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  • 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 — northern 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…
  • Interview: Calling for Moratorium On Development of Tar Sands Oil

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

    In a recent commentary in Nature, aquatic ecologist Wendy Palen and seven colleagues were sharply critical of the way that Canada and the United States have gone…
  • The Case for a Moratorium On Tar Sands Development

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

    Ecologist Wendy Palen was one of a group of scientists who recently called for a moratorium on new development of Alberta’s tar sands. In a Yale Environment 360 interview, she talks about why Canada and the U.S. need to reconsider the tar sands as part of a…
  • Mobile Phone Networks Can Help Monitor Global Rainfall, Researchers Say

    3 September 2014, 1:14 pm by: Yale Environment 360

    New research shows that mobile phone networks, which cover 90 percent of the world's population, can help track rainfall events — a task that has proven difficult for both advanced satellite systems and ground-level observation networks. By compiling data on…
  • Six Strategies Could End Global Water Stress by 2050, Researchers Say

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

    Global water stress could be alleviated by the year 2050 if countries work to implement six key strategies…
  • Badru’s Story: Early Warnings From Inside an Impenetrable African Forest

    2 September 2014, 9:38 am by: Yale Environment 360

    "Badru’s Story," which documents the work of researchers in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, is the first-place winner of the Yale Environment 360 Video Contest. Filmmakers Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele trek along with scientist Badru…
  • 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

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