiology public-health coronavirus inequality pandemic statistics sars-cov-2 testing random-sampling antibody-testing indiana rt-pcr covi-19 death-rate

Ending the pandemic will take global access to COVID-19 treatment and vaccines – which means putting ethics before profits

The high cost of pharmaceuticals often means only the richest patients get lifesaving medicines. As coronavirus drugs emerge, it will require hard, creative work to ensure they're available to all.

Nicole Hassoun, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Binghamton University, State University of New York • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus global-health ethics inequality tuberculosis prescription-drug-prices remdesivir covid-19-vaccine religion-and-society bioethics access-to-medicines drug-prices essential-medicines polio-vaccination ethical-dilemma

Affluence is killing the planet, warn scientists

We need to move towards 'sufficiency-oriented' lifestyles.

Manfred Lenzen, Professor of Sustainability Research, School of Physics, University of Sydney • conversation
June 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  sustainability  climate-change  inequality

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