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1.  An Amazon Defender Stands Up for Her Land and Her People  

2022-01-13


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Amazon Indigenous leader Juma Xipaia has fought against massive dam projects and the incursion of illegal loggers and miners onto her community’s lands. In a Yale e360 interview, she explains why what’s at stake is the survival of her people and their millennia-old way of life. Read more on E360 →
2.  U.S. To See Wave of Coal Power Retirements, While Oil Output Ramps Up  

2022-01-12


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Coal is down and oil is up according to the latest projections from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Coal plants will account for 85 percent of power capacity being retired in the U.S. this year, consistent with a long-term downward trend in coal burning, while U.S. oil output is expecte...
3.  Treating Corals With Bacteria Can Help Reefs Endure Severe Heat, Study Shows  

2021-08-16


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Recent years have seen a spate of coral bleaching events, where reefs stressed by unusually warm waters turned white. Scientists have sought different ways of protecting corals from such bleaching, such as pumping cold water into threatened reefs or engineering the algae that live in corals to bette...
4.  Sri Lanka Pledges No New Coal, Makes Push Into Rooftop Solar  

2021-08-17


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In its latest climate plan, Sri Lanka is ruling out new coal power and aiming to reach 70 percent clean electricity by 2030, an important milestone on its way to reaching its goal of a carbon-neutral electricity generation system by 2050, Climate Home News reported.Read more on E360 →
5.  As Disasters Mount, Central Banks Gird Against Threat of Climate Change  

2021-08-18


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From the Bank of England to the People’s Bank of China, monetary authorities of the world’s largest economies are gauging how climate change could rock the financial system. Though long committed to being “market neutral,” some are even starting to push greener investments.Read more on E360 →
6.  In Northeast India, Cement Plants Disrupt Forest and a Way of Life  

2021-08-19


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“The Story of Lumshnong” — the winner of the 2021 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest — examines how government officials allowed cement companies to pour into a forest in northeast India, polluting the air and water and destroying an ecosystem on which local villagers depend.Read more on E360 →
7.  Montreal Protocol Averted an Additional 2.5 Degrees C of Warming, Study Says  

2021-08-20


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The Montreal Protocol, which phased out the use of ozone-depleting chemicals, not only saved the ozone layer, but also staved off an additional 2.5 degrees C (4.5 degrees F) of warming by the end of this century, according to a new study.Read more on E360 →
8.  Push to Electrify Federal Fleet Could Yield Billions in Savings by 2030  

2021-08-23


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Shortly after taking office in January, President Joe Biden directed federal agencies to procure "clean, zero-emission vehicles," but work toward that goal has been slow — just 10 percent of new mail trucks ordered by the United States Postal Service are expected to be all-electric. If the federal governmen...
9.  Solar Briefly Overtakes Coal for the First Time in Australia  

2021-08-24


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For a few minutes on Sunday, solar energy supplied more than half of Australia's power generation, marking the first time that solar has outstripped coal in a country long dependent on fossil fuels to produce electricity, The Guardian reported.Read more on E360 →
10.  The Dream of Carbon Air Capture Edges Toward Reality  

2021-08-25


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Next month, an industrial facility in Iceland will join a growing number of projects to remove CO2 from the air and put it underground. But major hurdles, including high costs, remain before this technology can be widely deployed and play a key role in tackling climate change.Read more on E360 →
11.  Americans Moving to Disaster-Prone Areas, Despite Climate Change  

2021-08-27


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Despite the mounting risk of climate change, U.S. counties that are most prone to weather disasters are seeing an influx of new residents, while those that are least vulnerable to extreme weather are seeing an exodus, according to a new analysis by the real estate firm Redfin. Read more on E360 →
12.  Climate Change Producing More "Fire Weather" as Far East as Oklahoma  

2021-08-30


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Climate change is setting the stage for wildfires beyond California and Oregon, fueling hotter, drier conditions in places such as Oklahoma and Nebraska not historically prone to large wildfires, according to a new analysis from Climate Central.Read more on E360 →
13.  Wind Energy Accounted for 42 Percent of New U.S. Power in 2020  

