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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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Why Does Green California Pump the Dirtiest Oil in the U.S.?

7 hours 57 min ago

California may be a leader in climate policies, but much of its abundant oil reserves are nearly as carbon-intensive to extract and refine as Alberta tar sands crude. Many experts now say that reform of the state’s methods of producing oil is long overdue.

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Regreening the Planet Could Account for One-Third of Climate Mitigation

Tue, 2017-10-17 14:29

Planting trees, restoring peatlands, and better land management could provide 37 percent of the greenhouse gas mitigation needed between now and 2030 to keep global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to a new study published in the Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences.

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How Big Water Projects Helped Trigger Africa's Migrant Crisis

Tue, 2017-10-17 06:00

Major dam and irrigation projects are drying up the wetlands that sustain life in the arid Sahel region of Africa. The result has been a wave of environmental refugees, as thousands of people flee, many on boats to Europe.

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Americans Are Willing to Pay $177 Annually for Carbon Tax, Survey Finds

Mon, 2017-10-16 13:39

A new survey of more than 1,200 American adults found that households were willing to pay an average $177 per year on a “tax on fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) to help reduce global warming.” This equals a 14.4 percent increase in energy cost compared to current electricity rates in each state. 

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Paris to Ban Fossil Fuel Cars by 2030

Thu, 2017-10-12 15:22

Paris announced it will ban all gas- and diesel-fueled cars within city limits by 2030, allowing only electric vehicles onto its streets, according to Reuters. The decision is the latest effort by the city to grapple with its intense smog and air pollution problem, as well as combat climate change. These concerns have already led Paris to impose temporary driving bans, no-car zones, and restrictions on cars older than 20 years.

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Beyond Biodiversity: A New Way of Looking at How Species Interconnect

Thu, 2017-10-12 06:00

In a development that has important implications for conservation, scientists are increasingly focusing not just on what species are present in an ecosystem, but on the roles that certain key species play in shaping their environment. 

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Living in Watersheds with More Trees Reduces Disease Risk

Wed, 2017-10-11 14:33

Diarrheal disease from contaminated water is the second leading cause of death among children under the age of five, claiming more than 360,000 lives annually. Now, a new study of children in 35 countries finds that those living in a watershed with more trees had a lower risk of contracting the illness.

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EPA Announces It Will Repeal Clean Power Plan

Mon, 2017-10-09 13:03

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it will take formal steps to repeal the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

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As Trump Retreats, States Are Stepping Up on Climate Action

Mon, 2017-10-09 06:00

Even as the U.S. abandons the Paris accord, individual states are forging ahead with initiatives to combat climate change. Now, a coalition of states – from California to Colorado to North Carolina – are joining forces to slash emissions and boost renewable energy.


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