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  • Southwestern U.S. Aquifers Are Extremely Low, NASA Data Show

    25 July 2014, 1:17 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Groundwater reserves in the U.S. Southwest are severely low and prospects for their long-term viability are bleak as persistent drought continues to parch the…
  • Protecting Community Forests Can Be Major Tool in Climate Fight, Study Says

    24 July 2014, 11:04 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Expanding and strengthening the community forest rights of indigenous groups and rural residents can make a major contribution to sequestering carbon and…
  • French Grocer Sees Major Success in Marketing "Inglorious" Fruits and Vegetables

    23 July 2014, 1:07 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    A major French grocery chain, Intermarche, has launched a novel campaign to curb food waste and…
  • Earth Observation Satellites Help Scientists Better Understand Global Change

    23 July 2014, 10:11 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Global warming is affecting more than just atmospheric temperatures — it is also changing water cycles, soil conditions, and animal migrations. Earth observation satellites aid scientists in measuring and monitoring these changes so societies can better…
  • Costs of Urban Light Pollution Highlighted in Citizen Science Effort

    22 July 2014, 1:01 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    A recently launched citizen science project aims to highlight the environmental, social, and financial impacts of excessive nighttime lighting in cities around…
  • India Doubles Coal Tax to Fund Ambitious Clean Energy Initiatives

    21 July 2014, 1:27 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    India's finance minister has doubled the tax on coal imported to or mined in the country, raising the tariff from $0.83 to $1.67 per metric ton, with plans to use the revenue to fund a host of renewable energy projects over the next decade, Clean Technica…
  • Primate Rights vs Research: Battle in Colombian Rainforest

    21 July 2014, 9:32 am by: Yale Environment 360

    A Colombian conservationist has been locked in a contentious legal fight against a leading researcher who uses wild monkeys in his search for a malaria vaccine. A recent court decision that banned the practice is seen as a victory in efforts to restrict the…
  • Germany Tops Energy-Efficiency Ranking and U.S. Scores Near Bottom

    18 July 2014, 12:26 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Germany tops a new energy efficiency ranking of the world’s major economies, followed by Italy, China, France, and Japan, according to the American Council…
  • Google Street View Maps Show Extent of Methane Leaks in Cities

    17 July 2014, 1:23 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    New maps from Google reveal the locations of natural gas leaks in U.S. cities and highlight the extent of…
  • Scientists Look for Causes of Baffling Die-Off of Sea Stars

    17 July 2014, 9:33 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Sea stars on both coasts of North America are dying en masse from a disease that kills them in a matter of days. Researchers are looking at various pathogens that may be behind what is known as sea star wasting syndrome, but they suspect that a key…
  • Politics and Education Affect When People Search for Climate Information, Study Finds

    16 July 2014, 12:48 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    People across the United States search the Internet for information on climate change when they experience unusual or severe weather events, but the timing of their searches differs based on political ideology and education levels, according to research…
  • California Agriculture Relying Too Heavily on Groundwater Reserves in Drought

    15 July 2014, 1:14 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    California's agriculture industry is relying too heavily on groundwater to irrigate drought-stricken farmlands — a trend that will not be sustainable long-term, according…
  • Five Questions for Jeffrey Sachs On Decarbonizing the Economy

    15 July 2014, 9:49 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Thirty scientific institutions from 15 countries last week released a report for the United Nations outlining how…
  • Human Activity Has Caused Long-term Drought in Australia, Model Shows

    14 July 2014, 1:26 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    A new high-resolution climate model shows that southwestern Australia's long-term decline in fall and winter rainfall, which began around 1970 and has increased over the last four decades, is caused by…
  • The Soil Pollution Crisis in China: A Cleanup Presents Daunting Challenge

    14 July 2014, 9:25 am by: Yale Environment 360

  • Helsinki Aims to Slash Car Use With New Apps and Transit Services

    11 July 2014, 12:36 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    The Finnish capital is developing a new “mobility on demand” transport network that it hopes will sharply reduce personal car use and ownership by 2025, the Guardian reports. Helsinki officials say they will transform the existing public transportation…
  • A Possible Advance in Fight To Combat a Deadly Amphibian Fungus

