Coronavirus dreams: how anger, sadness and fear crept in during lockdown – new research

The level of anger and sadness in our dreams may be related to how much we suffer mentally with social isolation.

Mark Blagrove, Professor of Psychology, Swansea University • conversation
Nov. 30, 2020 ~7 min

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Why COVID-19 has left the UK especially vulnerable to flooding this winter

La Niña means we are forecast a wet winter – and people are struggling and ill-prepared.

Gabrielle Powell, PhD Candidate in Environmental Science, University of Reading • conversation
Nov. 30, 2020 ~7 min

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Following a t-shirt from cotton field to landfill shows the true cost of fast fashion

Black Friday sales reveal fast fashion extremes. But how does it affect the planet?

Mark Sumner, Lecturer in Sustainablity, Fashion and Retail, University of Leeds • conversation
Nov. 30, 2020 ~7 min

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The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was a record-smasher – and it's raising more concerns about climate change

There were so many tropical storms in 2020, forecasters exhausted the list of names and started using Greek letters. And that's only one reason 2020 was extreme.

Allison Wing, Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Florida State University • conversation
Nov. 30, 2020 ~8 min

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Fences have big effects on land and wildlife around the world that are rarely measured

Millions of miles of fences crisscross the Earth's surface. They divide ecosystems and affect wild species in ways that often are harmful, but are virtually unstudied.

Wenjing Xu, PhD Candidate in Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
Nov. 30, 2020 ~10 min

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Boeing 737 Max: why was it grounded, what has been fixed and is it enough?

Almost two years after crashing twice within five months and being pulled out of service, the Boeing 737 Max's return to the skies has now been approved.

John McDermid, Director, Assuring Autonomy International Programme, University of York • conversation
Nov. 27, 2020 ~7 min

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Parler is bringing together mainstream conservatives, anti-Semites and white supremacists as the social media platform attracts millions of Trump supporters

Millions of supporters of Donald Trump have flocked to the far-right social media platform Parler, where heat speech thrives.

Alex Newhouse, Research Lead, Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism, Middlebury Institute of International Studies • conversation
Nov. 27, 2020 ~11 min

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How green is your Christmas tree?

It depends on where and how it's grown, and how it is disposed of or recycled.

Ian D. Rotherham, Professor of Environmental Geography and Reader in Tourism and Environmental Change, Sheffield Hallam University • conversation
Nov. 27, 2020 ~5 min

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Curious Kids: If the Earth is spinning all the time, why don't things move around?

The Earth spins around its axis every day – but gravity keeps us firmly in place.

Jacco van Loon, Astrophysicist and Director of Keele Observatory, Keele University • conversation
Nov. 27, 2020 ~5 min

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Climate change is making autumn leaves change colour earlier – here's why

Warmer temperatures cannot increase the amount of carbon deciduous trees absorb in each growing season, a new study suggests.

Philip James, Professor of Ecology, University of Salford • conversation
Nov. 26, 2020 ~6 min

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