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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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Beetle Mania: The Nasty Insect That Is Killing the Trees of Johannesburg

7 hours 35 min ago

South Africa’s largest city proudly notes that it has one of the world’s largest urban forests. But an invasive insect has been killing Johannesburg’s trees by the tens of thousands, and baffled experts are scrambling to find ways to stop it.

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10 States Now Get At Least 20 Percent of Their Electricity from Solar and Wind

Mon, 2018-10-15 12:28

Solar and wind energy now generate more than 20 percent of electricity in 10 states, according to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Iowa is at the top of the list, with 37 percent of its electricity coming from wind and solar in 2017, followed by Kansas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota, all above 30 percent, PV Magazine reported.

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Bees Went Completely Silent During Last Year’s Total Solar Eclipse

Fri, 2018-10-12 15:32

As a strip of darkness fell across the continental United States during last year’s total solar eclipse, bees in the path of the rare celestial event went abruptly and completely silent for several minutes. The sudden halt in buzzing was caught by tiny microphones set up by more than 400 students, teachers, and volunteers in the path of the total eclipse as part of a massive citizen science experiment.

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Why the Current Hurricane Rating System Needs to Be Scrapped

Thu, 2018-10-11 05:00

For decades, hurricanes have been rated on a scale of 1 to 5 based solely on a storm’s wind speeds. But as recent hurricanes show, a tropical cyclone’s winds often tell us little about its real threats — coastal storm surge and precipitation-driven flooding.

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Trump Administration Moves to Lift Restrictions on Higher-Ethanol Fuels

Tue, 2018-10-09 13:19

President Donald Trump has announced a plan to allow the year-round sales of higher-ethanol blends of gasoline, recharging a longstanding debate over the pros and cons of biofuels ahead of the midterm elections, several news outlets reported. The new policy will also make changes to how renewable fuel credits are marketed and regulated.

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Conflicting Data: How Fast Is the World Losing its Forests?

Tue, 2018-10-09 05:00

The latest UN report on climate says reducing deforestation is crucial to slowing global warming. But researchers must first reconcile two contradictory sets of statistics on tree loss in order to determine whether promises made by nations to protect and restore forests are on target.

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Scientists Warn the World Must Immediately Rein in Emissions

Mon, 2018-10-08 11:30

Unless nations drastically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade, the world will exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius of global warming by mid-century, with significant threats to ecosystems and human civilization, according to a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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An Inside Look at How Trump Turned the EPA into an Industry Subsidiary

Thu, 2018-10-04 05:00

In an interview with Yale Environment 360, former EPA official Elizabeth Southerland discusses the hostile takeover of the EPA by the Trump administration and industry interests and explains why she is hopeful that the recent damage can be undone.

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European Parliament Approves 40 Percent Cut in CO2 Emissions from Cars, Vans

Wed, 2018-10-03 14:16

European lawmakers have approved a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from cars and vans by 40 percent by 2030, Reuters reported. Members of the European Parliament voted 389 to 239 in favor of the new target, which also sets a 20 percent reduction goal for 2025.

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Swiss Company Opens Its Third CO2-Capturing Site

Tue, 2018-10-02 14:14

ClimeWorks, a Swiss company working to commercialize carbon sequestration technology, has opened its third carbon dioxide capture site, located in Troia, Italy. The new plant will suck 150 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere every year — the equivalent of taking 32 cars off the road — and convert it to methane to be used in natural gas-powered trucks, Quartz reported.

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