2021-08-31


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Wind energy accounted for the bulk of new power-generating capacity in the United States last year, according to a trio of new reports from the Department of Energy. In total, wind supplied 42 percent of new U.S. capacity in 2020, while solar supplied 38 percent and natural gas the remaining 20 percent...
14.  Beyond Extinction: A New Emphasis on Species Recovery  

2021-09-01


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Scientists have long drawn up a Red List to alert officials about wildlife and plant species threatened with extinction. Now some say it’s time to flip the script and create a “green status” category that identifies how to bring these species back to sustainable levels.Read more on E360 →
15.  How Adding Rock Dust to Soil Could Help Get Carbon into the Ground  

2021-09-02


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Researchers are finding that when pulverized rock is applied to agricultural fields, the soil pulls far more carbon from the air and crop yields increase. More studies are underway, but some scientists say this method shows significant benefits for farmers and the climate.Read more on E360 →
17.  In Australia, Murdoch-Owned News Outlets Vow to Back Away From Climate Denial  

2021-09-07


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Though long hostile toward climate science, News Corp Australia is planning an editorial campaign calling for a zero-carbon economy, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. In mid-October, News Corp Australia, owned by conservative media magnate Rupert Murdoch, will launch a two-week campaign advocatin...
18.  As the Planet Has Warmed, Weather Disasters Have Grown Fivefold, Analysis Shows  

2021-09-08


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Weather disasters have become five times more common since 1970, due in large part to climate change, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).Read more on E360 →
19.  Turning Hog Waste Into Biogas: Green Solution or Greenwashing?  

2021-09-09


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North Carolina’s industrial-scale hog farms have long been a major source of pollution. Smithfield Foods now plans to turn some hog waste into biogas, but critics say the project does nothing about the larger problem of waste being stored in lagoons and sprayed on fields. Read more on E360 →
20.  Indigenous People Gain Voice at Biodiversity Conference, Push to Conserve Amazon  

2021-09-10


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Indigenous voices on the environment are finally being heard as Marseille hosts a global biodiversity summit, with a call to protect 80 percent of the Amazon, as well as a “counter conference” highlighting the conservation movement’s historic violation of people’s rights. Read more on E360 →
21.  More Than 200 Environmental Activists Murdered in 2020, the Most Ever  

2021-09-13


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Some 227 land and environmental activists were killed in 2020, the highest number ever recorded, according to a new report from Global Witness, an international human rights organization. Read more on E360 →
22.  Young People Are Experiencing Widespread Anxiety About Climate Inaction, Study Finds  

2021-09-14


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Young people around the globe are profoundly worried about climate change, according to a new study, which found that those who feel governments are doing too little to address the crisis are most prone to climate anxiety.Read more on E360 →
23.  They Knew: How the U.S. Government Helped Cause the Climate Crisis  

2021-09-15


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James Gustave Speth has been calling for action on climate since serving in the White House in the 1970s. In an e360 interview, he talks about his new book, which chronicles how U.S. administrations repeatedly failed to act in response to scientists’ increasingly dire warnings.Read more on E360 →
24.  Why Saving World’s Peatlands Can Help Stabilize the Climate  

2021-09-16


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Peatlands make up 3 percent of the earth’s landscape, yet absorb large amounts of carbon and harbor surprising biodiversity. Although peat bogs and fens are under increasing environmental threat, efforts to protect and restore these ecosystems are gathering momentum.Read more on E360 →
25.  New Coal Plants Dwindle Amid Wave of Canceled Projects  

2021-09-17


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Some 1,175 gigawatts of new coal projects have been canceled since 2015, an amount greater than the current coal capacity of China, according to a new report from climate think tank E3G. Read more on E360 →
26.  As Italy’s Glaciers Recede, a Stunning World of Ice Is Being Lost  

2021-09-21


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Photographer Luigi Avantaggiato has trekked high into the Italian Alps to document the melting of some of the world’s most studied glaciers. His images track the glaciers’ increasingly rapid retreat and capture the stark beauty of a land in transition as the ice disappears.Read more on E360 →
27.  Michigan Plans to Build First U.S. Road Outfitted for Wireless EV Charging  

2021-09-22


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Michigan is planning to build the first public road in the United States where electric vehicles can charge wirelessly while driving, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday at the Motor Bella auto show in Pontiac. Read more on E360 →
28.  Can the World’s Most Polluting Heavy Industries Decarbonize?  

