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17 Sep 2014

Peak to Peak: An Intimate Look at The Bighorn Sheep of the Rockies

The third-place winner of the Yale Environment 360 Video Contest focuses on a herd of bighorn sheep in Montana and features remarkable scenes of lambs as they gambol along the slopes of the northern Rockies. Produced by Jeremy Roberts, the video follows a field biologist as he monitors the sheep and talks about the possible impact of climate change on the animals’ future. READ MORE

08 Sep 2014

Can Carbon Capture Technology Be Part of the Climate Solution?

by DAVID BIELLO
Some scientists and analysts are touting carbon capture and storage as a necessary tool for avoiding catastrophic climate change. But critics of the technology regard it as simply another way of perpetuating a reliance on fossil fuels. READ MORE

04 Sep 2014

The Case for a Moratorium On Tar Sands Development

by ED STRUZIK
Ecologist Wendy Palen was one of a group of scientists who recently called for a moratorium on new development of Alberta’s tar sands. In a Yale Environment 360 interview, she talks about why Canada and the U.S. need to reconsider the tar sands as part of a long-term energy policy. READ MORE

25 Aug 2014

Mideast Water Wars: In Iraq, A Battle for Control of Water

by FRED PEARCE
Conflicts over water have long haunted the Middle East. Yet in the current fighting in Iraq, the major dams on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are seen not just as strategic targets but as powerful weapons of war. READ MORE

18 Aug 2014

A New Frontier for Fracking: Drilling Near the Arctic Circle

by ED STRUZIK
Hydraulic fracturing is about to move into the Canadian Arctic, with companies exploring the region's rich shale oil deposits. But many indigenous people and conservationists have serious concerns about the impact of fracking in more fragile northern environments. READ MORE

31 Jul 2014

Making Farm Animal Rights A Fundamental Green Issue

by MARC GUNTHER
As president of the Humane Society of the United States, Wayne Pacelle has pushed the animal welfare group into areas that directly impact the environment. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, he talks about how what we eat, how we raise our food, and how we treat farm animals are basic conservation issues. READ MORE

17 Jul 2014

Scientists Look for Causes of Baffling Die-Off of Sea Stars

by ERIC WAGNER
Sea stars on both coasts of North America are dying en masse from a disease that kills them in a matter of days. Researchers are looking at various pathogens that may be behind what is known as sea star wasting syndrome, but they suspect that a key contributing factor is warming ocean waters. READ MORE

10 Jul 2014

Loss of Snowpack and Glaciers In Rockies Poses Water Threat

by ED STRUZIK
From the Columbia River basin in the U.S. to the Prairie Provinces of Canada, scientists and policy makers are confronting a future in which the loss of snow and ice in the Rocky Mountains could imperil water supplies for agriculture, cities and towns, and hydropower production. READ MORE

02 Jul 2014

Where Will Earth Head After Its ‘Climate Departure’?

by DIANE TOOMEY
Will the planet reach a point where its climate is significantly different from what has existed throughout human history, and if so, when? In an interview with Yale Environment 360, biogeographer Camilo Mora talks about recent research on this disquieting issue and what it means for the coming decades. READ MORE

19 Jun 2014

Peak Coal: Why the Industry’s Dominance May Soon Be Over

by FRED PEARCE
The coal industry has achieved stunning growth in the last decade, largely due to increased demand in China. But big changes in China’s economy and its policies are expected to put an end to coal’s big boom. READ MORE

16 Jun 2014

Obama’s New Emission Rules: Will They Survive Challenges?

by MICHAEL B. GERRARD
The sweeping nature of President Obama’s proposed regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants is likely to open his initiative to serious legal challenges. To date, however, the courts have given the federal government wide latitude in regulating CO2 under the Clean Air Act. READ MORE

09 Jun 2014

How A Small College Launched Divestment from Fossil Fuels

by DIANE TOOMEY
Unity College in Maine was the first in the U.S. to divest all fossil fuel holdings from its endowment. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Unity president Stephen Mulkey talks about why he sees this groundbreaking move as an ethical decision and an extension of the college’s mission. READ MORE

