Nearly two-thirds of older Black Americans can't afford to live alone without help – and it's even tougher for Latinos

Elder economic insecurity is a problem for all races, but it's far more common for people of color, particularly in certain states.

Jan Mutchler, Professor, Department of Gerontology, McCormack Graduate School Director, Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging, Gerontology Institute, University of Massachusetts Boston • conversation
Nov. 17, 2020 ~8 min

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We’ll see more fire seasons like 2020 - here’s a strategy for managing our nation’s flammable landscapes

A fire scientists offers a six-point strategy for preventing wildfires and living safely in flammable landscapes.

Jennifer Balch, Associate Professor of Geography and Director, Earth Lab, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Nov. 12, 2020 ~8 min

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Panic buying in the wake of COVID-19 underscores inequalities in South Africa

Most consumers in South Africa aren't able to fill up a trolley of groceries for their daily needs, let alone join the panic buying induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

James Lappeman, Head of Projects, UCT Liberty Institute of Strategic Marketing, University of Cape Town • conversation
March 22, 2020 ~7 min

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