2021-09-23


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The production of steel, cement, and ammonia together emit about one-fifth of all human-caused CO2. Technologies are emerging that promise to decarbonize these problem industries, but analysts warn that big challenges remain before the processes can be cleaned up.Read more on E360 →
29.  Lake Powell Could Stop Producing Hydropower in 2023 Due to Worsening Drought  

2021-09-24


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Dwindling water levels at Lake Powell could make it impossible for its dam to generate hydropower in 2023, according to new projections from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.Read more on E360 →
30.  Children Today to See Far More Weather Disasters Than Their Grandparents  

2021-09-27


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Under current climate policy, the average child born in 2020 will live through around seven times as many heat waves as someone born in 1960. They will also see roughly twice as many droughts and wildfires and close to three times as many crop failures as their grandparents did, according to a new study.Rea...
31.  On the Klamath, Dam Removal May Come Too Late to Save the Salmon  

2021-09-28


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The planned demolition of dams on the Klamath River was expected to help restore the beleaguered salmon on which Indigenous tribes depend. But after a record drought and wildfire this summer, many are worried the salmon could be all but gone before the dams come down. Read more on E360 →
32.  In UK, Interest in EVs Spikes Amid Fuel Shortages  

2021-09-29


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A dearth of truck drivers has slowed deliveries of gasoline in the UK, leading to fuel shortages and panic buying. And with gas in short supply, EV dealers are seeing a surge of interest in electric cars, The Guardian reported.Read more on E360 →
33.  As the Climate Bakes, Turkey Faces a Future Without Water  

2021-09-30


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No nation in the Mediterranean region has been hit harder by climate change than Turkey. But as heat and drought increase, Turkey is doubling down on water-intensive agriculture and development and spurring a water-supply crisis that is expected to get much worse. Read more on E360 →
34.  New Iron-Based Batteries Offer an Alternative to Lithium  

2021-10-01


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Batteries are needed to store clean power from wind and solar, but the high cost of lithium batteries has slowed their widespread adoption. Companies have long sought to produce alternatives made of cheaper materials, like zinc, and Oregon-based ESS Inc. says it has now developed a more affordable an...
36.  Urban Extreme Heat Exposure Has Tripled Since the 1980s, Study Shows  

2021-10-05


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The number of person-days when city dwellers are exposed to extreme heat and humidity has tripled since the early 1980s, according to a new study of more than 13,000 cities worldwide.Read more on E360 →
37.  Fossil Fuels Received $5.9 Trillion In Subsidies in 2020, Report Finds  

2021-10-06


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Coal, oil, and natural gas received $5.9 trillion in subsidies in 2020 — or roughly $11 million every minute — according to a new analysis from the International Monetary Fund.Read more on E360 →
38.  Ozone Pollution: An Insidious and Growing Threat to Biodiversity  

2021-10-07


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Ground-level ozone has long been known to pose a threat to human health. Now, scientists are increasingly understanding how this pollutant damages plants and trees, setting off a cascade of impacts that harms everything from soil microbes, to insects, to wildlife. Read more on E360 →
39.  New Limits on Water Use Spur Conservation Measures Among Farmers in California's Central Valley  

2021-10-08


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A 2014 California law intended to protect the state's depleted aquifers is going into effect, requiring farms not to pump groundwater faster than it can be replenished. The policy is pushing growers to find new ways to refill the state's depleted aquifers, NPR reports. Read more on E360 →
40.  Bugs Are Evolving to Eat Plastic, Study Finds  

2021-12-22


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Microbes in oceans and soils across the globe are evolving to eat plastic, according to a study. Read more on E360 →
41.  EVs Made Up Two-Thirds of New Cars Sales in Norway Last Year  

