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  • Sustainability Culture and Rebuilding Consensus on Environmental Policy

    Sustainability Culture and Rebuilding Consensus on Environmental Policy

    The only way out is by learning to listen to each other and forging compromises. The alternative is too dire to contemplate.

  • Changing Household Behavior to Reduce Carbon Emissions

    Changing Household Behavior to Reduce Carbon Emissions

    Actions by individuals and households to reduce carbon-based energy consumption have the potential to change the picture of U.S. energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions in the near term by integrating insights from the behavioral and social sciences.

  • The Male Seahorse – Supermom?

    The Male Seahorse – Supermom?

    The term, male-pregnancy, may seem to border on oxymoronic, but seahorses will prove to you otherwise.

  • Wondrous Wildlife of The Week – The Pebble Toad

    Wondrous Wildlife of The Week – The Pebble Toad

    Organisms in the natural world are constantly striving to avoid predation. Some prey depend on morphological characters to outsmart a worthy predator, utilizing camouflage or mimicry to avoid detection; others must engage in battle, relying on agility or strength. The Venezuela pebble toad, however, has an extremely peculiar defense mechanism: it rolls itself into the…

  • Lend me a Helping Trunk

    Lend me a Helping Trunk

    Researchers at the University of Cambridge recently found that elephants understand and can display complex levels of cooperation to reach a common goal.

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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

  • Sustainability Culture and Rebuilding Consensus on Environmental Policy

    Sustainability Culture and Rebuilding Consensus on Environmental Policy

    The only way out is by learning to listen to each other and forging compromises. The alternative is too dire to contemplate.

  • Changing Household Behavior to Reduce Carbon Emissions

    Changing Household Behavior to Reduce Carbon Emissions

    Actions by individuals and households to reduce carbon-based energy consumption have the potential to change the picture of U.S. energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions in the near term by integrating insights from the behavioral and social sciences.

  • The Male Seahorse – Supermom?

    The Male Seahorse – Supermom?

    The term, male-pregnancy, may seem to border on oxymoronic, but seahorses will prove to you otherwise.

  • Wondrous Wildlife of The Week – The Pebble Toad

    Wondrous Wildlife of The Week – The Pebble Toad

    Organisms in the natural world are constantly striving to avoid predation. Some prey depend on morphological characters to outsmart a worthy predator, utilizing camouflage or mimicry to avoid detection; others must engage in battle, relying on agility or strength. The Venezuela pebble toad, however, has an extremely peculiar defense mechanism: it rolls itself into the…

  • Lend me a Helping Trunk

    Lend me a Helping Trunk

    Researchers at the University of Cambridge recently found that elephants understand and can display complex levels of cooperation to reach a common goal.