05 Jun 2014

How Weeds Could Help Feed Billions in a Warming World

by LISA PALMER
Scientists in the U.S. and elsewhere are conducting intensive experiments to cross hardy weeds with food crops such as rice and wheat. Their goal is to make these staples more resilient as higher temperatures, drought, and elevated CO2 levels pose new threats to the world’s food supply. READ MORE

29 May 2014

On the Road to Green Energy, Germany Detours on Dirty Coal

by FRED PEARCE
While Germany continues to expand solar and wind power, the government’s decision to phase out nuclear energy means it must now rely heavily on the dirtiest form of coal, lignite, to generate electricity. The result is that after two decades of progress, the country’s CO2 emissions are rising. READ MORE

19 May 2014

A Blueprint to End Paralysis Over Global Action on Climate

by TIMOTHY E. WIRTH AND THOMAS A. DASCHLE
The international community should stop chasing the chimera of a binding treaty to limit CO2 emissions. Instead, it should pursue an approach that encourages countries to engage in a “race to the top” in low-carbon energy solutions. READ MORE

14 May 2014

Examining How Marine Life Might Adapt to Acidified Oceans

by ELIZABETH GROSSMAN
In an interview with Yale Environment 360, marine biologist Gretchen Hofmann discusses how well mollusks and other shell-building organisms might evolve to live in increasingly corrosive ocean conditions caused by soaring CO2 emissions. READ MORE

17 Apr 2014

UN Panel Looks to Renewables As the Key to Stabilizing Climate

by FRED PEARCE
In its latest report, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes a strong case for a sharp increase in low-carbon energy production, especially solar and wind, and provides hope that this transformation can occur in time to hold off the worst impacts of global warming. READ MORE

07 Apr 2014

On Fracking Front, A Push To Reduce Leaks of Methane

by ROGER REAL DROUIN
Scientists, engineers, and government regulators are increasingly turning their attention to solving one of the chief environmental problems associated with fracking for natural gas and oil – significant leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. READ MORE

03 Apr 2014

New Satellite Boosts Research On Global Rainfall and Climate

by NICOLA JONES
Although it may seem simple, measuring rainfall worldwide has proven to be a difficult job for scientists. But a recently launched satellite is set to change that, providing data that could help in understanding whether global rainfall really is increasing as the planet warms. READ MORE

31 Mar 2014

Scientists Focus on Polar Waters As Threat of Acidification Grows

by JO CHANDLER
A sophisticated and challenging experiment in Antarctica is the latest effort to study ocean acidification in the polar regions, where frigid waters are expected to feel most acutely the ecological impacts of acidic conditions not seen in millions of years. READ MORE

24 Mar 2014

UN Climate Report Is Cautious On Making Specific Predictions

by FRED PEARCE
The draft of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that the world faces serious risks from warming and that the poor are especially vulnerable. But it avoids the kinds of specific forecasts that have sparked controversy in the past. READ MORE

20 Mar 2014

Divestment Is No Substitute For Real Action on Climate Change

by ROBERT N. STAVINS
Having universities divest from fossil fuels is a feel-good measure that would do nothing to address the problem of global climate change. Instead, we should be focusing on efforts to push for strong government action. READ MORE

13 Mar 2014

In the Pastures of Colombia, Cows, Crops and Timber Coexist

by LISA PALMER
As an ambitious program in Colombia demonstrates, combining grazing and agriculture with tree cultivation can coax more food from each acre, boost farmers’ incomes, restore degraded landscapes, and make farmland more resilient to climate change. READ MORE

06 Mar 2014

Wendell Berry: A Strong Voice For Local Farming and the Land

by ROGER COHN
For six decades, writer Wendell Berry has spoken out in defense of local agriculture, rural communities, and the importance of caring for the land. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, he talks about his Kentucky farm, his activism, and why he remains hopeful for the future. READ MORE

04 Mar 2014

Soil as Carbon Storehouse: New Weapon in Climate Fight?

