The decades-long federal program to clean up Chesapeake Bay is showing signs of success and is supported by politicians of both parties. So why is the Trump administration seeking to eliminate funding for it?
The abrupt change in direction of a Yukon river because of a rapidly melting glacier has attracted international attention. But this bizarre development is just one of many climate-driven events that are transforming a vast sub-Arctic area of Canada and Alaska.
With its burgeoning economy producing vast quantities of garbage, China is turning to new facilities that burn solid waste to produce electricity. But local citizens are increasingly protesting these incinerators, fearful that they emit toxic pollutants.
After years of positive signs, deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon is on the rise, with a sharp increase in 2016. As powerful economic forces push for development, the government must take steps to protect the world’s largest rain forest.
Liana and other vines are proliferating in the rainforests of Central and South America, and their spread is impeding the ability of trees to sequester carbon dioxide. Now, researchers are trying to determine the impact of this phenomenon on climate change.
A survey of 12,000 adults and children in the United States has shown that many people have lost a close connection with nature, although a wide cross-section of respondents expressed a desire to close that gap. More about U.S. Study Shows Widening Disconnect with Nature, and Potential Solutions →
If all of India’s 370 planned coal-fired power plants are built in the coming decades, the CO2 emissions from those additional facilities would almost single-handedly scuttle efforts to hold global temperature increases to 1.5–degrees C below pre-industrial levels, according to a new study. More about India’s Proposed Coal Plants Alone Would Threaten the 1.5-C Target →
The U.K. government is launching a £8.6 million ($11 million) research effort into developing technologies to remove carbon dioxide and methane from the atmosphere. It is believed to be the world’s first government-funded research program devoted exclusively to developing so-called “negative emissions” technologies on a large scale, which many scientists increasingly believe will be necessary to avoid runaway global warming. More about UK Launches Research Program into CO2 Capture Technologies →
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A Death in Pondoland
The murder of activist Sikhosiphi Rhadebe has not stopped communities in South Africa’s Pondoland region from opposing plans for a major titanium mine. What’s at stake are ecologically important lands – and, for the villagers, a way of life. Third in a series.
Biologists are developing a deeper understanding of how the terror felt by prey creates a major — and greatly under-appreciated — behavioral dynamic that ripples through all kinds of ecosystems.
Scientists are reporting the second mass bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef in the last year. In a Yale Environment 360 interview, researcher Terry Hughes says these events have damaged two-thirds of the world’s largest coral reef and are directly caused by global warming.
In a Yale Environment 360 interview, researcher Kevin Trenberth talks about why climate scientists need to speak out in the face of the Trump administration’s denial of the facts about climate change.