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Urban and rural poor are different, according to Swiss study

Social structure by social groups. Note. The figure shows the composition of the poor by age group, nationality, and gender for the poor living in urban, metropolitan, and rural areas. The dashed line shows the composition of the total population. Credit: Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit (2022). DOI: 10.1177/02690942221104774 According to a study from the World Bank, global poverty is unequally…

Early career researchers value their jobs, but there’s room for improvement

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The SNSF is committed to ensuring good working conditions for early-career researchers and promoting their independence. In February, the SNSF launched a survey to learn more about the working conditions of researchers employed by higher education institutions in the projects it funds. Nearly 4,000 early-career researchers (doctoral students, postdocs and further staff) took part,…

Colette Pichon Battle’s Plea for Climate Justice From the US Gulf

As the Re:WIRED GREEN event on addressing climate change drew to a close yesterday, the weather underlined the urgency in the most horrific way possible.While climate activist and lawyer Colette Pichon Battle spoke from a stage in blue-skied San Francisco, Hurricane Ian continued its destructive path across southwest Florida, underscoring her already-urgent call to action. “I just want to make sure that you’re paying attention to what’s happening in the Gulf of Mexico right now,” Pichon Battle said. She encouraged the…

The Future of Climate Activism Is Intergenerational—and on TikTok

When it comes to changing minds, nothing beats an experience. That’s how Sylvia Earle sees it. The scientist has spent years trying to get people to understand the impacts of climate change, and has found that showing them can be the best way to tell them about the problems the planet is facing. Problem is, you can’t take millions of people to the bottom of the ocean, or, for that matter, make them read a boring climate report. The solution? Actually, it might be TikTok.At this week’s RE:WIRED Green, Earle talked with…

Stephen Palumbi Says ‘Super Reefs’ Can Help Save Dying Coral

Stephen Palumbi, a scientist at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, is on the hunt for what he calls “super reefs.” These are regions of the ocean that are home to unusual sets of coral. When the ocean heats up, coral species get stressed. That leads to a phenomenon called coral bleaching, where these invertebrates begin to expel the algal communities that typically live harmoniously within them. As a result, the coral lose their brilliant hues and turn white.But in “super reefs” the coral appear to have evolved…

Patricia Hidalgo-Gonzalez Wants to Strengthen the Grid

The United States’ power grid is in trouble. Much of the country’s energy comes from nonrenewable resources that contribute to climate change. And as the resulting climate crisis brings more frequent heat waves, wildfires, and freezes, demand on the grid becomes greater and more erratic. The strain is heavy, but Patricia Hidalgo-Gonzalez has ideas for how to relieve the burden on the grid.Hidalgo-Gonzalez directs the Renewable Energy and Advanced Mathematics (REAM) lab at UC San Diego. Her work focuses on finding new ways…

Alan Ahn Says Nuclear Is Still the Carbon-Free Fuel of the Future

“We need nuclear energy to fight climate change,” says Alan Ahn, a senior fellow at Third Way, a think tank that advocates for the industry. But he acknowledges you might not share his opinion. Especially, he says, if you’re around his age and grew up watching Homer Simpson, a rather infamous member of the nuclear workforce, rolling around on top of a barrel “leaking something green and glowing.” (Maybe add to that Chernobyl and Fukushima, plus the rockets currently sailing over Zaporizhzhia in Ukraine.)But nuclear…

We tend to underestimate our future expenses. Here’s one way to prevent that

Spending totals indicate mean expenses, and are rounded to the nearest Canadian dollar amount. Credit: Chart: The Conversation, CC-BY-ND Source: Howard et al., 2022 When asked to estimate how much money they would spend in the future, people underpredicted the total amount by more than C$400 per month. However, when prompted to think about unexpected spending in addition to typical expenses, people made much more accurate…