How affordable health care can fight climate change

Improving health care in rural Indonesia reduced incentives for illegal logging in a nearby national park, averting millions of dollars’ worth of atmospheric carbon emissions, a study finds. The finding indicates that accessible and affordable health care could be a key tool for addressing the climate crisis. Although the link may not be obvious, health…

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‘Nearly invisible’ leopards rebound in China

Leopard populations in northern China are on the mend, according to new research. Most of the world’s leopards are endangered and generally, the number of these shy and stunning cats is decreasing. Leopards are fascinating animals. In addition to being sublime hunters that will eat nearly anything and can survive in varied habitats from forests…

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New wasp may be a parasite of a parasite

Researchers have discovered a new wasp species that may be a parasite of a parasite. A horrifying insect soap opera with vampires, mummies, and infant-eating parasites is playing out on the stems and leaves of live oak trees every day, and evolutionary biologist Scott Egan found the latest character within walking distance of his lab.…

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Stress shows up in your spit after work interruptions

The body produces more of the stress hormone cortisol when people are repeatedly interrupted at work, researchers report. And yet participants in the new study did not experience an equal rise in their perceived sense of psychological stress. According to the Job Stress Index 2020 compiled by Stiftung Gesundheitsförderung Schweiz, a Swiss health foundation, almost…

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Volcanoes feed the atmosphere on Jupiter’s moon Io

The atmosphere on Jupiter’s moon Io is a witches’ brew, composed primarily of the sulfurous exhalations of more than 400 volcanoes that dot the surface. A new study clarifies how it got that way. Until now, it was unclear whether volcanoes spewing hot sulfur dioxide (SO2) are the main contributors to the atmosphere, or whether…

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Volcanoes feed the atmosphere on Jupiter’s moon Io

The atmosphere on Jupiter’s moon Io is a witches’ brew, composed primarily of the sulfurous exhalations of more than 400 volcanoes that dot the surface. A new study clarifies how it got that way. Until now, it was unclear whether volcanoes spewing hot sulfur dioxide (SO2) are the main contributors to the atmosphere, or whether…

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