by JUDITH D. SCHWARTZ
The degradation of soils from unsustainable agriculture and other development has released billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere. But new research shows how effective land restoration could play a major role in sequestering CO2 and slowing climate change. READ MORE

24 Feb 2014

Is Weird Winter Weather Related to Climate Change?

by FRED PEARCE
Scientists are trying to understand if the unusual weather in the Northern Hemisphere this winter — from record heat in Alaska to unprecedented flooding in Britain — is linked to climate change. One thing seems clear: Shifts in the jet stream play a key role and could become even more disruptive as the world warms. READ MORE

10 Feb 2014

In Flood-Prone New Orleans, an Architect Makes Water His Ally

As these photographs and illustrations show, architect David Waggonner has decided that the best way to protect low-lying New Orleans is to think about water in an entirely different way. READ MORE

23 Jan 2014

Northern Mystery: Why Are Birds of the Arctic in Decline?

by ED STRUZIK
With some species of Arctic birds experiencing steep drops in population and their prey also undergoing marked shifts, scientists are working to understand what role climate change is playing in these unfolding ecological transformations. READ MORE

21 Jan 2014

As Uses of Biochar Expand, Climate Benefits Still Uncertain

by MARK HERTSGAARD
Research shows that biochar made from plant fodder and even chicken manure can be used to scrub mercury from power plant emissions and clean up polluted soil. The big question is whether biochar can be produced on a sufficiently large scale to slow or reverse global warming. READ MORE

14 Jan 2014

Greenpeace’s Kumi Naidoo on Russia and the Climate Struggle

by DIANE TOOMEY
In a Yale Environment 360 interview, the outspoken executive director of Greenpeace discusses why his organization’s activists braved imprisonment in Russia to stop Arctic oil drilling and what needs to be done to make a sharp turn away from fossil fuels and toward a green energy economy. READ MORE

09 Jan 2014

Solar Geoengineering: Weighing Costs of Blocking the Sun’s Rays

by NICOLA JONES
With prominent scientists now calling for experiments to test whether pumping sulfates into the atmosphere could safely counteract global warming, critics worry that the world community may be moving a step closer to deploying this controversial technology. READ MORE

02 Jan 2014

A Legal Call to Arms to Remedy Environmental and Climate Ills

by FEN MONTAIGNE
University of Oregon law professor Mary Wood says environmental laws in the United States are simply not working. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, she explains why she believes a new strategy and robust judicial intervention are needed to protect nature and the climate. READ MORE

19 Dec 2013

In Imperiled Forests of Borneo, A Rich Tropical Eden Endures

by WILLIAM LAURANCE
In Borneo's Danum Valley — one of the last, untouched forest reserves in a region ravaged by logging and oil palm cultivation — a team of international and Malaysian scientists is fighting to preserve an area of stunning biodiversity. READ MORE

18 Dec 2013

Documenting the Swift Change Wrought by Global Warming

by PETER ESSICK
Photographer Peter Essick has traveled the world documenting the causes and consequences of climate change. In a Yale Environment 360 photo essay, we present a gallery of images Essick took while on assignment in Antarctica, Greenland, and other far-flung locales. READ MORE

16 Dec 2013

Singapore Takes the Lead In Green Building in Asia

by MIKE IVES
By encouraging the adoption of innovative architectural design and energy-saving technologies, Singapore has emerged as a model of green building in Asia — an important development in a region that is urbanizing more rapidly than any other in the world. READ MORE

12 Dec 2013

In South Africa, Renewables Vie With the Political Power of Coal

by ADAM WELZ
Although coal has dominated the South African electricity sector for decades, the country’s abundant solar and wind resources offer a promising renewable energy alternative. But entrenched political interests connected to the ruling party are fighting to expand coal’s role in the national economy. READ MORE

26 Nov 2013

A North Atlantic Mystery: Case of the Missing Whales

by REBECCA KESSLER
Endangered North Atlantic right whales are disappearing from customary feeding grounds off the U.S. and Canadian coasts and appearing in large numbers in other locations, leaving scientists to wonder if shifts in climate may be behind the changes. READ MORE

