Lack of public appreciation contributes to loneliness in farming, study shows

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A lack of public appreciation for farmers, and an understanding of the work they do and the pressures they’re under contributes to feelings of loneliness, according to a new study. The paper, “It’s a lonely old world”: Developing a multidimensional understanding of loneliness in farming,” is published in the journal Sociologia … Read more

Tensions grow over lack of a water deal for the shrinking Colorado River

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Two months ago, federal officials took the first step of telling the seven states that depend on Colorado River water to prepare for emergency cuts next year to prevent reservoirs from dropping to dangerously low levels. The states and managers of affected water agencies were told to come up with plans … Read more

Gun violence policy is focusing on mental health but Federal records still lack some states

Credit: CC0 Public Domain/Pixabay Federal officials say the FBI’s database of people prohibited from purchasing differents only works if it has “complete, accurate and timely information.” Mental health records are a key prong in the system. But three states—New Hampshire, Montana and Wyoming—still refuse to submit them. As US Senators iron out gun reform initiatives, … Read more

Study shows the poor simply lack opportunities to gain wealth, but a one-time boost can make a major difference

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Chronic poverty in the developing world can seem like an insoluble problem. But a long-term study from Bangladesh co-authored by an MIT economist presents a very different picture: When rural poor people get a one-time capital boost, it helps them accumulate assets, find better occupations, and climb out of poverty. In … Read more

Prison must not be ‘default option’ to cover up lack of support in care system and community

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Girls and women who have been through the care system should be diverted away from custodial sentences wherever possible alternatives, says a new report published today. And, adds the study, moves to prevent the criminalization of girls in care need to be high on the agenda for change. “Disrupting the Routes … Read more