2022-01-03


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Electric cars accounted for roughly two-thirds of new sales in Norway last year, a key milestone on the country’s way to ending the sale of gas-powered cars by 2025, Reuters reported.Read more on E360 →
42.  As Deforestation Grows in the Brazilian Savanna, Government Ends Monitoring  

2022-01-07


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Last year, deforestation in Brazil's Cerrado region, one of the largest savannas in the world, reached its highest level since 2015, according to newly released data from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE). Following that announcement, an INPE researcher said the government would stop monitorin...
43.  French Car Ads Will Soon Be Required to Discourage Driving  

2022-01-06


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In France, where junk food ads must include messages imploring consumers to snack less and eat more fruits and vegetables, car ads will soon be required to include messages encouraging people to walk, bike, or take public transportation, French media report.Read more on E360 →
44.  At Climate Summit, Can the World Move from Talk to Action?  

2021-10-12


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Negotiators at the Glasgow climate conference will face a critical choice: Set firm emissions targets for 2030, or settle for goals of achieving “net zero” by 2050? The course they set could determine if we have a shot at avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. Read more on E360 →
45.  U.S. On Pace for Record Number of Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters  

2021-10-12


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The U.S. has seen 18 weather and climate disasters costing at least $1 billion so far this year, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Read more on E360 →
46.  China Touts Massive Renewable Energy Buildout, New Funding for Biodiversity  

2021-10-13


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China has broken ground on a massive 100-gigawatt renewable energy project, larger than all solar and wind installations in India combined, President Xi Jinping announced Tuesday, by video link, at the United Nations Biodiversity Conference in Kunming, China.Read more on E360 →
47.  Why the World’s Rich Nations Must Pay for Climate Damage  

2021-10-14


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Damage from increasingly extreme weather events is falling especially hard on developing countries, even though they have done the least to contribute to climate change. At the upcoming UN climate talks, rich nations must begin to compensate them for their mounting losses.Read more on E360 →
48.  As Drought Bears Down on Northern Kenya, Millions Face Hunger  

2021-10-15


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For the second consecutive year, Kenya's semi-arid north has experienced meager rainfall, causing a drought that threatens the food supply of 2.4 million people, according to the United Nations World Food Programme, Reuters reported.Read more on E360 →
49.  Bitcoin Miners Resurrect Fossil Fuel Power Plant, Drawing Backlash From Environmentalists  

2021-10-18


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A cryptocurrency-mining operation in central New York has reopened a shuttered fossil fuel power plant to power 15,300 computer servers used to unlock bitcoins, raising concerns among environmentalists, the Associated Press reports.Read more on E360 →
50.  From Homes to Cars, It’s Now Time to Electrify Everything  

2021-10-19


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<p>The key to shifting away from fossil fuels is for consumers to begin replacing their home appliances, heating systems, and cars with electric versions powered by clean electricity. The challenges are daunting, but the politics will change when the economic benefits are widely felt.</p><p><a href="https://e360.yale.edu/features/from-homes-to-cars-its-now-time-to-electrify-everything">Read more on E360 →</a></p>
51.  Rising Arctic Temperatures Mean Migrating North No Longer Worth It for Many Species, Study Finds  

2021-10-20


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As temperatures rise in northern regions, migrating species are seeing less benefit from heading north for the summer months, according to scientists who reviewed 25 recent studies. Read more on E360 →
52.  Finding Bright Spots in the Global Coral Reef Catastrophe  

2021-10-21


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The first-ever report on the world’s coral reefs presents a grim picture, as losses mount due to global warming. But there are signs of hope — some regions are having coral growth, and researchers found that corals can recover if given a decade of reprieve from hot water.Read more on E360 →
53.  Microplastics May Be Impacting the Climate, Study Finds  

2021-10-22


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Tiny bits of plastic are swirling in the sky, and a new model suggests they could be subtly affecting the climate.Read more on E360 →
54.  Why Protecting Tribal Rights Is Key to Fighting Climate Change  

2021-10-27


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Fawn Sharp, president of the National Congress of American Indians, talks with Yale Environment 360 about how climate change is hitting Native Americans especially hard and why protecting tribal sovereignty is critical for tackling the climate crisis.Read more on E360 →
55.  A Big New Forest Initiative Sparks Concerns of a ‘Carbon Heist’  

