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Want to discover world’s top wildlife habitats? This website has them all

BirdLife International: “Where can you find out about the world’s most important sites for nature, and the reasons for their significance? The Key Biodiversity Area Partnership is delighted to announce the launch of its new website, containing everything you need to know about all 16,000 sites…13 of the world’s leading conservation institutions, including BirdLife International,… Continue Reading

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation World Risk Poll

“The World Risk Poll is the first ever global study of worry and risk across the world.  The poll was conducted by Gallup as part of its World Poll, and is based on interviews with over 150,000 people, including those living in places where little or no official data exists, yet where reported risks are… Continue Reading

Judge Amy Coney Barrett: HerJurisprudence and Potential Impact on the Supreme Court

CRS report via LC – Judge Amy Coney Barrett: Her Jurisprudence and Potential Impact on the Supreme Court, October 6, 2020: “On September 26, 2020, President Donald J. Trump announced the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to the Supreme Court of the United States… Continue Reading

What everyone should know about ventilation and preventing Covid-19 Empty classroom, air ventilation

Quartz: “There is growing consensus that one of the primary ways the novel coronavirus spreads is through the air. That makes it risky to put a lot of people in a poorly ventilated space. As schools, offices, and businesses reopen, facilities managers are looking at one particular metric to gauge whether there’s an elevated risk… Continue Reading

Trump official stalls polar bear study that could affect oil drilling in Alaska

Washington Post – “A top official at the Interior Department has delayed the release of a study that shows how oil and gas drilling in Alaska could encroach upon the territory of polar bears — which are already struggling for survival as a warming planet melts their habitat — according to documents obtained by The… Continue Reading

So many communities are testing poop for Covid-19, equipment is running out

Quartz – “As the Covid-19 pandemic continues on in the US, state and municipal groups are scrambling to find ways to track of new cases and potential outbreaks. One such method: scanning sewage for bits of the SARS-CoV-2 virus itself. As more cities try to implement wastewater-based epidemiology, they need to stock up on new… Continue Reading

Crows possess higher intelligence long thought a primarily human attribute

StatNews: “…Research unveiled on Thursday in Science finds that crows know what they know and can ponder the content of their own minds, a manifestation of higher intelligence and analytical thought long believed the sole province of humans and a few other higher mammals. A second study, also in Science, looked in unprecedented detail at… Continue Reading

Half a Million Sharks Could Be Killed to Make a Global COVID Vaccine

Vox – “Conservationists are worried that the mass production of a COVID-19 vaccine could devastate shark populations around the world, as a number of pharmaceutical companies are found to be using oil from the animals’ livers in the development of their vaccines. Squalene, a natural organic compound sourced primarily from shark liver oil, is most… Continue Reading

40% of world’s plant species at risk of extinction

State of the World’s Plants and Fungi – “Kew’s State of the World’s Plants and Fungi project provides assessments of our current knowledge of the diversity of plants and fungi on Earth, the global threats that they face, and the policies to safeguard them. Produced in conjunction with an international scientific symposium, Kew’s State of… Continue Reading

Science and Scientists Held in High Esteem Across Global Publics

Pew Research Center – “As publics around the world look to scientists and the research and development process to bring new treatments and preventive strategies for the novel coronavirus, a new international survey finds scientists and their research are widely viewed in a positive light across global publics, and large majorities believe government investments in… Continue Reading