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If we want to maintain average global temperatures at or below 1.5°C preindustrial levels and avoid runaway climate change, we must build a new carbon economy that sequesters more carbon than it emits. So where to begin? According to researchers, these are the six priorities we must give our attention to in order to shift to a new carbon economy.

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The coast off of California is not open for drilling. That’s the conclusion to be taken from a pair of bills signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown which effectively prevent new drilling projects off the state’s coast. Despite the Trump administration making it clear that it wants to increase offshore drilling projects, state lawmakers in California, including those from the president’s party, remained staunchly opposed to the proposition.

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Helping others can help you live longer. That’s what researchers have concluded after a study which compared receiving social support and giving it as predictors of mortality over a period of five years. Whereas it would be intuitive to think receiving such support would be good for oneself, the results showed it was giving social support that predicted longevity. Apparently, helping behavior works to buffer against the negative effect that stress typically has on mortality.

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By the time the landmark Paris agreement was ratified in 2015, climate change was one of the rare issues on which China and the United States — the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 polluters, respectively — could find common purpose. This shared purpose was dealt a serious setback when the Trump administration backed out from the Paris climate accord. Enter California, the stubborn state that has joined China in its quest to curb global warming. Take a look here how the unlikely duo is collaborating to fight against climate change.

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Although psychologists have been warning us about multitasking for decades, there are other studies that suggest multitasking may have benefits. But enjoying those benefits can only happen if you do multi-tasking the “right” way. There are two ways to multitask. This way is the only one that works.

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Search engine giant Google has partnered with the California Academy of Sciences to create an interactive new tool that will helps users track their environmental footprint, the company said in a blog post. Named ‘Your Plan, Your Planet,’ the tool uses scientifically proven methods to measure environmental impact and help users reduce their carbon footprint, the blog post added.

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Scientists have identified a few species among the many trillions of microbes that live in your intestines that play a crucial role in gut health and maintaining a balanced immune system. Your dietary intake is vital to allowing these species to flourish and to preventing imbalances that can lead to disease.

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The Chevrolet Bolt isn’t selling all that well in the U.S. Neither are other companies’ electric cars: Sales are way up, but compared to the roaring trade in conventional vehicles, U.S. electric car sales represent just 1 percent of the total.

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This summer it seemed as if our two cities had changed places. London was hot and dry while New York had days and days of rain.

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Last autumn, I enrolled in the University of California, Berkeley’s massive open online Science of Happiness course to see if I might goose my felicity quotient through an understanding of the edicts dispensed almost daily by the US’s happiness industrial complex. The course is free.

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