Source: Yale Environment 360

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Hundreds of U.S. Mayors Collectively Oppose Trump Reversal of Clean Power Plan

Mayors from 233 U.S. cities, representing more than 51 million Americans in 46 states and territories, have released a joint letter voicing their opposition of...   [ continue reading...]

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Michigan's Largest Utility to Stop Burning Coal By 2040

Michigan’s largest utility, Consumers Energy, has announced it will stop burning coal by 2040 in an effort to slash greenhouse gas emissions and combat cl...   [ continue reading...]

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Greenwashed Timber: How Sustainable Forest Certification Has Failed

The Forest Stewardship Council was established to create an international system for certifying sustainable wood. But critics say it has had minimal impact on t...   [ continue reading...]

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Tokyo Plans to Build 1,150-Foot Wooden Skyscraper

The Japanese wood products company Sumitomo Forestry Co. has announced plans to build a 350-meter (1,150-foot), 70-floor skyscraper out of wood in Tokyo. The pr...   [ continue reading...]

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Draft UN Report Says World Has Little Chance of Keeping Warming Below 1.5 Degrees

A leaked draft copy of a United Nations climate change report says there is a “very high risk” of the planet warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius,...   [ continue reading...]

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Dying Waters: India Struggles to Clean Up Its Polluted Urban Rivers

India’s booming population and rapidly expanding urban areas have exacted a huge toll on its rivers, which are badly polluted and choked by development. B...   [ continue reading...]

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As Ice Sheets Melt Faster, Sea Level Rise Is Accelerating Every Year

The melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets is speeding up the pace of sea level rise a little bit every year, according to a new analysis of satellit...   [ continue reading...]

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Iceland Could Use More Energy Mining Bitcoin Than Powering Homes in 2018

Iceland is expected to use more energy processing Bitcoin transactions in 2018 than it uses to power its homes, consuming some 840 gigawatt-hours of electricity...   [ continue reading...]

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In Defense of Biodiversity: Why Protecting Species from Extinction Matters

A number of biologists have recently made the argument that extinction is part of evolution and that saving species need not be a conservation priority. But thi...   [ continue reading...]

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EPA Fines Declined More than 70 Percent in 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency fined polluters $1.6 billion in penalties for breaking emissions rules in fiscal year 2017 — one-fifth of the $5.7 bil...   [ continue reading...]

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New Trump Administration Flood Standards Mirror Obama-Era Rules

Six months after President Trump revoked an Obama-era rule mandating that federally funded projects account for future sea level rise and flooding, the U.S. Dep...   [ continue reading...]

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Saudi Arabia Makes Big Push to Boost Domestic Renewable Energy

The world’s largest exporter of oil, Saudi Arabia, is shifting away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy. The country’s government plans to inv...   [ continue reading...]

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Can the World Find Solutions to the Nitrogen Pollution Crisis?

More and more nitrogen keeps pouring into waterways, unleashing algal blooms and creating dead zones. To prevent the problem from worsening, scientists warn, th...   [ continue reading...]

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Cape Town Residents Begin Stockpiling Water Ahead of Government Shutdown of Taps

Hundreds of residents in Cape Town, one of Africa’s largest economic and tourism hubs, are lining up nightly to stock up on water from natural springs ahe...   [ continue reading...]

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A Record Number of U.S. Scientists Are Running for Office in 2018

An unprecedented number of candidates with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math are running for United States office this year at both the...   [ continue reading...]

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Following Trump Decision, Mining Claims Now Open on Utah Public Lands

A decision by the Trump administration to withdraw federal protections from millions of acres of public land has taken effect, opening up parts of the Bears Ear...   [ continue reading...]

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In New Park, China Creates a Refuge for the Imperiled Siberian Tiger

As part of a new national park system, China is setting aside a vast territory that is home to small numbers of Siberian tigers and Amur leopards along the Russ...   [ continue reading...]

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For the First Time, Renewables Produce More Electricity in the EU Than Coal

Driven by rapid growth in renewable energy in the UK and Germany, the European Union generated more electricity last year from renewable sources of energy than...   [ continue reading...]

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Young Climate Activists Sue Colombian Government

More than two dozen young Colombians have filed a lawsuit against their government for its failure to curb deforestation, arguing it is violating their constitu...   [ continue reading...]

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Half of California’s Vegetation Is At Risk If Emissions Continue At Current Rates

If greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current levels, roughly half of California’s vegetation will become highly climatically stressed by the end...   [ continue reading...]

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