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Yale Environment 360 is an online magazine offering opinion, analysis, reporting, and debate on global environmental issues.
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2016 Was the Deadliest Year on Record for Environmental Activists, Finds New Report

Thu, 2017-07-20 12:32

Two hundred people were murdered last year for taking a stand against development projects such as dams, logging, and agricultural plantations — nearly four murders a week, according to a new report from the human rights group Global Witness.  

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Should Genetic Engineering Be Used as a Tool for Conservation?

Thu, 2017-07-20 08:27

Researchers are considering ways to use synthetic biology for such conservation goals as eradicating invasive species or strengthening endangered coral. But environmentalists are worried about the ethical questions and unwanted consequences of this new gene-editing technology.

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Treated Fracking Wastewater Contaminated Watershed With Radium and Endocrine Disrupters, Study Finds

Mon, 2017-07-17 11:30

A study in the Marcellus Shale region of western Pennsylvania has shown that even after being treated, wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations left significant contamination in a waterway downstream of treatment plants. 

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Heritage at Risk: How Rising Seas Threaten Ancient Coastal Ruins

Mon, 2017-07-17 06:30

The shores of Scotland’s Orkney Islands are dotted with ruins that date to the Stone Age. But after enduring for millennia, these archaeological sites – along with many others from Easter Island to Jamestown – are facing an existential threat from climate change.


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Memo to the President: Support for Green Climate Fund Puts America First

Thu, 2017-07-13 06:30

President Trump is ending U.S. contributions to the Green Climate Fund, which helps developing countries finance climate-related projects. But his decision ignores the reality that this cost-effective global initiative protects the strategic interests of the United States. 

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Trump Administration is Reopening Case of Highly Controversial Mine in Alaska

Wed, 2017-07-12 12:35

The Trump administration is taking a second look at one of the most controversial proposed mining projects in recent U.S. history — a massive copper, gold, and molybdenum mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska, the world’s most productive salmon ecosystem.

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Warm Winter Events in Arctic Becoming More Frequent, Lasting Longer

Tue, 2017-07-11 12:57

The North Pole is breaking records with more winter warming events that are lasting longer, according to a new study. 

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Can the Monarch Highway Help Save a Butterfly Under Siege?

Tue, 2017-07-11 06:30

The population of North American monarch butterflies has plummeted from 1 billion to 33 million in just two decades. Now, a project is underway to revive the monarch by making an interstate highway the backbone of efforts to restore its dwindling habitat.

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That Charcoal You Use to Barbeque? It May Come from A Threatened Forest in Paraguay

Mon, 2017-07-10 12:50

Some popular brands of charcoal sold in Europe and the United States are made from wood felled in one of the world’s most threatened forests, the dry tropical woodlands of Paraguay’s Chaco region, according to an investigation by a U.K.-based environmental group.

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