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Fake news on Facebook increased 2020 election doubts

PULLMAN, Wash. March 30, 2023 — Facebook users were more likely to read fake news about the 2020 U.S. presidential election than users of Twitter and other social media websites, a Washington State University-led analysis found.  The study in Government Information Quarterly indicates that fake news consumption and political alignment were the primary forces driving doubt about the […]

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Air pollution from wildfires, rising heat affected 68% of US West in one day

VANCOUVER, Wash. January 6, 2021 – Large wildfires and severe heat events are happening more often at the same time, worsening air pollution across the western United States, a study led by Washington State University researchers has found. In 2020, more than 68% of the western U.S. – representing about 43 million people – were […]

Posted inSci/Tech

Greenhouse gas emissions from the world’s reservoirs higher than previously expected

VANCOUVER, Wash. – A new study in Global Biogeochemical Cycles shows per-area greenhouse gas emissions from the world’s water reservoirs are around 29% higher than suggested by previous studies, but that practical measures could be taken to help reduce that impact. Much of the increase in emissions comes from previously unaccounted for methane degassing, a process where […]

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More economic worries mean less caution about COVID‑19

VANCOUVER, Wash. November 9, 2020 – Workers experiencing job and financial insecurity are less likely to follow the CDC’s guidelines for COVID-19, such as physical distancing, limiting trips from home and washing hands, according to a Washington State University study. The researchers, who surveyed 745 workers in 43 states, also found that state unemployment benefits […]

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‘Near-unlivable’ heat for one-third of humans within 50 years if greenhouse gas emissions are not cut

May 4, 2020 – Areas of the planet home to one-third of humans will become as hot as the hottest parts of the Sahara within 50 years, unless greenhouse gas emissions fall, according to research by scientists from China, USA and Europe published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week. […]

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WSU researchers see health effects across generations from glyphosate weed killer

PULLMAN, Wash. April 23, 2019 – Washington State University researchers have found a variety of diseases and other health problems in the second- and third-generation offspring of rats exposed to glyphosate, the world’s most popular weed killer. In the first study of its kind, the researchers saw descendants of exposed rats developing prostate, kidney and ovarian […]

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Environmentally friendly farming practices used by nearly 1/3 of world’s farms

PULLMAN, Wash. Aug. 27, 2018 – Nearly one-third of the world’s farms have adopted more environmentally friendly practices while continuing to be productive, according to a global assessment by 17 scientists in five countries. The researchers analyzed farms that use some form of “sustainable intensification,” a term for various practices, including organic farming, that use […]

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SCOTUS decision strikes another blow against democracy, voting rights

June 12, 2018 – The U.S. Supreme Court on June 11 upheld Ohio’s efforts to purge its voter rolls — a  move that spreads voting discrimination across America, argued a constitutional law expert at Washington University in St. Louis. “The most disturbing, destructive trend in contemporary American politics has been conservatives’ multi-pronged effort to disenfranchise […]

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