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The biggest divide on climate change is among the most highly educated

Many people concerned about climate change assume that eventually, the growing weight of facts will persuade those who dismiss humans’ role in the problem to think again. Surely, the theory goes, the plentiful evidence will eventually make any naysayer understand the severity of the situation.<p>But …

Critical Thinking

7 reasons you should never drink out of plastic water bottles

Everyone knows that water is the healthiest thing you can drink — but science suggests that drinking from plastic water bottles might not be the best …

Pollution

Why diversity is the key to unlocking sustainability

If it's not up to purpose-driven professionals to cultivate a more inclusive, equitable world for all, then who?

Sustainable Business

Trees Can Save A City $500 Million Every Year

It’s a thankless job, but green spaces save us millions by soaking up pollution and cooling us down.<p>Trees have a proven positive impact on cities: They lower wind speed and thus energy consumption. They reduce pollution and heat. They generally improve how neighborhoods are perceived. They make …

Ecology

Chocolate May Help Prevent An Irregular Heartbeat, Study Says

<i>CBS Local —</i> Chocolate lovers have a new excuse to enjoy the sweet treat as scientists are suggesting that chocolate can help curb the risk of …

Building political will for a more sustainable America

This country desperately needs a positive vision, some goals for where we’re going. Instead, it’s all negative all the time; a daily slashing and …

Sustainability
Smart Cities

The Dangers Of Treating Transgenderism Differently Than Other Dysphoric Mental Disorders

The cultural push for transgender “rights,” whether it be state-sanctioned access to particular restrooms, or the removal of gender dysphoria from …

Middle-class

The Trump administration just disbanded a federal advisory committee on climate change

The Trump administration has decided to disband the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment, a group aimed at helping policymakers and private-sector officials incorporate the government’s climate analysis into long-term planning.<p>The charter for the 15-person Advisory Committee …

Trump Administration

The west must wean itself off unsustainable growth

If everyone was to live like the average US citizen we would need five planets<p>Sat, Aug 19, 2017, 05:00<p><i>“Anyone who thinks that you can have infinite</i> …

Aflac unveils its 2016 corporate social responsibility report

“Everyone Has the Power to Do Good" is the theme of the recently unveiled 2016 corporate social responsibility (CSR) report from Aflac. And of …

How an Open Approach to Patents Could Help Build a Sustainable Future

To sustain a population of 9.7 billion people by 2050 the world is going to need innovations that make careful use of the available resources, human …

Innovation

The Top 12 Blogs of 2017

What are the most-read blogs throughout the past 12 months? We’ve been digging through the archives behind the scenes at

Teaching

Newly discovered particles, and what's in them

Quarks, basically. But more charming than usual<p>Last month the LHCb experiment, at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), reported the discovery of a new particle. While this received a reasonable amount of attention, it didn’t really cause as much excitement as, say, last year’s unconfirmed hints of a …

Physics

Childcare and Working Parents: The Juggle Is Real

You can’t afford spiraling child-care costs, but you can’t afford not to work. Either way, you have no financial safety net. You’re scared, mad, and second-guessing your choices. We hear you.<p>Every day, Bree Casson wakes up at 6:30 a.m. and gets her three children, Ryan, 8, Maggie, 6, and Gabby, 2, …

Child Care

Are long hours the secret to success? Here’s how to maximize your productivity to get ahead at work.

Superbowl-winning football coach Jon Gruden used to wake up every morning at 3:17 a.m. to the Notre Dame fight song. Even when that clock “expired of …

New York Times

Stress is the reason 1 in 4 Canadians quit their job

Work can be stressful, there’s no doubt about it. But it seems that accumulating stress is becoming too much for many Canadians. One in four admit to …

How to Leave Work at the Door

Sometimes it’s hard to make the switch from work life to home life. You’ll find yourself thinking about a big project while playing with your kids, …

Time Management

Overtime diligence driver or stress signal?

To get ahead in life, we’re usually told we need to work hard. Be this at school to achieve the grades we want, university to secure a degree or at …

The Workplace
Environmentalism

Scientists Just Discovered New Kinds of Cells in The Human Brain

It could help detect brain disease before it occurs.<p>Neuroscientists have discovered a new way to categorise neurons at a molecular level. This will …

Neuroscience

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

Parenting

The Triple Bottom Line of a Sustainable Society: “Planet, Profit and People”

The discourse of sustainable development, has been substantially influenced by Johann Rockstrom’s article in 2009 called ‘A safe operating space for …

What are the world's most livable cities? Depends how you measure it.

<b>The Economist puts Melbourne in number 1 spot, Vancouver in 3. They're not.</b><p>Every year the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) releases its Global …

Urbanization

Berkeley’s timid bid to bring back free speech

Well, it’s a start: UC Berkeley this week unveiled plans to start a “Free Speech Year” when students return this fall.<p>Meaning the school will aim to …

UC Berkeley

Envisioning A Green Future Through ‘Green Credits’

'Green Credits' is a reward-scheme for environment-friendly behaviour, ideated by Dr. Ron Dembo, CEO of Zerofootprint, Toronto. In the following …

Sustainability

The perfect number of kids to have, according to science

You might not need that minivan after all.<p>Having one or two children can boost your happiness. But when you pop out a third one? Not so much, …

Parenting

Internet overuse may lead to neuropsychiatric dysfunction, says research- Technology News, Firstpost

Internet overuse has risen to epidemic proportions and people are becoming vulnerable to many neuropsychiatric dysfunctions such as irritation, …

Neuroscience