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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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Stark Differences in Climate Impacts Between 1.5 and 2 Degrees of Warming

Fri, 2018-03-16 14:32

A difference of just half a degree of global warming, from 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius, would mean that an additional 5 million people worldwide will have the land where their homes are located be permanently submerged underwater, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

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U.S. Continues to Fight Climate Change Internationally, Despite Trump’s Statements

Thu, 2018-03-15 14:41

President Trump has been a vocal opponent of government-led efforts to combat climate change. But despite his rhetoric at home, reporting by Reuters finds that U.S. officials, from the State Department to federal agencies to government scientists, “remain active participants in international efforts to both research and fight climate change.”

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On the Louisiana Coast, A Native Community Sinks Slowly into the Sea

Thu, 2018-03-15 05:00

The Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians of southern Louisiana have been called America’s first climate refugees. But two years after receiving federal funding to move to higher ground, the tribe is stuck in limbo, waiting for new homes as the water inches closer to their doors.

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U.S. Scientists Begin Tracking Local Sea Level Rise in Annual Report Cards

Tue, 2018-03-13 12:23

Scientists have launched a new initiative to create annual “report cards” on sea level rise at 32 localities along the U.S. coast, from Maine to Alaska. The reports, which will be updated each January, will use tide-gauge data to track yearly rise at each site, provide revised region-specific projections through 2050, and explain the processes affecting local sea-level change.  

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How Climate Activists Failed to Make Clear the Problem with Natural Gas

Tue, 2018-03-13 05:00

The climate movement’s biggest failure has been its inability to successfully make the case that natural gas is not a clean replacement for other fossil fuels. So as natural gas has boomed, U.S. emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, have increased dramatically. 

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Decade-Long Study Helps 21 Million Chinese Farmers Cut Fertilizer Use

Mon, 2018-03-12 14:08

Millions of Chinese farmers have cut fertilizer use, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and increased crop yields after adopting new region-specific management practices, according to a 10-year study published recently in the journal Nature

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Unchecked Global Warming Would Have "Catastrophic" Effect on Global Fisheries

Fri, 2018-03-09 15:01

If climate change continues unchecked, fisheries production could decline by as much as 60 percent in parts of the world’s oceans in the coming centuries, according to a new study published in the journal Science, threatening food and economic security.

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U.S. Energy Secretary Calls Reducing Fossil Fuel Use "Immoral"

Thu, 2018-03-08 14:28

Speaking at an energy conference in Texas, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry called international efforts to slash fossil fuel use “immoral,” arguing that the shift threatens economic progress in developing nations and keeps people in poverty, according to reporting from the Houston Chronicle.

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How Air Pollution Has Put a Brake on Global Warming

Thu, 2018-03-08 05:00

In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Norwegian climate scientist Bjørn H. Samset talks about the results of his team’s recent research showing that aerosols linked to human activities cool the planet far more than previously believed.

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Britain's CO2 Emissions Have Fallen to Levels Last Seen in 1890

Wed, 2018-03-07 13:14

Driven by a rapid decline in coal use, the United Kingdom’s greenhouse gas emissions fell to 388 million tons of CO2 in 2017 — a level last seen in 1890, when the country’s population was nearly half the size it is now, according to an analysis of energy use figures by Carbon Brief.

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Urban Heat: Can White Roofs Help Cool World's Warming Cities?

Wed, 2018-03-07 06:12

It has long been known that installing white roofs helps reduce heat buildup in cities. But new research indicates that making surfaces more light-reflecting can have a significant impact on lowering extreme temperatures – not just in cities, but in rural areas as well. 

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41 Million Americans Live in Flood Zones -Three Times the FEMA Estimate, Finds New Study

Mon, 2018-03-05 12:53

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimates that 13 million Americans currently live within a 100-year flood zone, areas with a 1 percent chance of flooding in any given year. But a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters argues the real number of people exposed to flood risk is about 41 million — more than three times FEMA’s estimate.

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