2021-10-28


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Major funding to finance forest conservation projects is set to be announced at the UN climate summit. But some environmentalists contend the LEAF program could exclude the Indigenous people who have long protected the forests that the initiative aims to save.Read more on E360 →
56.  Forced Relocation Made Native Americans More Vulnerable to Climate Change, Study Shows  

2021-10-29


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By removing tribes from their ancestral lands and relegating them to smaller plots of marginal land, European settlers in the United States left Native Americans more vulnerable to climate change, new research shows.Read more on E360 →
57.  Glasgow Climate Conference Opens With Dire Warnings and Muted Expectations  

2021-11-01


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Some big international conferences begin with high ambition and end in ignominious failure. Some start with modest ambition and achieve major success. It’s too early to tell how the UN climate conference in Glasgow will go. Yet as the biggest climate negotiations since the Paris Agreement in 2015 bega...
58.  Reducing Deforestation and Methane Emissions Take Center Stage at Glasgow  

2021-11-02


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If at first you don’t succeed, try another declaration. Tuesday's highlight at the Glasgow climate summit was the Declaration on Forest and Land Use, under which more than 100 leaders — from Russia to Brazil to Canada to Indonesia — pledged to end deforestation and land degradation by 2030. It brough...
59.  More Eyes on Polluters: The Growth of Citizen Monitoring  

2021-11-03


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In pollution hotspots like western Pennsylvania — where petrochemical facilities are proliferating — local residents, distrustful of companies and government, are taking advantage of low-cost technologies to do their own monitoring of air, water, and noise pollution. Read more on E360 →
60.  In Glasgow, Financiers Vow to Shift Investments from Fossil Fuels to Renewables  

2021-11-03


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Follow the money. Whatever politicians promise, what matters is where investment goes. Does it finance coal or wind power, deforestation or ecological recovery? So the announcement, on day three in Glasgow, that financiers who control 40 percent of the world’s corporate assets, with a value of $130 trillion...
61.  As Warming and Drought Increase, A New Case for Ending Big Dams  

2021-11-04


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The argument against major hydropower projects — ravaged ecosystems and large-scale displacement of people — is well known. But dam critics now say that climate change, bringing dried-up reservoirs and increased methane releases, should spell the end of big hydropower. Read more on E360 →
62.  A Worrying Resurgence of Coal Becomes a Key Focus at Glasgow  

2021-11-04


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Is coal-burning in the midst of being banished from the world’s energy systems? Or is it, on the contrary, bouncing back as countries reboot their economies after the pandemic lockdown? The answer may seal the fate of the planet, but it remains up in the air after contradictory claims in recent hour...
63.  In Glasgow, Experts Warn of Widespread Misspending of Climate Adaptation Funds  

2021-11-05


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Tens of billions of dollars in aid are being poured into helping the most vulnerable nations to adapt to climate change. Rich nations in Glasgow are promising more. But is the money being well spent? Authors of a new report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) say not. Often it is funding project...
64.  Climate Negotiators Confront a Key Question: How Hot Will the Planet Get?  

2021-11-08


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As the second week gets under way, how is the Glasgow climate conference going? How is the planet faring? Is it on target for capping warming at 2.7 degrees C (4.9 degrees F) by later this century? Or are we headed for 2.2 degrees C or 1.8 degrees C? Or is it still a doomsday 4 degrees C (7.2 degree...
65.  Fossil Fuel Lobbyists at Climate Talks: What Are They Trying to Achieve?  

2021-11-09


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It was a statistic that shocked many in Glasgow Monday. An examination of delegation lists by the human rights group Global Witness found that fossil fuel companies and their trade associations have more than 500 representatives registered at the climate conference, more than the biggest national delegation...
66.  Water War: Is Big Agriculture Killing Brazil’s Traditional Farms?  

