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Lyft Announces Carbon Offset Program, Saying It Will Make All Rides Carbon Neutral

Thu, 2018-04-19 12:39

The ride-hailing app Lyft, whose 1.4 million drivers shuttle passengers over a billion miles annually, has announced it will start offsetting the emissions from its network of cars by investing in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as renewable energy and reforestation initiatives, Reuters reported.

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Can ‘Vaccines’ for Crops Help Cut Pesticide Use and Boost Yields?

Thu, 2018-04-19 05:00

Researchers are using gene editing to develop biodegradable vaccines that protect crops from pathogens. As the world looks to feed more and more people, this and other emerging technologies hold promise for producing more food without using chemical pesticides. 

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Americans Who Accept Climate Change Outnumber Those Who Don’t 5 to 1

Wed, 2018-04-18 14:44

Seventy percent of Americans now accept that climate change is happening, outnumbering those who don’t by a 5 to 1 ratio, according to a new survey by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. More than half of those surveyed, 58 percent, said they also understand global warming is caused mostly by human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels.

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What Extremely Warm Winters Mean for the Future of the Arctic

Wed, 2018-04-18 05:00

In an interview with Yale Environment 360, polar scientist Mark Serreze talks about the rapid changes he has witnessed over more than three decades of working in the Arctic and the future stability of the region if temperatures continue to climb.

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Court Rules Poland Broke EU Law with Logging in Ancient Forest

Tue, 2018-04-17 12:53

Poland violated environmental laws when it allowed large-scale logging in the ancient Białowieża forest, according to a new ruling by the European Union’s highest court, Reuters reported. The Białowieża is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the last remnants of a primeval forest that once stretched across the European continent.

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How a ‘Toxic Cocktail’ Is Posing a Troubling Health Risk in China’s Cities

Tue, 2018-04-17 05:00

A recent study in Chinese cities found a potential link between a hazardous mix of air pollutants and death rates. These findings point to the need for a new approach to assessing the dangers of urban smog in fast-industrializing parts of the developing world. 

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World’s First Electrified Road Opens in Sweden

Fri, 2018-04-13 13:53

The world’s first electrified road — which charges the batteries of electric cars and trucks as they drive over it — has opened near Stockholm, Sweden. The road stretches 1.2 miles and is part of a government-led plan to electrify nearly 12,500 miles of streets and highways across the country, The Guardian reported.

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End of the Road: Are Diesel Cars on the Way Out in Europe?

Thu, 2018-04-12 05:00

A small environmental organization has taken on Germany’s powerful auto industry in court and has begun winning limited bans on heavily polluting diesel vehicles. Some analysts say this may be the beginning of the end for diesel automobiles in Germany and the European Union.


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A North American Climate Boundary Has Shifted 140 Miles East Due to Global Warming

Wed, 2018-04-11 14:16

In the late 1800s, geologist and explorer John Wesley Powell first described a clear boundary running longitudinally through North America along the 100th meridian west that visibly separated the humid eastern part of the continent from the more arid western plains. Now, 140 years later, scientists have confirmed that such a sharp climatic boundary exists and that it is slowly shifting east due to climate change — a change that scientists say could have significant implications on farming in the region.

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Six Killed in Virunga National Park’s Deadliest Attack To Date

Tue, 2018-04-10 14:33

Five park rangers and a driver working in Virunga National Park were killed this week in an attack by suspected members of an armed militia group. A sixth ranger was injured, but is expected to survive, The Guardian reported. The assault is deadliest attack on rangers in the history of the reserve, known as one of the most dangerous conservation sites in the world. 

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U.S. Agencies Agree to Shorten Environmental Reviews for New Infrastructure

Mon, 2018-04-09 12:56

A dozen U.S. agencies have agreed to cut the time needed to do environmental reviews on new infrastructure projects, the Trump administration announced. The memorandum fulfills the administration’s pledge to speed up the permitting process for new development.

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Why Green Groups Are Split on Subsidizing Carbon Capture Technology

Mon, 2018-04-09 05:00

Environmentalists are divided over a provision in the recently approved U.S. budget that increases tax credits for projects that capture and store CO2. Critics say new subsidies for “enhanced oil recovery” included in the budget bill would simply encourage companies to pump more oil.

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