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Seabirds that swallow ocean plastic waste have scarring in their stomachs

(THE CONVERSATION) As a conservation biologist who studies plastic ingestion by marine wildlife, I can count on the same question whenever I present research: "How does plastic affect the animals that eat it?"
This is one of the biggest questions in this field, and the verdict is still out. However, a recent study from ... (full story)

Secession: States, cities and the wealthy are already withdrawing from America

(THE CONVERSATION) Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Georgia, wants a "national divorce." In her view, another Civil War is inevitable unless red and blue states form separate countries.
She has plenty of company on the right, where a host of others – 52% of Trump voters, Donald Trump himself and pro ... (full story)

US regulators avoided a banking crisis by swift action following SVB's collapse

(THE CONVERSATION) U.S. regulators' swift reaction to the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and two other lenders partially restored calm to markets, but concerns remain over the stability of the global financial system.
The government on March 16, 2023, orchestrated a US$30 billion rescue of First Republic Bank by the nation's la ... (full story)

State takeover of Houston public schools is about more than school improvement

(THE CONVERSATION) When the state of Texas took over Houston's public school district on March 15, 2023, it made the district one of more than 100 school districts in the nation that have experienced similar state takeovers during the past 30 years.
The list includes New York City, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, New Orl ... (full story)

3 reasons the Willow Arctic oil drilling project was approved

(THE CONVERSATION) For more than six decades, Alaska's North Slope has been a focus of intense controversy over oil development and wilderness protection, with no end in sight. Willow field, a 600-million-barrel, US$8 billion oil project recently approved by the Biden administration – to the outrage of environmental and climat ... (full story)