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Yale Environment 360
An online magazine offering reporting, analysis, and opinion on global environmental issues. Published at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
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Yale Environment 360 14h
Climate whiplash is impacting water quality in the Midwestern U.S. One study showed that the nitrogen fertilizers farmers applied stayed in the soil in a drought year. When a deluge hits — as it did in 2012-2013 — nitrogen levels spike in critical waters.
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Yale Environment 360 16h
Species richness can be misleading when trying to assess biodiversity: on mountains, as cold-loving species disappear from summits, more species move in from below. The number of species is the same, but the composition is fundamentally different.
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Yale Environment 360 19h
Nearly 30% of Peru’s glaciers have melted away since 2000, threatening a critical source of drinking water and irrigation for millions of people. Overall, the country lost nearly 8 gigatons of ice from 2000 to 2016, with 170 glaciers disappearing entirely.
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Yale Environment 360 22h
The creation of a snow leopard reserve led to the banning of all mining in one key habitat. When Mongolia is dependent on extractive industries, one activist’s achievement is astounding. She attributes it to the support of remote goat-herding communities.
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Yale Environment 360 Nov 17
A team of Swedish scientists have found a new way to break down plastic so that it can be recycled into material the same quality as the original. This could drastically reduce the amount of pollution that ends up in the world’s oceans.
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Yale Environment 360 Nov 17
Models predict that large parts of the Arctic will cross the acidification threshold as early as 2030. As the corrosive water spreads, it will spill into neighboring regions, where it could impact the ocean food web and threaten important fisheries.
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Yale Environment 360 Nov 16
Deforestation in the Amazon is dramatically raising local temperatures. The air over a farm is on average 5 degrees Celsius hotter than in the forested reserve over the fence. The difference rises to a staggering 10 degrees at the end of the dry season.
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Yale Environment 360 Nov 16
Soil moisture plays a central role in moderating temperature extremes. As climate change is dries out soils, there will be larger temperature variability, leading to extreme swings that will be most pronounced in places that are the least able to adapt.
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Yale Environment 360 Nov 16
“Plants are like the atmosphere’s straw, dominating how water flows from the land to the atmosphere.... The question we’re asking here is, how do the combined effects of carbon dioxide and warming change the size of that straw?”
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Yale Environment 360 Nov 16
Congress's open effort to wrest public lands away from the federal government has gone underground. There is a stealth battle underway as the Trump administration aggressively advances an agenda to remake U.S. policies toward public lands.
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Yale Environment 360 Nov 16
There is a new plan to turn the area around Fukushima into a hub of renewable energy. Japanese officials announced a new $2.7 billion project that will include 11 solar plants and 10 wind farms, built on abandoned or contaminated lands.
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Yale Environment 360 Nov 16
Scientists could use small audio devices put in nature to learn how human-generated sound and natural sounds interact to shape the ecosystem, helping scientists identify when some species might be in trouble because of human activity.
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Yale Environment 360 Nov 15
“We should stop thinking about biodiversity as if it were art in a museum. It is not static. We need to embrace change in biodiversity as the rule, not the exception.”
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Yale Environment 360 Nov 15
Entries for the and Young Writers contest are due tonight at 11:59PM EST! Submit your environmental essay and reporting stories here:
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Yale Environment 360 Nov 15
The is pushing forward with a policy that could limit the science the agency uses to underpin regulations, a change long sought by conservatives but derided by many scientists and public health experts. reports:
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Yale Environment 360 Nov 15
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Yale Environment 360 Nov 15
The European Investment Bank, the world’s largest development lender, announced it will no longer finance fossil fuel projects, starting in 2021.
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Yale Environment 360 Nov 15
In the future, climate whiplash could mean an intense drought year followed by record rains or swings between freezing and thawing that can kill buds on trees and reduce food availability. Managing for these swings hasn't been assessed yet.
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Yale Environment 360 Nov 14
Thinking about global species changes, researchers have debated whether species richness, the number of species in a place, is a useful measure of biodiversity. It implies that alien invaders are equal to native species, when that may be far from the case.
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Yale Environment 360 Nov 14
Wild swings from one weather extreme to another - called climate whiplash - are likely to increase as the world warms. The whiplash effect poses a different set of problems from climate change for humans and natural systems.
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