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How to boost recycling: Reward consumers with discounts, deals and social connections

Research shows that more often than not, Americans give up trying to sort their recyclables. Or they engage in wishful recycling, tossing nonrecyclables into the bin. Even so, most waste never gets that far. People feel intimidated by the task. A UCLA researcher has uncovered promising solutions to the recycling crisis driven by personal benefits and social connections.

The Earth needs multiple methods for removing CO2 from the air to avert worst of climate change

Even with the progress made in introducing alternatives to fossil fuels, gaining energy efficiencies and proposed carbon regulations around the world, avoiding catastrophic impacts on our coastal infrastructure, biodiversity, food, energy and water resources will require more. Many climate researchers believe government needs to advance technology that will actually suck carbon dioxide out of the air and put it away for very long periods.

Data science could help Californians battle future wildfires

David Wild, Indiana University A major wildfire spread through Colorado, and I spent long hours locating shelters, identifying evacuation routes and piecing together satellite imagery. As the Fourmile Canyon Fire devastated areas to the west of Boulder, ultimately destroying 169 homes and causing US$217 million in damage, my biggest concerns were ensuring that people could Read more about Data science could help Californians battle future wildfires[…]

Americans, especially millennials, are embracing plant-based meat products

Sheril Kirshenbaum, Michigan State University and Douglas Buhler, Michigan State University By 2050, many scientists estimate that the world food supply will have to increase sharply from today’s level to meet anticipated demand from a global population of 9 to 10 billion people. Meanwhile, the coming decades are expected to bring higher and more variable Read more about Americans, especially millennials, are embracing plant-based meat products[…]

Flying colors: Researcher reveals hidden world through the eyes of butterflies

Adriana Briscoe, University of California, Irvine An award-winning scientist and professor of evolutionary biology, Adriana Briscoe studies the evolution of vision in butterflies and how they see color. Briscoe is currently working on her first book, which is a memoir about, what else? Butterflies. A descendant of Mexican immigrants who fled the Mexican Revolution at Read more about Flying colors: Researcher reveals hidden world through the eyes of butterflies[…]

A teen scientist helped me discover tons of golf balls polluting the ocean

Matthew Savoca, Stanford University Plastic pollution in the world’s oceans has become a global environmental crisis. Many people have seen images that seem to capture it, such as beaches carpeted with plastic trash or a seahorse gripping a cotton swab with its tail. As a scientist researching marine plastic pollution, I thought I had seen Read more about A teen scientist helped me discover tons of golf balls polluting the ocean[…]