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  • Half of the Planet's Animals Lost Since 1970, Report Says

    30 September 2014, 12:08 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    The number of animals on the planet has fallen 52 percent in the last 40 years, according to an analysisby…
  • Inexpensive Solar Cell Makes Hydrogen Fuel from Sunlight

    29 September 2014, 1:27 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Researchers have developed a device that can store solar energy by inexpensively converting it to hydrogen —…
  • Beyond Treaties: A New Way of Framing Global Climate Action

    29 September 2014, 9:33 am by: Yale Environment 360

    As negotiators look to next year’s UN climate conference in Paris, there is increasing discussion of a new way forward that does not depend on sweeping international agreements. Some analysts are pointing to Plan B — recasting the climate issue as one of…
  • Aral Sea Basin Dry for First Time in Modern History, Satellite Images Show

    26 September 2014, 12:50 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    For the first time in modern history, the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has gone completely dry, as this…
  • World's Largest Coal Company Plans Billion-Dollar Solar Project in India

    25 September 2014, 1:09 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Continuing its push to increase investment in renewable energy, India’s energy ministry is working with the…
  • Cashes Ledge: New England's Rich Underwater Laboratory

    25 September 2014, 9:27 am by: Yale Environment 360

    A little over 70 miles off the coast of New England, an unusual undersea mountain range, known as Cashes Ledge, rises from the seabed. Regulators are contemplating lifting a 12-year-old ban on commercial groundfishing in some parts of this area, sparking a…
  • Cashes Ledge: New England's Underwater Laboratory

    25 September 2014, 9:26 am by: Yale Environment 360

    A little over 70 miles off the coast of New England, an unusual undersea mountain range, known as Cashes Ledge, rises from the seabed. The area teems with kelp forests, sea sponges, and a wide variety of fish and mollusks — much of it captured by ocean…
  • Nations and Corporations Pledge to End Forest Loss by 2030 at UN Summit

    24 September 2014, 1:01 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    The U.S., Canada, and the European Union agreed at yesterday's UN climate summit to cut global…
  • The Overview: Alberta Tar Sands

    24 September 2014, 10:24 am by: Yale Environment 360

    These satellite images, taken from July 1984 through May 2011, reveal the development of the Athabasca oil sands, commonly called "tar sands," which lie at the heart of Alberta’s oil deposits. Tar sands mining, which has become a significant issue for…
  • Food Security Issues Often Neglected After Extreme Weather Events

    23 September 2014, 1:49 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Extreme weather events — the sort likely to arise with increasing frequency as the planet warms — took a heavy toll on Russia and East Africa in 2010 and 2011, in large part because governments and authorities were ill-equipped to address resulting food…
  • Oil Companies Quietly Prepare For a Future of Carbon Pricing

    23 September 2014, 9:31 am by: Yale Environment 360

    The major oil companies in the U.S. have not had to pay a price for the contribution their products make to climate change. But internal accounting by the companies, along with a host of other signs, suggest that may soon change — though the implications of…
  • Planet Set to Reach CO2 Threshold in 30 Years, Researchers Say

    22 September 2014, 1:24 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Only 1.2 trillion metric tons of carbon dioxide can be emitted in the future if nations are to avoid causing the…
  • Global Population on Track to Reach 11 Billion by 2100, Researchers Say

    19 September 2014, 1:06 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    A new analysis of United Nations global population data finds an 80-percent probability that the number of…
  • Trees Growing Significantly Faster in Warming Climate, Study Finds

    18 September 2014, 1:36 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    An analysis of data spanning 140 years from one of the world's oldest forest study sites indicates that trees have…
  • How Norway and Russia Made A Cod Fishery Live and Thrive

    18 September 2014, 9:32 am by: Yale Environment 360

    The prime cod fishing grounds of North America have been depleted or wiped out by overfishing and poor management. But in Arctic waters, Norway and Russia are working cooperatively to sustain a highly productive — and profitable — cod fishery.…
  • Global Shift to Mass Transit Could Have Major Financial and Climate Benefits

