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  • China Is Top Developing Nation for Clean Energy Investment, Analysis Finds

    30 October 2014, 1:28 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    China is the most attractive among developing nations for low-carbon investment and deployment, according to an analysis by the Climatescope project, a partnership among various international development agencies and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. China…
  • A Conservationist Sees Signs of Hope for the World’s Rainforests

    30 October 2014, 9:32 am by: Yale Environment 360

    After decades of sobering news, a prominent conservationist says he is finally finding reason to be optimistic about the future of tropical forests. Consumer pressure on international corporations and new monitoring technology, he says, are helping turn the…
  • Weather and Climate Key in Weights of Antarctic Penguin Chicks, Study Says

    29 October 2014, 1:15 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Local weather and large-scale climate trends have the largest impact on the weights of Adélie penguin chicks…
  • Scientists Find Seafloor Fallout Plume of Oil from Deepwater Horizon Spill

    28 October 2014, 1:26 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Researchers say they have found a large fallout plume of oil on the seafloor from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon…
  • Mature Forests Protect Waterways From Nitrogen Pollution, Researchers Find

    27 October 2014, 12:41 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Forest top soils capture and stabilize nitrogen pollution very quickly but release it slowly, according to new research published in the journal Ecology. The findings indicate that mature forests may be providing an under-appreciated service by storing excess…
  • Innovations in Energy Storage Provide Boost for Renewables

    27 October 2014, 9:31 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Because utilities can't control when the sun shines or the wind blows, it has been difficult to fully incorporate solar and wind power into the electricity grid. But new technologies designed to store the energy produced by these clean power sources could soon…
  • New Mapping Tool Shows Geothermal Power Plants and Potential in U.S.

    24 October 2014, 12:53 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    A new mapping tool from the U.S. Department of Energy lets users see how geothermal power plants…
  • Drones Can Help Map Spread of Infectious Diseases, Researchers Say

    23 October 2014, 1:28 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Aerial drones can help track changes in the environment that may accelerate the spread of…
  • Albania’s Coastal Wetlands: Killing Field for Migrating Birds

    23 October 2014, 9:32 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Millions of birds migrating between Africa and Europe are being illegally hunted on the Balkan Peninsula, with the most egregious poaching occurring in Albania. Conservationists and the European Commission are calling for an end to the carnage.…
  • In East Coast Marshes, Goats Take On a Notorious Invader

    22 October 2014, 10:44 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Land managers in the eastern U.S. and Canada have spent countless man-hours and millions of dollars trying to tame a pernicious, invasive reed known as Phragmites australis. Toxic herbicides, controlled burns, and even bulldozers have been the go-to solutions…
  • Arid and Mediterranean Ecosystems Seem More Resistant to Drought than Expected

    21 October 2014, 1:35 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Desert and Mediterranean ecosystems may be more resistant to climate change, particularly long-term…
  • Electricity Access Has Small Effect on Emissions in India, Study Says

    20 October 2014, 12:17 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Expanding electricity to the homes of 650 million people in India over the past 30 years had minimal…
  • Drive to Mine the Deep Sea Raises Concerns Over Impacts

    20 October 2014, 9:31 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Armed with new high-tech equipment, mining companies are targeting vast areas of the deep ocean for mineral extraction. But with few regulations in place, critics fear such development could threaten seabed ecosystems that scientists say are only now being…
  • Pesticide Linked to Bee Deaths Does Not Improve Soybean Crops, EPA Finds

    17 October 2014, 12:58 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Coating soybean seeds with a class of insecticides that has been implicated in honeybee deaths and partially…
  • Global Boom in Natural Gas Unlikely to Help the Climate, Study Suggests

    16 October 2014, 12:10 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Increasing global supplies of unconventional natural gas will not help to reduce the overall upward trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions and the planetary warming that comes with it, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. The findings…
  • Electric Power Rights of Way: A New Frontier for Conservation

