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World Development News
September 29, 2020

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Big Mammals at Higher Risk of Extinction in World's Poorest Countries

A review, which looks at 81 studies carried out between 1980 and 2020, has found that illegal hunting is causing worrying declines in the big mammal populations of protected areas across the globe, ...

Landmarks Facing Climate Threats Could 'Transform'

Researchers asked whether heritage sites threatened by climate change should be allowed to adapt and ...

Human Activity on Rivers Outpaces, Compounds Effects of Climate Change

The livelihoods of millions of people living along the world's biggest river systems are under threat by a range of stressors caused by the daily economic, societal and political activity of humans ...

Study Settles the Score on Whether the Modern World Is Less Violent

A study by mathematicians has used new techniques to address the long-running debate over whether battle deaths have been declining globally since the end of the Second World ...
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COVID-19 Shapes Political Approval Ratings

During the early days of the pandemic, COVID-19 created a rally effect around political leaders, according to new study. The rise of COVID-19 cases was associated with a 15- to 20-point boost in ...

Climate Pledges 'Like Tackling COVID-19 Without Social Distancing'

Current global pledges to tackle climate change are the equivalent of declaring a pandemic without a plan for social distancing, researchers ...

One Quarter of Prescription Drugs in Canada May Be in Short Supply

Research sheds new light on the factors behind drug shortages in Canada, a common problem across the ...

Food Safety Model May Help Pandemic Management

No precedent exists for managing the COVID-19 pandemic, although a plan for working through major public food scares may point to the best ways of alerting and communicating with the ...

Agtech to the Rescue in a Pandemic: Adapting Plant Labs for Human Testing

Sophisticated agtech labs and equipment used for crop and animal breeding, seed testing, and monitoring of plant and animal diseases could easily be adapted for diagnostic testing and tracing in a ...

Free Trade Can Prevent Hunger Caused by Climate Change

Researchers investigated the effects of trade on hunger in the world as a result of climate change. The conclusion is clear: international trade can compensate for regional food shortages and reduce ...

Global Economic Stability Could Be Difficult to Recover in the Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic, Finds Study

New analysis suggests that the economies of countries such as America, the United Kingdom and Germany should prepare for a long slow recovery with prolonged periods of ...

COVID-19 Will Affect the Food and Financial Security of Many for Years to Come

The complex food shopping patterns that financially insecure families employ have been upended by COVID-19. To facilitate advocacy and policy change around this food insecurity crisis, researchers ...

Protecting Scientific Diversity

The COVID-19 pandemic means that scientists face great challenges because they have to reorient, interrupt or even cancel research and teaching. A team of international scientists are highlighting ...

Impact of COVID-19 on Air Transport Sector

Research has assessed the initial impact of COVID-19 on air transport and found that it is likely to lead to a smaller, consolidated sector in the ...

Two Billion People Without Proper Sanitation at High Risk for Coronavirus

Without access to soap and clean water, more than 2 billion people in low- and middle-income nations -- a quarter of the world's population -- have a greater likelihood of acquiring and ...

Scarcity Reduces Consumers' Concerns About Prices, Even During a Pandemic, Research Shows

New research finds that scarcity actually decreases consumers' tendency to use price to judge a product's ...

Navigating the Clean Energy Transition During the COVID-19 Crisis

In a Commentary published April 29 in the journal Joule, energy and climate policy researchers in Switzerland and Germany provide a framework for responsibly and meaningfully integrating policies ...

COVID-19: The Downside of Social Distancing

When faced with danger, humans draw closer together. Social distancing thwarts this impulse. Researchers argue that this dilemma poses a greater threat to society than overtly antisocial ...

No Time to Waste to Avoid Future Food Shortages

Plant scientists are working on improving photosynthesis on different fronts, from finding crop varieties that need less water, to tweaking parts of the process in order to capture more carbon ...

Carbon Emission Scheme 'Succeeding Despite Low Prices'

A European Union (EU) program aimed at reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions has made significant progress despite low prices in carbon markets, according to a new ...

COVID-19: The Time Is Now to Prepare for People Affected by Humanitarian Crises

A new commentary highlights how people affected by humanitarian crises are especially vulnerable to ...

Rural Water Wells in High Plains Aquifer Show Large Increase in Nitrate Levels

Private well owners should test water quality annually, according to a recent study that revealed nitrate levels in shallow wells above US Environment Protection Act ...

New 'Umbrella' Species Would Massively Improve Conservation

The protection of Australia's threatened species could be improved by a factor of seven, if more efficient 'umbrella' species were prioritized for protection, according to new ...

All Global Sustainability Is Local

Groundbreaking ways to quantify progress towards sustainable development goals find sustainability, like politics, is ...

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