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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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Entries Invited for the Fifth Annual Yale Environment 360 Video Contest

Tue, 2018-04-24 10:58

The fifth annual Yale Environment 360 Video Contest is now accepting entries. The contest honors the year’s best environmental videos. Submissions must focus on an environmental issue or theme and be a maximum of 20 minutes in length. The contest aims to recognize work that has not previously been widely seen. 

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Flooding Hot Spots: Why Seas Are Rising Faster on the U.S. East Coast

Tue, 2018-04-24 06:27

Scientists are unraveling the reasons why some parts of the world are experiencing sea level increases far beyond the global average. A prime example is the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, which has been experiencing “sunny day flooding” that had not been expected for decades.

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Forty Percent of the World’s Bird Populations Are in Decline, New Study Finds

Mon, 2018-04-23 13:56

About one in eight bird species is threatened with global extinction due to factors such as the expansion of agriculture, logging, invasive species, hunting, and climate change, according to a new report from the conservation group BirdLife International. Overall, 40 percent of the world’s 11,000 bird species are in decline.

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Colombia Expands Protected Areas by 31,000 Square Miles

Fri, 2018-04-20 12:59

Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos announced this week that the country will add 31,000 square miles of land to its protected areas and will also give indigenous communities the autonomy to govern their own territories, according to Mongabay and Thomson Reuters.

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Lyft Announces Carbon Offset Program, Saying It Will Make All Rides Carbon Neutral

Thu, 2018-04-19 12:39

The ride-hailing app Lyft, whose 1.4 million drivers shuttle passengers over a billion miles annually, has announced it will start offsetting the emissions from its network of cars by investing in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as renewable energy and reforestation initiatives, Reuters reported.

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Can ‘Vaccines’ for Crops Help Cut Pesticide Use and Boost Yields?

Thu, 2018-04-19 05:00

Researchers are using gene editing to develop biodegradable vaccines that protect crops from pathogens. As the world looks to feed more and more people, this and other emerging technologies hold promise for producing more food without using chemical pesticides. 

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Americans Who Accept Climate Change Outnumber Those Who Don’t 5 to 1

Wed, 2018-04-18 14:44

Seventy percent of Americans now accept that climate change is happening, outnumbering those who don’t by a 5 to 1 ratio, according to a new survey by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. More than half of those surveyed, 58 percent, said they also understand global warming is caused mostly by human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels.

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What Extremely Warm Winters Mean for the Future of the Arctic

Wed, 2018-04-18 05:00

In an interview with Yale Environment 360, polar scientist Mark Serreze talks about the rapid changes he has witnessed over more than three decades of working in the Arctic and the future stability of the region if temperatures continue to climb.

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Court Rules Poland Broke EU Law with Logging in Ancient Forest

Tue, 2018-04-17 12:53

Poland violated environmental laws when it allowed large-scale logging in the ancient Białowieża forest, according to a new ruling by the European Union’s highest court, Reuters reported. The Białowieża is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the last remnants of a primeval forest that once stretched across the European continent.

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How a ‘Toxic Cocktail’ Is Posing a Troubling Health Risk in China’s Cities

Tue, 2018-04-17 05:00

A recent study in Chinese cities found a potential link between a hazardous mix of air pollutants and death rates. These findings point to the need for a new approach to assessing the dangers of urban smog in fast-industrializing parts of the developing world. 

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World’s First Electrified Road Opens in Sweden

Fri, 2018-04-13 13:53

The world’s first electrified road — which charges the batteries of electric cars and trucks as they drive over it — has opened near Stockholm, Sweden. The road stretches 1.2 miles and is part of a government-led plan to electrify nearly 12,500 miles of streets and highways across the country, The Guardian reported.

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End of the Road: Are Diesel Cars on the Way Out in Europe?

Thu, 2018-04-12 05:00

A small environmental organization has taken on Germany’s powerful auto industry in court and has begun winning limited bans on heavily polluting diesel vehicles. Some analysts say this may be the beginning of the end for diesel automobiles in Germany and the European Union.

 

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A North American Climate Boundary Has Shifted 140 Miles East Due to Global Warming

Wed, 2018-04-11 14:16

In the late 1800s, geologist and explorer John Wesley Powell first described a clear boundary running longitudinally through North America along the 100th meridian west that visibly separated the humid eastern part of the continent from the more arid western plains. Now, 140 years later, scientists have confirmed that such a sharp climatic boundary exists and that it is slowly shifting east due to climate change — a change that scientists say could have significant implications on farming in the region.

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