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Yale Environment 360 is an online magazine offering opinion, analysis, reporting, and debate on global environmental issues.
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Investors Warn of Severe Financial Crash If Climate Action Isn’t Taken

7 hours 7 min ago

A group of more than 400 investors managing $32 trillion in assets warned governments to take more aggressive steps to address climate change or risk a financial crash several times worse than the 2008 global recession, The Guardian reported.

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Can Artificial Intelligence Help Build Better, Smarter Climate Models?

12 hours 5 min ago

Researchers have been frustrated by the variability of computer models in predicting the earth’s climate future. Now, some scientists are trying to utilize the latest advances in artificial intelligence to focus in on clouds and other factors that may provide a clearer view.

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Coastal Warning: An Unwelcome Messenger on the Risks of Rising Seas

Thu, 2018-12-06 06:37

Marine scientist Orrin Pilkey has long been cautioning about sea level rise and the folly of building and rebuilding along coastlines. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, he talks about why an eventual retreat from oceanfront property on the U.S. coast is inevitable.

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Greenland Ice Sheet Melting At Fastest Rate in 350 Years

Wed, 2018-12-05 14:31

The Greenland ice sheet is melting faster today than at any point in the last 350 years, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. The research is the first continuous, multi-century analysis of melting and runoff on the ice sheet, one of the largest drivers of sea level rise globally.

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The World Bank Announces $200 Billion in Funding for Climate Action

Tue, 2018-12-04 16:03

The World Bank, one of the largest funding sources for developing countries, announced it will invest about $200 billion in climate adaptation and resiliency projects between 2021 and 2025. The new figure is double the bank’s previous five-year investment in climate action.

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California’s 2018 Wildfires Have Emitted A Year’s Worth of Power Pollution

Mon, 2018-12-03 12:45

California’s record-breaking 2018 wildfire season has released emissions equivalent to about 68 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere – equal to the emissions produced from generating one year’s worth of electricity in the state, or about 15 percent of California’s total annual emissions, according to a new statement by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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Sparing vs Sharing: The Great Debate Over How to Protect Nature

Mon, 2018-12-03 05:00

What is the best way to save nature – to cordon off areas for parks and open space or to integrate conservation measures on working lands? Recent research makes a case for each of these approaches and has reignited a long-standing debate among scientists and conservationists.

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Developing Countries Are Now Leading the World’s Clean Energy Transformation

Fri, 2018-11-30 12:00

The majority of the world’s new zero-carbon power capacity was built in developing countries last year, with these nations installing 94 gigawatts of wind and solar and 20 gigawatts of nuclear and hydropower. In comparison, wealthier nations added just 63 gigawatts of zero-carbon energy over the same period, according to the energy research group BNEF.

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Very Hot and Very Dry Conditions Have Doubled Worldwide, Study Finds

Thu, 2018-11-29 15:19

The chance of having years that are both extremely warm and extremely dry — conditions that pose a serious threat to agricultural systems — has doubled around the globe since 1931, according to a new study published in the journal Science Advances. The research attributes this change almost entirely to human-driven climate change.

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From High Above, A New Way of Seeing Our Urban Planet

Thu, 2018-11-29 09:26

The world’s cities are expected to grow by another 2.5 billion people by 2050. A new collection of satellite images starkly illustrates the sheer size and imprint of the world’s urban centers and their vulnerability in the face of population growth and climate change.

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Bipartisan Group of Legislators Announce New Carbon Tax Bill

Wed, 2018-11-28 11:28

A bipartisan group of lawmakers from Florida, Pennsylvania, and Maryland have announced a new bill that would charge fossil fuel companies a fee on each ton of carbon dioxide they emit. The legislation would be the first bipartisan carbon tax legislation introduced in Congress in a decade, The Hill reported.

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After a Long Boom, An Uncertain Future for Big Dam Projects

Tue, 2018-11-27 09:04

The rise of wind and solar power, coupled with the increasing social, environmental and financial costs of hydropower projects, could spell the end of an era of big dams. But even anti-dam activists say it’s too early to declare the demise of large-scale hydro.

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