    10 July 2014, 11:55 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Scientists have discovered that a certain kind of toad can acquire immunity to the deadly chytrid fungus, which has caused widespread mortality among amphibians worldwide. Reporting in Nature, the scientists say they have conferred immunity in oak toads to the…
  • Loss of Snowpack and Glaciers In Rockies Poses Water Threat

    10 July 2014, 9:28 am by: Yale Environment 360

    From the Columbia River basin in the U.S. to the Prairie Provinces of Canada, scientists and policy makers are confronting a future in which the loss of snow and ice in the Rocky Mountains could imperil water supplies for agriculture, cities and towns, and…
  • One-third of German Power Came from Renewables in First Half of 2014

    9 July 2014, 11:46 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Thanks to abundant sunshine and wind, renewable energy generated 31 percent of Germany’s electricity in the first six months of this year, according to a new report. The report, released by the Fraunhofer Insititute, said that 27 percent of the country’s…
  • Protection of Parrotfish Could Slow Decline of Caribbean Reefs

    8 July 2014, 1:02 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    The steady loss of coral reefs in the Caribbean could be partially reversed by taking a number of relatively simple steps, including stronger measures to protect the region’s parrotfish, according to a new study. In a review of trends in Caribbean coral…
  • A Strong Rebuke for Paper Forecasting `Climate Departure’

    7 July 2014, 1:09 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Thirteen climate scientists and meteorologists have published a sharp criticism of a paper in Nature by University of Hawaii biogeographer Camilo Mora, who calculated dates when earth’s climate will move into a new state caused by human-driven global…
  • In China’s Heartland, A Toxic Trail Leads from Factories to Fields to Food

    7 July 2014, 9:23 am by: Yale Environment 360

  • Human Settlements Have Boosted Plant Growth Globally, NASA Data Show

    3 July 2014, 1:57 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    On a global scale, the presence of people corresponds to more plant growth, according to an analysis of three decades of global vegetation greenness data from…
  • Roughly $80 Billion Wasted on Power for Networked Devices, Report Says

    2 July 2014, 1:09 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    The world’s 14 billion online electronic devices, such as modems, printers, game consoles, and cable boxes, waste around $80 billion in electricity annually because of inefficient technology, according to a new reportby…
  • Interview: Where Will the Earth Head After Its ‘Climate Departure’?

    2 July 2014, 9:33 am by: Yale Environment 360

    The term “climate departure” has an odd ring, but its meaning is relatively straightforward. It marks the point at which the earth’s climate begins to cease resembling…
  • Where Will Earth Head After Its ‘Climate Departure’?

    2 July 2014, 9:32 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Will the planet reach a point where its climate is significantly different from what has existed throughout human history, and if so, when? In an interview with Yale Environment 360, biogeographer Camilo Mora talks about recent research on this disquieting…
  • Small Island Nation of Kiribati Purchases Foreign Land as Climate Refuge

    1 July 2014, 1:12 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    The small island nation of Kiribati has purchased a swath of land in Fiji as a refuge for citizens who may be displaced by rising sea levels, marking the first time a…
  • Antarctica's Emperor Penguins Will Be in Serious Decline By 2100, Study Says

    30 June 2014, 11:56 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Antarctica's Emperor penguins are facing dramatic declines by the end of the century and should be given endangered species status because of the threats posed…
  • China’s Dirty Pollution Secret: The Boom Poisoned Its Soil and Crops

    30 June 2014, 9:30 am by: Yale Environment 360

  • Going Vegetarian Could Halve A Consumer’s Food-related CO2 Footprint

    27 June 2014, 11:23 am by: Yale Environment 360

    A new study of more than 50,000 people in the United Kingdom shows that going vegan, vegetarian, or even “pescatarian” can drastically reduce people’s carbon footprints. Published in the journal Climatic Change, the study concluded that if people eating…

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