MU researcher says ancient ocean parasites may help explain COVID, climate change

John Huntley believes that investigating the ancient parasite-host relationships could aid with solving problems like COVID-19 and climate change

ECB must step up efforts to 'green' monetary policy, Schnabel says

The European Central Bank must adjust its monetary policy to make it more climate-friendly, even as it shrinks its bloated balance sheet to fight runaway inflation in the euro zone, ECB board member Isabel Schnabel said on Tuesday.
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Meet the new GOP chair of the House Science Committee

The new Republican chair of the House Science Committee knows full well the dangers of climate change. But what Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) does with that knowledge is another question.

Rediscovered 19th-century records help show impact of climate change on plants

Some plants in New York state are flowering an average of 10 days earlier and leafing out 19 days earlier in the spring than they did in the 1800s.

Climate change and La Niña drive global natural disaster losses to $270bn in 2022

Last year looks to have been one of the costliest on record for natural disasters, with devastating floods and storms, searing heatwaves, and brutal droughts across the globe, driving estimated overall losses of $270bn worldwide, according to Munich Re.

Governments urged to confront effects of climate crisis on migrants

Governments must get to grips with the links between the climate crisis and the plight of migrants around the world, experts have said, as increasingly extreme weather is a mounting danger to already vulnerable displaced people, and is potentially pushing more people to flee their homes.

Foods like coffee and beef cause deforestation. This EU law could help fix the problem

In December, the European Union agreed on a landmark law to prevent companies from selling beef, coffee, and a handful of other commodities in the EU if they’re grown on land where forests were recently cleared.

Fracking poisoned this town’s water. now frackers are being allowed back in.
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Fracking poisoned this town’s water. now frackers are being allowed back in.

Pennsylvania authorities have ended a moratorium on fracking in the town of Dimock, highlighting the contradictory nature of fossil fuel politics in the region.
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