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New Study Pushes Back Deadline to Act to Limit Warming to 1.5 Degrees

A new study suggests that nations have a bit more time than previously thought if they want to cut greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming to 1.5 degr...   [ continue reading...]

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Small Pests, Big Problems: The Global Spread of Bark Beetles

Warming temperatures are fueling the expansion of pine and spruce beetle outbreaks across North America, Europe, and Siberia, ravaging tens of thousands of squa...   [ continue reading...]

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Rebuilding from 2011 Earthquake, Japanese Towns Choose to Go Off the Grid

Many of the cities in northern Japan damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami are building back their electric grids with renewable energy and micro-grids &md...   [ continue reading...]

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Satellites that Measure Ice Loss to Go Dark

The twin satellites that have been critical in measuring the world’s melting ice sheets for 15 years will soon shut down — months before their repla...   [ continue reading...]

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In a Stunning Turnaround, Britain Moves to End the Burning of Coal

Britain is phasing out its coal-burning power plants, with the last one slated to be shuttered by 2025, if not sooner. It is a startling development for the nat...   [ continue reading...]

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Several Once-Abundant Species Listed as Endangered by IUCN

Six of the most abundant species of ash trees in North America are on the brink of extinction, decimated by an invasive beetle, the emerald ash borer, according...   [ continue reading...]

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In Africa’s Oldest Park, Seeking Solutions to a Destructive Charcoal Trade

Virunga National Park, home to the world’s largest population of mountain gorillas, is plagued by deforestation linked to the production of charcoal for c...   [ continue reading...]

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Cost of U.S. Solar Drops 75 percent in Six Years, Ahead of Federal Goal

The Trump administration has announced that a federal goal to slash the cost of utility-scale solar energy to 6 cents per kilowatt-hour by 2020 has been met ear...   [ continue reading...]

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Latin America Could Lose Up to 90 Percent of its Coffee-Growing Land by 2050

Studies have previously estimated that the amount of land worldwide suitable for growing coffee could shrink by an estimated 50 percent by 2050 as global temper...   [ continue reading...]

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Taking the Long View: The 'Forever Legacy' of Climate Change

The geological record shows that unless humanity begins rapidly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, we will be locking in drastic changes in the climate and sea...   [ continue reading...]

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Historical Nautical Maps Show Loss of Coral Reefs

Scientists have used detailed nautical maps created by British sailors in the 1700s to study more than two centuries of coral loss in the Florida Keys. They fou...   [ continue reading...]

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As Hurricane Irma Hits the Caribbean, Two More Storms Take Shape in the Atlantic Basin

While Hurricane Irma moves through the Caribbean islands toward South Florida with sustained winds of 185 miles per hour, forecasters are warning that two other...   [ continue reading...]

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Urban Trees Save Megacities $500 Million a Year

Trees in urban areas save megacities more than $500 million a year in public health costs, energy expenses, and environmental protection, according to a recent...   [ continue reading...]

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As Harvey’s Floodwaters Recede, How Should Houston Rebuild?

Tropical Storm Harvey is the third major flood in southeast Texas in three years. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, flood expert Philip Bedient says th...   [ continue reading...]

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Unnatural Surveillance: How Online Data Is Putting Species at Risk

The rapid growth of digital data has been a boon to researchers and conservationists. But experts are warning of a dark side: Poachers can use computers and sma...   [ continue reading...]

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What Happens to the Antarctic Ocean with 1 Degrees Celsius of Warming?

Scientists have discovered “massive impacts” on marine life in the Antarctic Ocean when waters are warmed by 1 degree Celsius, including a doubling...   [ continue reading...]

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Scientists Warn of Toxins in Texas Floodwaters from Superfund Sites

Houston has been a hub of the petroleum and chemical industries for decades, leaving behind a landscape pocked with Superfund sites and other highly contaminate...   [ continue reading...]

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Utilities Grapple with Rooftop Solar and the New Energy Landscape

The emerging U.S. rooftop solar industry is often portrayed as the victim in a struggle with fossil-fuel-friendly utilities. But the reality is more complex, as...   [ continue reading...]

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Climate Change Could Cause Fish to Shrink in Size

In the coming decades, warming ocean temperatures could stunt the growth of fish by as much as 30 percent, according to a new study in the journal Global Change...   [ continue reading...]

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Texas Continues to Grapple with Intense Flooding as Tropical Storm Harvey Lingers in the Gulf

Texas’ Gulf Coast was crippled over the weekend by catastrophic flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey, which dumped as much as 30 inches of rain on some par...   [ continue reading...]

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