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  • New Database Tracks Ecologic Health Impacts of Dams on World's Rivers

    29 August 2014, 1:09 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    A newly launched online database illustrates the impacts of nearly 6,000 dams on the world's 50 major…
  • Rail Transport of U.S. Oil Up By 9 Percent, Creating Rail Car Shortage

    28 August 2014, 1:13 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    The amount of U.S. oil shipped by rail rose 9 percent during the first seven months of the year compared to 2013, reaching 16,000 carloads per week in July,…
  • Fate of the Passenger Pigeon Looms as a Somber Warning

    28 August 2014, 9:40 am by: Yale Environment 360

    This September 1 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Martha, the last known passenger pigeon on earth. The extinction of this once-abundant North American bird still stands as a cautionary tale. BY JOEL GREENBERG
  • Obama Seeks International Climate Accord Without Congressional Approval

    27 August 2014, 12:30 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    The Obama administration is aiming to forge a legally binding, international agreement that would cut fossil…
  • Global Meat Production, Especially Beef, Strains Land and Water, Study Says

    26 August 2014, 1:43 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Global meat production has expanded more than four-fold over the last 50 years — and 25-fold since…
  • Health Care Savings Can Far Outweigh Costs of Carbon-Cutting Policies

    25 August 2014, 1:23 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Implementing policies to curb carbon emissions dramatically cuts health care costs associated with poor air quality — in some cases, by more than 10 times the cost of policy implementation, according to new research published in Nature Climate Change.…
  • Mideast Water Wars: In Iraq, A Battle for Control of Water

    25 August 2014, 9:33 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Conflicts over water have long haunted the Middle East. Yet in the current fighting in Iraq, the major dams on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are seen not just as strategic targets but as powerful weapons of war. BY FRED PEARCE
  • Drought in Western U.S. Has Caused Land to Rise, Researchers Say

    22 August 2014, 12:39 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    The western U.S. has lost so much water during the ongoing severe drought that the land has sprung up by…
  • Antarctica and Greenland Losing Ice at Fastest Rate Ever Recorded

    21 August 2014, 12:58 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are losing mass at an unprecedented rate of 500 cubic kilometers per…
  • Exporting Coal to Korea Could Slash Emissions by 21 Percent, Analysis Finds

    20 August 2014, 12:33 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Exporting U.S. coal to South Korean power plants could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 21 percent compared to burning it at less efficient U.S. plants, according to researchers at Duke University. The strategy could also generate more than $25 billion in…
  • Interview: Drones Are Emerging As Valuable Conservation Tool

    20 August 2014, 9:33 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Ecologist Lian Pin Koh is co-founder of a project called ConservationDrones.org, which is pioneering the use of…
  • How Drones Are Emerging As Valuable Conservation Tool

    20 August 2014, 9:32 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Lian Pin Koh believes drones can be a key part of conservation efforts, particularly in remote regions. In a Yale Environment 360 interview, he talks about how his project, ConservationDrones, is promoting the use of drones for everything from counting…
  • Wind Energy Prices at All-Time Low, According to U.S. Report

    19 August 2014, 12:48 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    The cost of wind power in the U.S. is at an all-time low of 2.5 cents per kilowatt hour, according to a new report…
  • Recent Glacier Losses Are Mostly Driven by Human Activity, Study Says

    18 August 2014, 12:09 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Roughly one-quarter of the global glacier mass loss between the years 1851 and 2010 can be attributed to…
  • A New Frontier for Fracking: Drilling Near the Arctic Circle

    18 August 2014, 9:33 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Hydraulic fracturing is about to move into the Canadian Arctic, with companies exploring the region's rich shale oil deposits. But many indigenous people and conservationists have serious concerns about the impact of fracking in more fragile northern…
  • New Citizen Science Software Aims to Document and Curb Illegal Fishing

    15 August 2014, 1:51 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Citizen scientists can now report — and potentially help stop — illegal fishing with the snap of a photo thanks to…
  • Some Chemicals in Fracking Fluids Raise Red Flags, Researchers Say

    14 August 2014, 1:18 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Of the more than 200 compounds used in hydraulic fracturing fluids, eight are toxic to mammals and the…
  • New Maps Show Flooding Risks for Critical U.S. Energy Facilities

    13 August 2014, 11:49 am by: Yale Environment 360

    A new mapping tool shows critical energy infrastructure in the U.S., such as power plants, refineries, and crude oil rail terminals, that may be vulnerable to coastal and…
  • Media Still Disproportionately Including Views of Climate Skeptics, Study Says

    12 August 2014, 1:40 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Despite strong agreement among a majority of climate scientists that human activities are contributing to…
  • Climate Effects of Keystone XL Pipeline Significantly Underestimated, Study Finds

    11 August 2014, 1:18 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    The U.S. State Department's final environmental review of the Keystone XL Pipeline may have underestimated carbon dioxide emissions associated with the pipeline by as much as four times, according to a new study published in Nature Climate Change. The addition…
  • Africa’s Vultures Threatened By An Assault on All Fronts

    11 August 2014, 9:27 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Vultures are being killed on an unprecedented scale across Africa, with the latest slaughter perpetrated by elephant poachers who poison the scavenging birds so they won’t give away the location of their activities. BY MADELINE BODIN
  • China Added Large Amount of Solar Power in First Half of 2014

    8 August 2014, 1:33 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    In the first half of 2014, China added 3.3 gigawatts of solar power — as much as is installed in the entire…
  • Mercury Pollution in Oceans Has Tripled Since Industrial Revolution, Study Says

    7 August 2014, 1:16 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Globally, oceans contain roughly 60,000 to 80,000 tons of mercury pollution, according to a report published this week in Nature detailing the first direct calculation…
  • Western U.S. In Its Quietest Fire Season In A Decade, Officials Report

    6 August 2014, 1:38 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    The western U.S. is in the midst of its quietest wildfire season in a decade, according to data from the National…
  • Green Innovations Are Bringing Energy-Saving Technology Home

    6 August 2014, 9:58 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Advances in technology and consumer demand for energy-saving devices have made green technology…
  • Forests Already Seeing Effects of Climate Change, European Researchers Say

    5 August 2014, 1:31 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Damage from wind, bark beetles, and wildfires has increased drastically in Europe's forests in recent years, and climate change is the driving factor, according to…
  • California Takes Steps to Curb Lawn Watering During Severe Drought

    4 August 2014, 1:02 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    In the midst of a severe, long-term drought, California is taking unprecedented steps to discourage watering of…
  • As Small Hydropower Expands, So Does Caution on Its Impacts

    4 August 2014, 9:28 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Small hydropower projects have the potential to bring electricity to millions of people now living off the grid. But experts warn that planners must carefully consider the cumulative effects of constructing too many small dams in a single watershed.…
  • U.S. Public Is as Split on Environmental Spending as Congress, Study Finds

    31 July 2014, 12:40 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    American citizens are increasingly divided over the issue of environmental protection and seem to be taking their cue primarily from Congress, according to new research from Michigan State University. The gap between conservatives who oppose environmental…
  • Interview: Making the Rights of Farm Animals a Basic Green Issue

    31 July 2014, 9:34 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Conservation organizations have long sought to protect pandas, polar bears, and pelicans, but the welfare of…

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