2021-11-10


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As streams and springs dry up, subsistence farmers in Brazil’s western Bahia are struggling to survive. They blame big agriculture for stealing their water for irrigation. But as climate change accelerates and drought increases, scientists disagree on who or what is to blame. Read more on E360 →
67.  Proposed Glasgow Accord Calls for Tougher Targets, Phasing Out Coal, and Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies  

2021-11-10


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With ministers from around the world back in Glasgow to take control of negotiations, delegates at the UN climate talks Wednesday were digesting the first draft of the pact to be signed at the climate conference’s scheduled close on Friday. Having failed to persuade countries to up their commitment...
68.  Why Climate Change Could Put New Conservation Areas in Jeopardy  

2021-11-11


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A global initiative to protect 30 percent of the earth’s land and oceans by 2030 is gaining momentum. But scientists warn that as the world warms, many conservation areas will become less and less suited to the types of species and ecosystems they were intended to protect.Read more on E360 →
69.  An Ambitious U.S.-China Statement Galvanizes the Glasgow Summit  

2021-11-11


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Delegates in Glasgow are applauding a joint statement from the United States and China delegations made on Wednesday evening that they believe can galvanize countries to up their game in the final hours of the conference. The “joint declaration on enhancing climate action in the 2020s” puts to one sid...
70.  As Glasgow Deadline Looms, Key Disputes Hold Up a Climate Agreement  

2021-11-12


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The Glasgow climate conference edged toward a close on Friday, with agreement on a final declaration near. But detailed discussion on particular issues — especially finance for developing nations to cope with climate change — is widely expected to push the final session beyond the scheduled close a...
71.  Major UN Climate Pact Is Reached, But Deal Does Not Put World on Target  

2021-11-13


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A major agreement was struck in the overtime hours at the UN climate summit — a deal that does not set a course for adequately curbing emissions, reports our contributing writer Fred Pearce. Read the latest from Yale Environment 360’s coverage from the Glasgow conference. Read more on E360 →
72.  Glasgow Disappointed, But It Inched the World Forward on Climate  

2021-11-15


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The UN climate agreement reached in Glasgow fell far short of what scientists say is needed, angering activists and many delegates. But the pact achieved progress, agreeing to toughen emissions targets by next year and to compensate developing nations for “loss and damage.”Read more on E360 →
73.  Armadillos Advance Northward As Temperatures Rise  

2021-11-16


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In the United States, armadillos were historically confined to Texas and the Deep South, but in recent years the hard-shelled mammals have been pushing north. Scientists believe that climate change has expanded their range by producing milder winters, allowing them to comfortably inhabit new areas, includin...
74.  Young Filipino Entrepreneur Looks to Build Southeast Asia's Biggest Solar Plant  

2021-11-17


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Leandro Leviste, a 28-year-old Filipino entrepreneur, is planning to build what would be the largest solar installation in Southeast Asia, a 500-megawatt plant around 80 miles north of Manila, Bloomberg reported.Read more on E360 →
75.  How to Repair the World’s Broken Carbon Offset Markets  

2021-11-18


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Markets that connect businesses hoping to offset their carbon emissions with climate change mitigation projects have been plagued by problems. But an economist and his co-authors argue that carbon markets can be reformed and play a significant role in slowing global warmingRead more on E360 →
76.  New Study Shows Which Places Must Be Protected to Stave Off Catastrophic Climate Change  

2021-11-19


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A new study maps out the old growth forests, peatlands, and mangroves that must be preserved to prevent catastrophic climate change. Though these areas cover only around 3 percent of land, they contain vast stores of carbon that, if unleashed, could not easily be recovered.Read more on E360 →
77.  Why Putting Solar Canopies on Parking Lots Is a Smart Green Move  

2021-11-22


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Solar farms are proliferating on undeveloped land, often harming ecosystems. But placing solar canopies on large parking lots offers a host of advantages — making use of land that is already cleared, producing electricity close to those who need it, and even shading cars.Read more on E360 →
78.  Former Coal Plant Site Being Transformed Into a '15-Minute City'  

2021-11-22


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A decommissioned coal-fired power plant in a Toronto suburb will be developed into a small town with 8,000 housing units, as well as office buildings, shops, parks, and other amenities all within a 15-minute walking distance. Read more on E360 →
79.  No country has met welfare goals in past 30 years ‘without putting planet at risk’  

