G.M. Crops Fight Climate Change

Genetically modified plants could sequester more carbon and make better biofuels, possibly offsetting five billion tons by 2050. So what's standing in their way?

How much more could these plants do to combat climate change, especially if we used the tools of genetic engineering to tackle the problem? ... Genetic modification could potentially improve rates of photosynthesis or the amount of biomass stored in roots, leading to more carbon stored for the long term, the team noted. ... Bioenergy crops could conceivably offset between five and eight billion metric tons per year by 2050, the team estimated, including improvements using conventional breeding. Genetic engineering to enhance photosynthesis, improve partitioning into root systems and create better stress tolerance, among other things, could increase that by around four billion metric tons, according to the authors.

Why Henry David Thoreau was drawn to yoga

The famed author headed to the pond thanks to Indian philosophy.

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  • The famed author was heavily influenced by Indian literature, informing his decision to self-exile on Walden Pond.
  • He was introduced to these texts by his good friend's father, William Emerson.
  • Yoga philosophy was in America a century before any physical practices were introduced.
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How to vaccinate the world’s most vulnerable? Build global partnerships.

Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.

Susan Silbermann, Global President of Pfizer Vaccines, looks on as a health care worker administers a vaccine in Rwanda. Photo: Courtesy of Pfizer.
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  • Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
  • Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
  • Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
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    • A recent study from the Department of Health and Human Services found that 80 percent of Americans don't exercise enough.
    • Small breaks from work add up, causing experts to recommend short doses of movement rather than waiting to do longer workouts.
    • Rethinking what exercise is can help you frame how you move throughout your day.
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