Greener cities are cooler and more equal

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Cities with more green spaces can stay cooler in hot weather and provide fairer lives for their residents, experts say. Clear evidence links the state of equality in cities to tree cover, says the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organization focused on protecting Earth’s environment. This suggests that trees do much more than keep cities ...

How many US homes use air conditioning?

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Nearly 90 percent of U.S. households used air conditioning in 2020, according to the latest survey by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This figure has been rising steadily over the past two decades. As our chart shows, central air conditioning equipment, which is used to cool an entire home, made up the majority of usage in the U.S. in […]

Human activity is disrupting the freshwater cycle

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Green water – the rainwater available to plants in the soil – is indispensable for life on and below the land. But in a new study, we found that widespread pressure on this resource has crossed a critical limit. The planetary boundaries framework – a concept that scientists first discussed in 2009 – identified nine processes that have […]

James Webb Telescope: A scientist explains its first images and how it will change astronomy

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After decades of development and many trials and frustrations along the way, the James Webb Telescope has finally started to deliver what it came for. On July 12, Nasa released the first science observations made by the suite of instruments carried on board the mission, marking what we eagerly anticipate will be the beginning of a new era […]

James Webb Space Telescope First Images

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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has produced the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date. Known as Webb’s First Deep Field, this image of galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 is overflowing with detail. Thousands of galaxies – including the faintest objects ever observed in the infrared – have appeared in Webb’s view […]

3 ways to fix global trade and drive economic recovery

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If the modern world ever needed economic recovery, it is now. After more than two years of a devastating pandemic and the global economic shockwaves triggered by the return of war to Europe, the growth prospects of the world’s economy have become uncertain once again. The International Monetary Fund predicts that global growth will slow sharply […]