    17 September 2014, 1:44 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Expanding public transportation and infrastructure that promotes walking and biking throughout the world's…
  • Peak to Peak: An Intimate Look at The Bighorn Sheep of the Rockies

    17 September 2014, 9:35 am by: Yale Environment 360

    The third-place winner of the Yale Environment 360 Video Contest focuses on a herd of bighorn sheep in Montana and features remarkable scenes of lambs as they gambol along the slopes of the northern Rockies. Produced by Jeremy Roberts, the video follows a…
  • Tackling Climate Change Could Pay Off in as Little as 15 Years, Report Finds

    16 September 2014, 1:08 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Limiting greenhouse gas emissions globally over the next 15 years is both economically feasible and likely to save money, according to a new report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Between 2015 and 2030, nations are expected to invest…
  • Urban Air Pollution May Affect Brains of Young Children, Study Says

    15 September 2014, 1:15 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Children living in areas with high air pollution are at increased risk for brain inflammation and for developing…
  • Interview: Making Farm-to-Table a Truly Sustainable Movement

    15 September 2014, 9:33 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Renowned chef Dan Barber is synonymous with the farm-to-table movement. His two New York restaurants…
  • How to Make Farm-to-Table A Truly Sustainable Movement

    15 September 2014, 9:33 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Chef Dan Barber says the farm-to-table movement that he helped build has failed to support sustainable agriculture on a large scale. To do that, he says in a Yale Environment 360 interview, we need a new way of looking at diverse crops and the foods we eat.…
  • New High-Resolution Maps Show Greenhouse Gas Emissions at City-Level

    12 September 2014, 1:39 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Researchers have developed a new method for mapping global carbon emissions for individual cities on an…
  • Brazilian Amazon Deforestation Jumps by 29 Percent, Government Says

    11 September 2014, 12:59 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Brazilian government data show destruction of the Amazon rainforest increased 29 percent over the past…
  • A Red Dirt Town: An Enduring Legacy Of Toxic Pollution in Southern Waters

    11 September 2014, 9:31 am by: Yale Environment 360

    The second-place winner of the Yale Environment 360 Video Contest examines the legacy of pollution in Anniston, Alabama, the former home of a Monsanto chemical factory. Produced by Spenser Gabin, the video tells the story of how PCBs from the Monsanto plant…
  • U.S. Renewable Energy Growth in 2014 Dwarfs Fossil Fuel Plant Additions

    10 September 2014, 1:18 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    The U.S. this year has significantly scaled back coal and natural gas power plant additions compared to 2013,…
  • Ocean Acidification May Dull Sharks' Ability to Smell Prey, Researchers Say

    9 September 2014, 12:50 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Ocean acidification, which is driven by rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, may cause sharks to…
  • U.S. Dietary Guidelines WouldSpur Rise in Greenhouse Gases, Study Says

    8 September 2014, 12:46 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Following U.S. federal guidelines for a healthy diet is likely to increase greenhouse gas emissions, even though the guidelines recommend a diet with less meat than the average American currently consumes, according to a recent analysis in the Journal of…
  • Can Carbon Capture Technology Be Part of the Climate Solution?

    8 September 2014, 9:33 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Some scientists and analysts are touting carbon capture and storage as a necessary tool for avoiding catastrophic climate change. But critics of the technology regard it as simply another way of perpetuating a reliance on fossil fuels. BY DAVID BIELLO
  • Smog in India Damaged Enough Crops to Feed 94 Million, Study Says

    5 September 2014, 1:22 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Ground-level ozone, the main component of smog, damaged 6.7 million tons of Indian crops worth an…
  • Buying Video Games on Disc Is More Energy Efficient than Downloading

    4 September 2014, 12:36 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Downloading video games from the Internet creates a larger carbon footprint than driving to the store to purchase the same game on a Blu-ray disc, according to findings published in the…

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