The Conversation

Surging sales of large gasoline pickups and SUVs are undermining carbon reductions from electric cars

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Replacing petroleum fuels with electricity is crucial for curbing climate change because it cuts carbon dioxide emissions from transportation - the largest source of U.S. global warming emissions and a growing source worldwide.

When should you get the new COVID-19 booster and the flu shot? Now is the right time for both

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At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly everyone has experienced the panic and uncertainty that come with having mild COVID-like symptoms - such as a cough and sore throat - only to test negative day after day. With cold and flu season just around the corner, that state of frustrating uncertainty is likely to strike most of us again.

US Senate ratifies treaty to phase down climate-warming HFCs from refrigerators and air conditioners – but what will replace them this time?

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The U.S. Senate voted to ratify an international treaty on Sept. 21, 2022, and join 137 other countries in agreeing to phase out a class of climate-warming chemicals that are widely used as coolants in refrigerators, air conditioners and heat pumps.

Name-calling in politics grabs headlines, but voters don’t like it – and it could backfire in the 2022 midterm elections

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Spending on political advertising is setting records in the midterm elections. But evidence shows that negative messages might discourage voters from casting ballots altogether.

Ron DeSantis dropping migrants off on Martha’s Vineyard may be illegal

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The unexpected arrival of approximately 50 Colombian and Venezuelan migrants on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, on Sept. 14, 2022, has prompted legal questions about how and why, exactly, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis chartered planes to drop them in this unlikely destination.

Typhoon Merbok, fueled by unusually warm Pacific Ocean, pounded Alaska’s vulnerable coastal communities at a critical time

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The powerful remnants of Typhoon Merbok pounded Alaska's western coast on Sept. 17, 2022, pushing homes off their foundations and tearing apart protective berms as water flooded communities.