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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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In the Heart of the Corn Belt, an Uphill Battle for Clean Water

9 hours 47 min ago

Runoff from farms and feedlots has badly polluted Iowa’s waterways, more than half of which do not meet federal quality standards. Now, an unlikely coalition is calling for stricter controls to clean up the drinking water sources for millions of the state’s residents.

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National Parks Hit Harder By Climate Change Than Rest of the U.S.

Mon, 2018-09-24 13:11

America’s national parks are warming up and drying out much faster than the rest of the United States, according to a new study on the impacts of climate change on U.S. parks published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The changing conditions are threatening protected ecosystems from the Everglades in Florida to Denali National Park in Alaska.

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Could Building Massive Seafloor Barriers Around Antarctica Help Slow Sea Level Rise?

Fri, 2018-09-21 12:46

Large-scale geoengineering projects that would involve building walls and berms along the seafloor could help stem the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and slow global sea level rise, two scientists contend in a new peer-reviewed study published in the journal The Cryosphere.

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Why We Must Save the Endangered Species Act from the Trump Administration

Thu, 2018-09-20 05:00

Urged on by the oil and gas industry, the Trump administration is moving to drastically weaken the Endangered Species Act. But the act, writes a former U.S. Interior Secretary, has saved hundreds of species that might now be extinct, while allowing for well-managed development. 

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New Jersey Wants to Build 1,100 Megawatts of Offshore Wind Capacity

Wed, 2018-09-19 11:36

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities is seeking proposals from developers to build 1,100 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind capacity, the largest single-state solicitation of its kind in the United States to date, according to Greentech Media. The order is the first step in New Jersey’s new goal to generate 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2050.

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The Ongoing Disgrace of South Africa’s Captive-Bred Lion Trade

Tue, 2018-09-18 05:00

An estimated 7,000 to 14,000 lions are held in captivity and bred in South Africa. Increasingly, the animals are slaughtered for their bones and other body parts, many of which are sold in Asia for their purported — and scientifically discredited — health benefits.

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World’s First Recycled Plastic Bike Path Opens in The Netherlands

Mon, 2018-09-17 14:40

A new 100-foot track in the Dutch city of Zwolle is the world’s first bike path made almost entirely out of recycled plastic, containing the equivalent of 218,000 plastic cups or 500,000 plastic bottle caps. The plastic road is the latest example of the growing shift among cities and businesses toward a circular economy, which requires reusing products and producing no waste.

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Cities’ Emissions Are Decreasing Even as Their Economies and Populations Grow

Fri, 2018-09-14 12:06

Twenty-seven cities across the globe, home to 54 million people, have already reached their peak greenhouse gas levels and are now seeing emissions fall an average 2 percent per year, according to C40 Cities, a coalition of local governments working to fulfill the Paris climate agreement. This downward trend is happening even as the cities’ economies grow an average of 3 percent per year, and their populations 1.4 percent per year.

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Hurricane Florence Expected to Drop 50 Percent More Rain Due to Climate Change

Thu, 2018-09-13 15:18

Hurricane Florence measures 50 miles wider and will drop 50 percent more rainfall on the U.S. East Coast than it would have without global warming, according to a new attribution study by a team of U.S. scientists. The research is the first to examine climate change’s impact on extreme weather before a storm hits, rather than in the weeks following a disaster.

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As Greenland Warms, Nature’s Seasonal Clock Is Thrown Off-Kilter

Thu, 2018-09-13 05:00

For millennia, ecosystems in Greenland and throughout the Arctic have been regulated by seasonal changes that govern the greening of vegetation and the migration and reproduction of animals. But a rapidly warming climate and disappearing sea ice are upending that finely tuned balance.

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