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  • Browning of Congo Rainforest Is Depicted in NASA Satellite Data

    24 April 2014, 1:18 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Persistent drought has taken a major toll on Africa's Congo rainforest, with large-scale browning intensifying and affecting a growing portion of the forest over the past decade, an analysis of NASA satellite data shows. A…
  • Mining Showdown in Andes Over Unique Páramo Lands

    24 April 2014, 9:32 am by: Yale Environment 360

    High-altitude neotropical ecosystems known as páramos are increasingly at risk in Colombia and elsewhere in South America as major mining companies seek to exploit rich deposits of gold and other minerals. Such projects, scientists warn, could have serious…
  • Five Questions for IPCC Chairman On Future of Climate Change Action

    23 April 2014, 9:23 am by: Yale Environment 360

    The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change this month issued a report on steps the world can take…
  • Run-of-River Hydropower Set For Big Gains, Turbine Maker Predicts

    22 April 2014, 1:35 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    A type of hydroelectric technology known as "run-of-river" hydropower is set to grow 10-fold over the next decade, potentially becoming a $1.4 billion industry,…
  • Unsustainable Seafood: A New Crackdown on Illegal Fishing

    22 April 2014, 9:30 am by: Yale Environment 360

    A recent study shows that a surprisingly large amount of the seafood sold in U.S. markets is caught illegally. In a series of actions over the last few months, governments and international regulators have started taking aim at stopping this illicit trade in…
  • Massive Data Crunch Shows Steady Rise in Warmer Days

    21 April 2014, 1:28 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    The proportion of days in the United States that are warmer than the long-term average increased from 42 percent in 1964 to 67 percent today, according to an analysis of 3.2 million temperature anomalies over the last…
  • Scale and Extent of China's Dam Rush Detailed in Map Project

    18 April 2014, 9:47 am by: Yale Environment 360

    China is planning to build at least 84 major dams in its southwest region, as shown in a map from the Wilson Center, eventually boosting its hydropower capacity by more than 160 gigawatts. By next year China's capacity…
  • Five Kamchatka Volcanoes Erupt Simultaneously, NASA Images Show

    17 April 2014, 11:25 am by: Yale Environment 360

    A NASA satellite passing over Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula this week photographed five simultaneous volcanic eruptions. The erupting volcanoes, from north…
  • UN Panel Looks to Renewables As the Key to Stabilizing Climate

    17 April 2014, 9:30 am by: Yale Environment 360

    In its latest report, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes a strong case for a sharp increase in low-carbon energy production, especially solar and wind, and provides hope that this transformation can occur in time to hold off the worst…
  • Studying a Polar Menagerie on an Island in Arctic Russia

    16 April 2014, 9:53 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Ninety miles from the Russian mainland and 300 miles above the Arctic Circle, Wrangel Island is home to an eclectic assortment of fauna and flora — muskoxen,…
  • Solar-Harvesting Windows Could Become Reality with Advances in Semiconductors

    15 April 2014, 1:56 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    New semiconductor technology is advancing the development of house windows that could double as solar panels, according to scientists from Los Alamos National Lab and Italy. Their research into so-called…
  • A Public Relations Drive to Stop Illegal Rhino Horn Trade

    15 April 2014, 9:31 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Conservation groups are mounting campaigns to persuade Vietnamese consumers that buying rhino horn is decidedly uncool. But such efforts are likely to succeed only as part of a broader initiative to crack down on an illicit trade that is decimating African…
  • Despite Stark Warnings, IPCC Finds Some Signs of Hope on Climate

    14 April 2014, 12:08 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Although greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise at an alarming rate, governments are beginning to embrace carbon-cutting initiatives, while technological advances are sharply reducing the cost of deploying solar and wind power, according to the latest…
  • Parasitic Flatworm Could Be Major Threat to Coral Reefs, Scientists Say

    11 April 2014, 1:57 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    A coral-eating flatworm with a unique camouflaging strategy could be a major threat to the world's coral reefs, according to researchers in the U.K. The parasite, called Amakusaplana acroporae, infects a type of staghorn coral known as acropora, a major…
  • Mapping Program Helps Cities See Money Saved by Planting Trees

    10 April 2014, 1:48 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    New open-source software is helping cities better understand the benefits trees provide by calculating the value of the trees' ecosystem services, such as air quality improvements and CO2 storage. More than a dozen…
  • Will Increased Food Production Devour Tropical Forest Lands?

