Putting a dollar value on nature will give governments and businesses more reasons to protect it

When something is free, people use a lot of it. Economists are urging governments to compute values for natural resources – wildlife, plants, air, water – to create motives for protecting them.

Linda J. Bilmes, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Public Finance, Harvard Kennedy School • conversation
today ~9 min

Cutting methane gas 'crucial for climate fight'

Reducing methane emissions needs to play a much more important role in tackling global warming.

bbcnews
May 6, 2021 ~6 min

Cambridge researchers lead policy briefing on Nature-based Solutions for the climate and biodiversity crises

As societies face the triple challenge of avoiding the worst effects of climate change, protecting remaining biodiversity and improving human wellbeing, there

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 30, 2021 ~5 min

Team links fracking to higher heart attack risk

A "natural experiment" on the New York-Pennsylvania border links hydraulic fracking to an increased risk of heart attack, hospitalization, and death.

Mark Michaud-Rochester • futurity
April 28, 2021 ~7 min

'Can I see your parts list?' What AI's attempted chat-up lines tell us about computer-generated language

Endearing and amusing, AI's faltering attempts at flirting show how far computer-generated language has come.

Stefanie Ullmann, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Centre for the Humanities and Social Change, University of Cambridge • conversation
April 28, 2021 ~7 min

Farming without disturbing soil could cut agriculture's climate impact by 30% – new research

Drilling instead of tilling the soil to plant seeds could help the ground store more carbon.

Sofie Sjogersten, Associate Professor in Environmental Science, University of Nottingham • conversation
April 27, 2021 ~6 min

Nature 'more important than ever during lockdown'

Data confirms what many suspected - that nature and green spaces have provided solace during lockdown.

bbcnews
April 26, 2021 ~3 min

The US electric power sector is halfway to zero carbon emissions

Fifteen years ago electric power generation was the largest source of US greenhouse gas emissions. Now the power sector is leading the shift to a clean energy economy.

Ryan Wiser, Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory • conversation
April 20, 2021 ~6 min

Competition heats up in the melting Arctic, and the US isn't prepared to counter Russia

Russia is attempting to claim more of the Arctic seabed – an area rich in oil, gas and minerals – and its fleet of icebreakers is helping shipping expand. The US needs some creative ideas to catch up.

Rockford Weitz, Professor of Practice & Director, Fletcher Maritime Studies Program, The Fletcher School, Tufts University • conversation
April 19, 2021 ~9 min

New tool developed to study ‘undruggable’ proteins

Researchers at Harvard have designed new, highly selective tools that can add or remove sugars from a protein with no off-target effects, to examine exactly what the sugars are doing and engineer them into new treatments for “undruggable” proteins.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
April 16, 2021 ~7 min

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