Reducing methane is crucial for protecting climate and health, and it can pay for itself – yet emissions are still rising fast, a new UN report warns

The lead author of a new UN report on methane explains the findings and how oil and gas companies could be making money and saving the planet at the same time.

Drew Shindell, Professor of Climate Sciences, Duke University • conversation
May 6, 2021 ~9 min

Cutting methane emissions is crucial for protecting climate and health, and it pays for itself – so why aren't more companies doing it?

The lead author of a new UN report on methane explains the findings and how oil and gas companies could be making money and saving the planet at the same time.

Drew Shindell, Professor of Climate Sciences, Duke University • conversation
May 6, 2021 ~9 min

Nocturnal dinosaurs: Night vision and superb hearing in a small theropod suggest it was a moonlight predator

By looking at the eye bones and ear canals of extinct dinosaurs, researchers show that a small ancient predator likely hunted at night and had senses as good as a modern barn owl.

Roger Benson, Professor of Palaeobiology, University of Oxford • conversation
May 6, 2021 ~9 min

Wildfires are contaminating drinking water systems, and it's more widespread than people realize

An increasing number of communities are discovering dangerous contamination in their water systems weeks or months after fires.

Andrew J. Whelton, Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental & Ecological Engineering, Director of the Healthy Plumbing Consortium and Center for Plumbing Safety, Purdue University • conversation
May 6, 2021 ~9 min

Reducing methane is good for climate, health and can pay for itself – yet emissions are still rising fast, a new UN report warns

The lead author of a new UN report on methane explains the findings and how oil and gas companies could be making money and saving the planet at the same time.

Drew Shindell, Professor of Climate Sciences, Duke University • conversation
May 6, 2021 ~9 min

Climate change: how bad could the future be if we do nothing?

A future of heat and strife or humanity’s finest hour – our response to climate change today will define the 21st century.

Mark Maslin, Professor of Earth System Science, UCL • conversation
May 6, 2021 ~9 min

Trump's Facebook ban upheld – but the future of the oversight board is in doubt

Trump will not be returning to Facebook or Instagram before November 2021.

Elaine Fahey, Professor of Law and Jean Monnet Chair of Law & Transatlantic Relations, City Law School, City, University of London • conversation
May 6, 2021 ~6 min

What causes miscarriages? An expert explains why women shouldn't blame themselves

Miscarriage occurs in 15% to 25% of diagnosed pregnancies, bringing heartache to millions of women, many of whom blame themselves. In most cases, however, miscarriage is due to random genetic errors.

Rochanda Mitchell, Fellow in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
May 5, 2021 ~6 min

Early humans used fire to permanently change the landscape tens of thousands of years ago in Stone Age Africa

Combining evidence from archaeology, geochronology and paleoenvironmental science, researchers identified how ancient humans by Lake Malawi were the first to substantially modify their environment.

Sarah Ivory, Assistant Professor of Geosciences, Penn State • conversation
May 5, 2021 ~11 min

Adults are more generous in the presence of children – new research

The findings suggest adults feel more prosocial with children around – even if they don't have any themselves.

Gregory Maio, Professor of Psychology, University of Bath • conversation
May 5, 2021 ~7 min

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