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Pollution from coal power plants contributes to far more deaths than scientists realized, study shows

(THE CONVERSATION) Air pollution particles from coal-fired power plants are more harmful to human health than many experts realized, and it's more than twice as likely to contribute to premature deaths as air pollution particles from other sources, new research demonstrates.
In the study, published in the journal Science, collea ... (full story)


In the 'big tent' of free speech, can you be too open-minded?


John Corvino Wayne State University

John Corvino, Wayne State University
(THE CONVERSATION) People often extol the virtue of open-mindedness, but can there be too much of a good thing?
As a college dean, I regularly observe campus controversies about the Israel-Hamas war, race relations and other hot-button iss ... (full story)


Akron Muni Court’s new housing program in full swing

According to the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, the state’s eviction filing rate rose to 6.4% in 2022.
That’s more than 2% higher than it was in 2020 when local and federal moratoria on eviction proceedings and emergency rental assistance are credited with decreasing the filings to 4.2% from the prior year’s pre- ... (full story)


Geoengineering sounds like a quick climate fix, but without more research and guardrails, it's a costly gamble − with potentially harmful results

(THE CONVERSATION) When soaring temperatures, extreme weather and catastrophic wildfires hit the headlines, people start asking for quick fixes to climate change. The U.S. government just announced the first awards from a US$3.5 billion fund for projects that promise to pull carbon dioxide out of the air. Policymakers are also explo ... (full story)


After an 80-year absence, gray wolves have returned to Colorado − here's how the reintroduction of this apex predator will affect prey and plants


Joanna Lambert University of Colorado Boulder
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)
Joanna Lambert, University of Colorado Boulder
(THE CONVERSATION) Gray wolves were reintroduced to Colorado in December 2023, the latest attempt in a decades ... (full story)