11 Nov 2013

Using Ocean Robots to Unlock Mysteries of CO2 and the Seas

by TODD WOODY
Marine phytoplankton are vital in absorbing ever-increasing amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere. In a Yale Environment 360 interview, researcher Tracy Villareal explains how he is using remotely operated robots to better understand how this process mitigates climate change. READ MORE

31 Oct 2013

A Year After Sandy, The Wrong Policy on Rebuilding the Coast

by ROB YOUNG
One year after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the U.S. East Coast, the government is spending billions to replenish beaches that will only be swallowed again by rising seas and future storms. It’s time to develop coastal policies that take into account new climate realities. READ MORE

29 Oct 2013

A Key Mangrove Forest Faces Major Threat from a Coal Plant

by JEREMY HANCE
As Bangladesh makes a controversial turn to coal to produce electricity, the construction of a large coal-fired power plant is threatening the fragile ecosystem of the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest. READ MORE

24 Oct 2013

The Trillion-Ton Cap: Allocating The World's Carbon Emissions

by FRED PEARCE
The U.N. climate panel concluded last month that carbon emissions should be capped at a trillion tons, a total the world is rapidly approaching. Now comes the hard part: How will we decide how the remaining emissions are apportioned? READ MORE

21 Oct 2013

Rising Waters: How Fast and How Far Will Sea Levels Rise?

by NICOLA JONES
Although the latest U.N. climate report significantly increases its projections for sea level rise this century, some scientists warn even those estimates are overly conservative. But one thing is certain: Predicting sea level rise far into the future is a very tricky task. READ MORE

03 Oct 2013

Top Climate Scientists Assess Latest Report from U.N. Panel

Yale Environment 360 asked some leading climate scientists to discuss what they consider to be the most noteworthy or surprising findings in the recently released report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s working group on the physical science of a warming world. READ MORE

30 Sep 2013

Has the U.N. Climate Panel Now Outlived Its Usefulness?

by FRED PEARCE
Some scientists are saying the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is overly conservative and fails to mention some of the most worrisome possible scenarios. The panel, they contend, is no longer fulfilling its mission of informing policy makers of the risks of global warming. READ MORE

12 Sep 2013

Finding a Better Message on The Risks of Climate Change

by DIANE TOOMEY
To overcome polarization on the issue of climate change, Yale professor Dan Kahan says in an interview with e360, scientists and the media need to frame the science in ways that will resonate with the public. A message that makes people feel threatened, he says, simply will not be effective. READ MORE

15 Aug 2013

Scientists and Aid Experts Plan for a Warmer Future

by DIANE TOOMEY
Climate scientists and humanitarian relief workers need to collaborate far more closely to prepare for a future of increased extreme weather events. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Harvard University public health expert Jennifer Leaning analyszes the results of a meeting between these two very different factions. READ MORE

24 Jul 2013

Leaving Our Descendants A Whopping Rise in Sea Levels

by FEN MONTAIGNE
German scientist Anders Levermann and his colleagues have released research that warns of major sea level increases far into the future. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, he raises important questions about how much we really care about the world we will leave to those who come after us. READ MORE

22 Jul 2013

Forum: How Daring is Obama's New Climate Plan?

President Obama has unveiled a proposal to combat global warming that would, for the first time, regulate carbon dioxide emissions from all U.S. coal-fired power plants. Yale Environment 360 asked a group of experts to assess the president’s climate strategy. READ MORE

20 Jun 2013

Megadrought in U.S. Southwest: A Bad Omen for Forests Globally

by CAROLINE FRASER
Scientists studying a prolonged and severe drought in the southwestern U.S. say that extensive damage done to trees in that region portends what lies in store as other forests worldwide face rising temperatures, diminished rainfall, and devastating fires. READ MORE

13 Jun 2013

The Surprising Role of CO2 in Changes on the African Savanna

by ADAM WELZ
Recent studies show that many of the world’s savannas, including famed southern African landscapes, are experiencing significant change as rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere favor the growth of trees over grasslands. READ MORE