2021-11-24


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No country has managed to meet the basic social needs of its population in the past 30 years without putting undue pressure on the Earth’s supply of natural resources, according to a study. Read more on E360 →
80.  Nissan to Spend $18 Billion Developing a Cheaper, More Powerful EV Battery  

2021-11-29


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Over the next five years, Nissan Motor Company will put 2 trillion yen ($17.6 billion) toward developing a cheaper, more powerful battery to serve its expanded lineup of electric vehicles, the company announced Monday.Read more on E360 →
81.  Why the Luster on Once-Vaunted 'Smart Cities' Is Fading  

2021-12-01


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“Smart cities” built from scratch have so far failed to live up to their much-hyped promise. Some critics argue that rather than grafting a new city onto the landscape, it is better to integrate high-tech for clean, efficient energy and transportation into existing cities. Read more on E360 →
82.  U.S. Is World’s Top Generator of Plastic Waste  

2021-12-02


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The U.S. generates more plastic waste than any other country, producing roughly 287 pounds of plastic per person per year, according to a new congressional report.Read more on E360 →
83.  China 'Modified' Weather for Communist Party Celebration  

2021-12-06


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China used cloud seeding to generate rain and clear pollution ahead of the Communist Party's July 1 centenary celebration in Beijing, according to a new study.Read more on E360 →
84.  Embracing a Wetter Future, the Dutch Turn to Floating Homes  

2021-12-07


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Faced with worsening floods and a shortage of housing, the Netherlands is seeing growing interest in floating homes. These floating communities are inspiring more ambitious Dutch-led projects in flood-prone nations as far-flung as French Polynesia and the Maldives. Read more on E360 →
85.  Florida to Feed Starving Manatees, as Pollution Shrinks Food Supplies  

2021-12-08


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Wildlife officials in Florida will feed starving manatees, whose food supplies have dwindled as a result of marine pollution, Reuters reported. Such interventions are extremely rare, as conservationists are wary of making animals dependent on humans for food. Read more on E360 →
86.  Three Myths About Renewable Energy and the Grid, Debunked  

2021-12-09


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Renewable energy skeptics argue that because of their variability, wind and solar cannot be the foundation of a dependable electricity grid. But the expansion of renewables and new methods of energy management and storage can lead to a grid that is reliable and clean.Read more on E360 →
87.  California Readies Launch of Largest Food Waste Recycling Program in the U.S.  

2021-12-13


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Seeking to cut down on methane pollution from organic waste, California is launching a statewide food waste recycling program in January, the largest such initiative in the United States, the Los Angeles Times reported.Read more on E360 →
88.  Protecting Earth: If ‘Nature Needs Half,’ What Do People Need?  

2021-12-14


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The campaign to preserve half the Earth’s surface is being criticized for failing to take account of global inequality and human needs. But such protection is essential not just for nature, but also for creating a world that can improve the lives of the poor and disadvantaged.Read more on E360 →
89.  Denmark Invests in Carbon Capture as It Phases Out Offshore Drilling  

2021-12-15


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Having banned oil exploration in its territorial waters, Denmark is investing $2.4 billion into a plan to capture CO2 from the energy and industrial sectors and inject it into the seabed in geological formations that previously held oil and gas deposits.Read more on E360 →
90.  The Twelve Days of Christmas Have Grown More Than 8 Degrees F Warmer in Parts of the U.S.  

2021-12-17


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The Twelve Days of Christmas, which last from December 25 through January 5, have grown warmer in 97 percent of the U.S., according to a new analysis from Climate Central that evaluated temperature trends across 246 locations since 1969. Read more on E360 →
91.  Can Synthetic Palm Oil Help Save the World’s Tropical Forests?  

2022-01-05


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Numerous startups are creating synthetic palm oil in the lab, hoping to slow the loss of tropical forests to oil palm cultivation. But palm oil is the most widely used vegetable oil, and producing a synthetic version on a large scale remains a daunting challenge. Read more on E360 →