    16 October 2014, 9:30 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Often mowed and doused with herbicides, power transmission lines have long been a bane for environmentalists. But that’s changing, as some utilities are starting to manage these areas as potentially valuable corridors for threatened wildlife.…
  • U.S. Climate Envoy Says All Nations, Rich and Poor, Must Curb Emissions

    15 October 2014, 11:56 am by: Yale Environment 360

    The negotiating architecture that has governed the decades-long pursuit of an international climate…
  • Researchers Explain Puzzling Stability of Some Himalayan Glaciers

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

    Unlike nearly all other high-altitude glaciers across the globe, glaciers in the Karakoram mountain chain, part…
  • Climate Change To Make Many Tropical Marine Species Locally Extinct, Study Says

    13 October 2014, 1:24 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Climate change is likely to drive fish and marine invertebrates toward the poles and cause extinctions…
  • The Case Against a Legal Ivory Trade: It Will Lead to More Killing of Elephants

    13 October 2014, 9:30 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Proponents of easing the global ban on ivory are ignoring the fact that it was a legal market for ivory that pushed elephants toward extinction only a few decades ago. What’s needed now is not a legal ivory market, but better regulation and enforcement of…
  • Ivory Trade Debate: Should the International Ban on Ivory Be Lifted?

    13 October 2014, 9:30 am by: Yale Environment 360

    Although most conservationists oppose it, a proposal to allow a partial lifting of the ban on ivory trading would benefit Africa’s elephants. With proper controls and enforcement, a legal trade would choke off demand for illicit ivory and discourage the…
  • Badru’s Story: Early Warnings From Inside an Impenetrable African Forest

    13 October 2014, 5:00 am by: Yale Environment 360

    “A Red Dirt Town,” which placed second in the Yale Environment 360 Video Contest, examines the legacy of pollution in Anniston, Alabama, the former home of a Monsanto chemical factory. The video, produced by Spenser Gabin, tells the story of how PCBs from…
  • Natural Gas Production Causing Large Methane Hotspot Over U.S. Southwest

    10 October 2014, 1:00 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    A single methane “hotspot” in the U.S. Southwest accounts for 10 percent of the nation’s total estimated…
  • Investment in Energy Efficiency Outpaces Renewable Energy Sector

    9 October 2014, 1:44 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    Global investments in energy-efficiency measures have reached $310 billion annually — nearly $100 billion more than investments in renewable energy last year, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency. Efficiency measures saved the…
  • True Altruism: Can Humans Change To Save Other Species?

    9 October 2014, 9:35 am by: Yale Environment 360

    A grim new census of the world’s dwindling wildlife populations should force us to confront a troubling question: Are humans capable of acting in ways that help other species at a cost to themselves? BY VERLYN KLINKENBORG
  • Floods Will Be Chronic Problem for East Coast Cities by 2030, Study Says

    8 October 2014, 1:24 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    By 2030, residents of Washington, D.C., and Annapolis, Maryland, could be experiencing more than 150 tidal floods every year — up…
  • Interview: A Call for Climate Goals
    Other Than Two Degrees Celsius

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

    When international delegates meet in Paris next year to negotiate a new climate agreement, they'll be aiming to keep the global average temperature from rising more than 2 degrees…
  • The Case for a Climate Goal Other Than Two Degrees Celsius

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

    Scientists and climate negotiators have largely agreed that limiting global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius is an important goal. But political scientist David Victor disagrees, arguing that the benchmark is too simplistic and should be abandoned in…
  • Deep Ocean Heat Storage Not Behind Global Warming Pause, Study Finds

    7 October 2014, 11:59 am by: Yale Environment 360

    The deepest reaches of earth's oceans have not warmed significantly over the last decade, according to scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California — a finding that undermines a leading theory as to why the pace of global warming has slowed…
  • Number of Megacities Has Nearly Tripled Since 1990, UN Report Says

    6 October 2014, 1:27 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    The number of urban areas with more than 10 million inhabitants — sometimes called "megacities" — has…

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