    10 April 2014, 9:25 am by: Yale Environment 360

    As global population soars, efforts to boost food production will inevitably be focused on the world’s tropical regions. Can this agricultural transformation be achieved without destroying the remaining tropical forests of Africa, South America, and Asia?…
  • On Far-Flung Wrangel Island, A Scientist Sizes up Muskoxen

    9 April 2014, 10:05 am by: Yale Environment 360

    As a field biologist for the University of Montana and the Wildlife Conservation Society, Joel Berger has been to his share of end-of-the-earth places. But few have…
  • 'Living Fences' Have Dramatically Cut Livestock and Lion Killings in Tanzania

    8 April 2014, 1:48 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    A novel, low-tech idea is helping Tanzania's lion population rebound: So-called "living fences" — which enclose livestock and are constructed of actively growing trees and chain-link fencing — have cut lion…
  • A Personal Note on Peter Matthiessen, Who Wrote Eloquently of the Natural World

    8 April 2014, 9:31 am by: Yale Environment 360

    For an editor, the prospect of working with Peter Matthiessen was intimidating. He was one of our finest writers, and he wrote with such poetic precision and lyrical grace that at first it felt presumptuous to propose…
  • Newfound Atmospheric `Hole' Threatens Polar Ozone Layer, Scientists Say

    7 April 2014, 1:48 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Researchers have discovered a large opening in the Earth's atmosphere that is enabling pollutants to rise…
  • E360 Announces Contest for Best Environmental Videos

    7 April 2014, 11:56 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Yale Environment 360 is holding a contest to honor the best environmental videos. Entries must be videos that focus on an environmental issue or theme, have not been widely viewed online, and are a maximum of 15 minutes in length. The first-place winner will…
  • On Fracking Front, A Push To Reduce Leaks of Methane

    7 April 2014, 9:36 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Scientists, engineers, and government regulators are increasingly turning their attention to solving one of the chief environmental problems associated with fracking for natural gas and oil – significant leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.…
  • Solar Panels Could Beam Power From Space Down to Earth, U.S. Navy Says

    4 April 2014, 12:30 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Researchers from the U.S. military are developing technology that would harvest solar energy in space and beam it down to Earth, according to the Naval Research Laboratory. Although the concept seems futuristic, the…
  • Deforestation of Sandy Soils Increases the Release of CO2, Study Finds

    3 April 2014, 1:35 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    The texture of the soil that microbes live in determines how much carbon they release after deforestation, with sandy soils sending the most carbon into the atmosphere, according to research led by Yale scientists.…
  • New Satellite Boosts Research On Global Rainfall and Climate

    3 April 2014, 9:30 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Although it may seem simple, measuring rainfall worldwide has proven to be a difficult job for scientists. But a recently launched satellite is set to change that, providing data that could help in understanding whether global rainfall really is increasing as…
  • Comment on e360 Articles On Debate About Fossil Fuel Divestment

    2 April 2014, 12:26 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Scientists Charles H. Greene, of Cornell University, and Daniel M. Kammen, of the University of California, Berkeley, offer commentary on the recent Yale Environment 360 Point/Counterpoint articles on the…
  • Delaware River Watershed Is Focus of Large-Scale Restoration Project

    1 April 2014, 1:20 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    A Philadelphia foundation is providing $35 million to launch a host of programs aimed at better protecting the Delaware River, which flows through the heart of…
  • IPCC Issues Stark Report On Present and Future Climate Impacts

    31 March 2014, 12:28 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Rapidly rising levels of greenhouse gases are already having a major impact on the earth’s natural systems and the problem is likely to grow significantly worse unless these emissions are brought under control, according to a new report by the…
  • Scientists Focus on Polar Waters As Threat of Acidification Grows

    31 March 2014, 9:30 am by: Yale Environment 360

    A sophisticated and challenging experiment in Antarctica is the latest effort to study ocean acidification in the polar regions, where frigid waters are expected to feel most acutely the ecological impacts of acidic conditions not seen in millions of years.…
  • West Antarctic Glacial Loss Is Rapidly Intensifying, New Study Shows

    28 March 2014, 1:21 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Six massive glaciers in West Antarctica are dumping far more ice into the Southern Ocean than they were 40 NASAAn 18-mile crack in the Pine Island Glacier years ago and now account for 10 percent of the world’s sea level rise, according to a new study.…

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