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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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Private Investment Surges in Companies Working to Reduce Food Waste

11 hours 5 min ago

In the first 10 months of 2018, investors poured $125 million into U.S. companies whose mission is to prevent food from going to waste, according to a new report.

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Climate Solutions: Is It Possible to Remove Enough CO2 from the Air?

18 hours 9 min ago

A U.S. scientific panel reports that technologies that take CO2 out of the atmosphere could be a significant part of a strategy to mitigate global warming. In an e360 interview, Stephen Pacala, the panel’s chairman, discusses how these fast-developing technologies are becoming increasingly viable.

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Nearly 400,000 U.S. Homes Will Experience Chronic Flooding by 2050

Wed, 2018-11-14 12:29

Nearly 400,000 homes in the United States will be either permanently inundated by sea level rise or suffer chronic flooding from higher tides and storm surges by 2050 if nations fail to make significant cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new analysis by the real estate company Zillow and Climate Central. That number could grow to 2.5 million homes — worth $1.3 trillion, equal to 6 percent of the U.S. economy — by 2100 if emissions remain unchecked.

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Escalator to Extinction: Can Mountain Species Adapt to Climate Change?

Tue, 2018-11-13 05:00

A recent study showed that birds in the Andes were heading uphill to keep pace with warming temperatures and would soon run out of room. It’s the latest example of how species are on the move as they struggle to adapt to climate change.

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Scientists Create Energy-Producing “Bionic Mushroom”

Mon, 2018-11-12 13:17

A team of researchers from the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey have created a “bionic mushroom” that can produce electricity without using fossil fuels. The mushroom is covered in cyanobacteria, tiny organisms found across the globe that turn sunlight into electrical current.

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Neonicotinoids Impact Bees’ Nursing and Social Behaviors, Study Finds

Thu, 2018-11-08 14:00

Exposure to neonicotinoid compounds, the world’s most commonly used insecticides, directly impacts the social behavior of bumblebees, causing them to be less active and less likely to care for or feed larvae, according to a new study published in the journal Science.

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Why Brazil’s New President Poses an Unprecedented Threat to the Amazon

Thu, 2018-11-08 09:33

Newly elected Jair Bolsonaro, an authoritarian nationalist sometimes called the “tropical Trump,” has staked out an environmental agenda that would open the Amazon to widespread development, putting at risk a region that plays a vital role in stabilizing the global climate.

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Scientists Find Three-Species Hybrid Bird in Pennsylvania

Wed, 2018-11-07 13:42

Scientists have discovered a rare three-species hybrid bird living in Pennsylvania. The bird is the offspring of a hybrid warbler species and a warbler from an entirely different genus — a combination that has never been recorded before, according to a new study in the journal Biology Letters.

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A Record-Breaking Number of STEM Candidates Ran for Office This Year

Tue, 2018-11-06 14:11

More than 450 candidates with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math ran — or are still running — for federal, state, and local office this midterm election, according to CBS News. Forty-eight of those vied for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives; 18 made it through their primaries for Congress and are on the ballot this November, according to Science magazine.

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Is Warming Bringing a Wave of New Diseases to Arctic Wildlife?

Tue, 2018-11-06 05:00

Rapid warming and vanishing sea ice in the Arctic has enabled new species to spread northward, from killer whales to white-tailed deer. Scientists are increasingly concerned that some of these new arrivals may be bringing rare pathogens that could disrupt the region’s fragile ecosystems.

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Wind Farms Can Act Like Apex Predators in Ecosystems, Study Finds

Mon, 2018-11-05 14:20

The impact of wind farms on flying species has been well documented, with turbines reducing the number of birds and bats in an area and disrupting migration routes. But a new study finds that the impacts of turbines are more far-reaching than previously thought, acting almost like a new apex predator in an ecosystem.

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Mongolia Secures Funding for Major Wind and Solar Project

Fri, 2018-11-02 14:47

Mongolia has secured funding from the Asian Development Bank and other sources to build a 41-megawatt distributed renewable energy system that will provide clean electricity to about 260,000 people living in remote areas in the western part of the country, according to CNBC.

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