Red flag laws may play decisive role in preventing mass shootings like Dayton and El Paso
Red flag laws may play decisive role in preventing mass shootings like Dayton and El Paso

Red flag laws create mechanisms for family members and law enforcement officers to move quickly and get guns out of the hands of people who are at imminent risks to the safety of themselves or others

Men more likely to victim-blame women who are sexually harassed as they have greater empathy for male perpetrators
Men more likely to victim-blame women who are sexually harassed as they have greater empathy for male perpetrators

A new study debunks the widely assumed argument that men lack empathy for female victims as researchers find that empathy for the male sexual harasser is a more consistent explanation

From circus-like shows to wildlife selfies, animals are routinely abused and exploited at zoos, aquariums for entertainment
From circus-like shows to wildlife selfies, animals are routinely abused and exploited at zoos, aquariums for entertainment

World Animal Protection documented cruel and demeaning performances and activities in over 1,200 zoos and aquariums and found that 75% of venues offered at least one type of animal visitor interaction, including some "horrific" cases

Scientists find microplastics in Arctic snow, suggesting significant air pollution even in remote locations
Scientists find microplastics in Arctic snow, suggesting significant air pollution even in remote locations

Analysis shows microplastics are transported by the atmosphere and then washed out of the air, especially by snow even in such remote regions like the Arctic and the Alps. Researchers call for urgent studies on its effects on human and animal health.

A quarter of the world’s tropical land could disappear by the end of the century if global demand for animal products continues to grow
A quarter of the world’s tropical land could disappear by the end of the century if global demand for animal products continues to grow

The production of animals has the highest footprint in terms of agricultural land use and a reduction in meat and dairy consumption can help protect natural land in regions of the world that harbour high numbers of species.

Weak political response to mass gun violence in US could be a product of culture
Weak political response to mass gun violence in US could be a product of culture

When researchers compared the US and New Zealand’s responses to gun violence, they found that the two countries are ‘worlds apart’ when it comes to reacting to and preventing firearm violence

Species Wars: Sharks are now significantly smaller and rarer in areas closer to human population
Species Wars: Sharks are now significantly smaller and rarer in areas closer to human population

The body size and the number of sharks and other marine predators fall by 5% and 20% respectively at distances less than 1,250 km from human activity

Rapid, high ocean temperature spikes occurring at double the expected rate affecting marine ecosystems and humans
Rapid, high ocean temperature spikes occurring at double the expected rate affecting marine ecosystems and humans

The researchers, who identified these extreme ocean temperature "surprises" all over the world, say it will reduce diversity and productivity of marine ecosystems.

Earth’s biggest creatures on the brink of extinction as freshwater animals decline by 88%
Earth’s biggest creatures on the brink of extinction as freshwater animals decline by 88%

Scientists, for the first time, have quantified the decline of freshwater megafauna and found that their global populations have declined hugely from 1970 to 2012

Climate crisis: Simply reducing pollution will not save planet as agriculture is also revealed to be major culprit
Climate crisis: Simply reducing pollution will not save planet as agriculture is also revealed to be major culprit

A UN panel report prepared by 107 experts from 52 countries says that better land management can contribute to tackling climate change

Climate change: Extreme ocean heatwaves are destroying coral at an alarming rate, shocking new data reveals
Climate change: Extreme ocean heatwaves are destroying coral at an alarming rate, shocking new data reveals

Researchers show for the first time what really happens to corals during intense heatwaves and they reveal that it's not just coral animals that are affected

Trump and Republicans blame video games for El Paso and Dayton mass shootings, but science says there is no link
Trump and Republicans blame video games for El Paso and Dayton mass shootings, but science says there is no link

Multiple studies have said that there is no evidence to support the theory that video games trigger violent behavior

More people die defending the environment in a year than soldiers in some war zones
More people die defending the environment in a year than soldiers in some war zones

According to a study, 4 people are killed every week defending the environment, a number that has doubled in 15 years

Black men 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police violence in US than white men
Black men 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police violence in US than white men

A research team estimated the risk of being killed by police use of force in the US by age, race, and sex, and found that across all groups, fatality risk peaked between the ages of 20 and 35 years

Milky Way is not flat but warped and twisted, shows a detailed three-dimensional map of galaxy
Milky Way is not flat but warped and twisted, shows a detailed three-dimensional map of galaxy

New research provides a crucial and the most detailed map for studies of our galaxy’s stellar motions and the origins of the Milky Way’s disk. 

Climate Change: How our need to be cool is killing the planet
Climate Change: How our need to be cool is killing the planet

Researchers predict that global energy needs will increase 25% by 2050, mainly anticipated to arise from cooling and air-conditioning usage

Human trafficking victims distrust police and rarely seek help as they think force is biased, ill-trained
Human trafficking victims distrust police and rarely seek help as they think force is biased, ill-trained

Researchers examined police responses to human trafficking crimes in three US communities that varied in region, population size, and crime rates to determine why victims are reluctant to seek help

Elephants face a jumbo threat as ivory poaching rides on ten-fold rise in prices after trade ban
Elephants face a jumbo threat as ivory poaching rides on ten-fold rise in prices after trade ban

Despite the international ivory trade ban of 1989, poaching associated with the trade is estimated to cause an 8% annual loss in the world elephant population.

Climate change affecting the way marine animals behave by damaging their senses, claims study
Climate change affecting the way marine animals behave by damaging their senses, claims study

Changes in temperature, salinity, or ocean acidification stresses the organism and could impair its ability to produce a cue or signal, which could affect mating, predator-prey interaction, and habitat selection

Three new planets found outside solar system could explain why Earth and Neptune are so different
Three new planets found outside solar system could explain why Earth and Neptune are so different

The new planets will allow scientists to study this missing link between rocky Earth-like planets and gas-dominant mini-Neptunes because here all of these types formed in the same system

Global warming could be causing glaciers to melt underwater 100 times faster than previously estimated
Global warming could be causing glaciers to melt underwater 100 times faster than previously estimated

Using a new technique, researchers studied a tidewater glacier in Alaska and found that current theoretical models are underestimating glacial melt by up to two orders of magnitude

Medieval megadroughts that lasted for decades may soon return to American Southwest due to climate change
Medieval megadroughts that lasted for decades may soon return to American Southwest due to climate change

Global warming due to greenhouse gas emissions, combined with future El Niño-Southern Oscillation events, will probably bring a new round of droughts in the near future, say researchers

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