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December 12, 2019

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With climate change, plants of the future will consume more water than in the present day, leading to less water available ... read more

Kids in Poor, Urban Schools Learn Just as Much as Others

Schools serving disadvantaged and minority children teach as much to their students as those serving more advantaged kids, according to a new nationwide US study. Test scores speak more to what ... read more

The Case for Retreat in the Battle Against Climate Change

With sea level rise and extreme weather threatening coastal communities, it's no longer a question of whether they are going to retreat; it's where, when and how. In a new paper, researchers advocate ... read more

For Non-Hispanic Whites in the US, Life Expectancy Outlook Worsens

For nearly a century, life expectancy in the United States has been increasing. By contrast, research shows that mortality numbers for non-Hispanic whites in the U.S. are now rising, especially for ... read more
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Regional Trends in Overdose Deaths Reveal Multiple Opioid Epidemics

The United States in the grip of several simultaneously occurring opioid epidemics, rather than just a single crisis. The epidemics came to light after the researchers analyzed county-level data on ... read more

Lack of Specialists Doom Rural Sick Patients

Residents of rural areas are more likely to be hospitalized and to die than those who live in cities primarily because they lack access to specialists, according to new ... read more

Using Controlled Environment Food Production to Solve Food Shortages

Before land and labor shortages prompted by the Industrial Revolution forced food production to move away from cities, agriculture was central to urban environments and their planning. Now, certain ... read more

Mapping Disease Outbreaks in Urban Settings Using Mobile Phone Data

A new study into the interplay between mobility and the 2013 and 2014 dengue outbreaks in Singapore has uncovered a legal void around access to mobile phone data -- information that can prove vital ... read more

Study Dissects Attitudes on Short-Term Vacation Rentals

Feelings of neighborhood pride, interactions with tourists and a community's laws can all influence how neighbors feel about short-term vacation ... read more

Extent of Human Encroachment Into World's Protected Areas Revealed

Largest study yet to compare protected with 'matched' unprotected land finds 'significantly higher' increases in human pressure -- primarily through agriculture -- in protected ... read more

Rethinking the Role of Technology in the Classroom

Introducing tablets and laptops to the classroom has certain educational virtues, according to one researcher, but her research suggests that tech has its limitations as well. A new study shows a ... read more

Closures Affect 1 in 8 Pharmacies in the US

Despite an overall increase in the number of pharmacies in the U.S. from 2009 to 2015, one in eight pharmacies, or 9,654, had closed during this period. Independent pharmacies in both urban and rural ... read more

Study Finds Topsoil Is Key Harbinger of Lead Exposure Risks for Children

Tracking lead levels in soil over time is critical for cities to determine lead contamination risks for their youngest and most vulnerable residents, according to a new ... read more

Living With Fire Risk Is Not Easy

A research team has outlined governance and policy approaches to better manage ... read more

Grouping 'Smart Cities' Into Types May Help Aspiring City Planners Find a Path

A comparative analysis of 'smart cities' worldwide reveals four distinct types, according to researchers. The categories may help city planners to identify and emulate models that are close ... read more

Barrier to Rural Opioid Treatment: Driving Distance to Methadone Clinics

People who live in rural counties in five states heavily affected by the opioid epidemic must drive longer distances to obtain methadone, a treatment for opioid addiction, compared to individuals ... read more

Urban Agriculture Can Push the Sustainability

A group of researchers assessed how urban agriculture can help Phoenix meet its sustainability ... read more

Big Cities Breed Partners in Crime

Researchers have long known that bigger cities disproportionately generate more crime. Now a new study explains why: It's easier for criminals to find ... read more

Planned Roads Would Be 'Dagger in the Heart' for Borneo's Forests and Wildlife

Malaysia's plans to create a Pan-Borneo Highway will severely degrade one of the world's most environmentally imperiled regions, says a research ... read more

Bigger Cities Boost 'Social Crimes'

The same underlying mechanism that boosts urban innovation and startup businesses can also explain why certain types of crimes, like car theft and robbery, thrive in a larger ... read more

Threatened Species Habitat Destruction Shows Federal Laws Are Broken

Human activities have destroyed more than 7.7 million hectares of threatened species habitat, revealing critical failures with Australia's federal environmental protection ... read more

Beyond Borders: Understanding Migration Requires Understanding Changing Land Systems

For tens of millions of people, migration is a tough reality. What causes people to migrate away from their home countries, and what happens when they do? Migrants and their labor are responsible for ... read more

What If We Paid Countries to Protect Biodiversity?

Researchers have developed a financial mechanism to support the protection of the world's natural heritage. In a recent study, they developed three different design options for an ... read more

Texas Cities Increasingly Susceptible to Large Measles Outbreaks

The growing number of children arriving at Texas schools unvaccinated makes the state increasingly vulnerable to measles outbreaks in cities large and small, according to a computer simulation. The ... read more

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