06 Jun 2013

As Extreme Weather Increases, Bangladesh Braces for the Worst

by BRIAN FAGAN
Scientists are predicting that warming conditions will bring more frequent and more intense extreme weather events. Their warnings hit home in densely populated Bangladesh, which historically has been hit by devastating sea surges and cyclones. READ MORE

14 May 2013

Son of Climate Science Pioneer Ponders A Sobering Milestone

by FEN MONTAIGNE
Climate scientist Ralph Keeling has followed in the footsteps of his father, who pioneered the measurement of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, the younger Keeling talks about the implications of crossing an alarming CO2 threshold this month. READ MORE

08 Apr 2013

Probing the Reasons Behind The Changing Pace of Warming

by FRED PEARCE
A consensus is emerging among scientists that the rate of global warming has slowed over the last decade. While they are still examining why, many researchers believe this phenomenon is linked to the heat being absorbed by the world’s oceans. READ MORE

02 Apr 2013

How Ontario Is Putting an End To Coal-Burning Power Plants

by KEITH SCHNEIDER
Ontario is on the verge of becoming the first industrial region in North America to eliminate all coal-fired electrical generation. Here’s how Canada’s most populous province did it — and what the U.S. and others can learn from it. READ MORE

18 Mar 2013

Can a Divestment Campaign Move the Fossil Fuel Industry?

by BROOKE JARVIS
U.S. climate activists have launched a movement to persuade universities, cities, and other groups to sell off their investments in fossil fuel companies. But while the financial impact of such divestment may be limited, the campaign could harm the companies in a critical sphere — public opinion. READ MORE

26 Feb 2013

In Tibet, Change Comes to the Once-Pristine Roof of the World

by GEORGE SCHALLER
Renowned biologist George Schaller has been traveling to the Tibetan Plateau for nearly three decades, studying its unique wildlife. But with climate change and overgrazing taking a toll on the landscape, he reports, scientists and the Chinese government are working to preserve one of the planet’s wildest places. READ MORE

14 Feb 2013

A Conservative Who Believes That Climate Change Is Real

by ROGER COHN
Republican Bob Inglis’ statement that he believed in human-caused climate change helped cost him his seat in Congress. In a Yale Environment 360 interview, Inglis explains why he is now trying to persuade his fellow conservatives that their principles can help save the planet. READ MORE

06 Feb 2013

Will Bold Steps Be Needed to Save Beleaguered Polar Bears?

by ED STRUZIK
In a new paper, the world’s leading polar bear scientists say the time has come to consider drastic measures to save these iconic animals, including supplemental feeding by humans during ice-free periods and relocating more southerly populations to the High Arctic. READ MORE

17 Jan 2013

Black Carbon and Warming: It’s Worse than We Thought

by CARL ZIMMER
A new study indicates soot, known as black carbon, plays a far greater role in global warming than previously believed and is second only to CO2 in the amount of heat it traps in the atmosphere. Reducing some forms of soot emissions — such as from diesel fuel and coal burning — could prove effective in slowing down the planet’s warming. READ MORE

14 Jan 2013

Should Polluting Nations Be Liable for Climate Damages?

by FRED PEARCE
An international agreement to study how to redress developing nations for damages from climate change illustrates how ineffective climate diplomacy has been over the last two decades. But this move may pave the way for future court suits against polluting countries and companies. READ MORE

07 Jan 2013

Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill Fails to Face Coastal Realities

by ROB YOUNG
As part of the sorely-needed aid package to help victims of Hurricane Sandy, Congress is also considering spending billions on ill-advised and environmentally damaging beach and coastal rebuilding projects that ignore the looming threats of rising seas and intensifying storms. READ MORE

17 Dec 2012

Too Big to Flood? Megacities Face Future of Major Storm Risk

by BRUCE STUTZ
As economic activity and populations continue to expand in coastal urban areas, particularly in Asia, hundreds of trillions of dollars of infrastructure, industrial and office buildings, and homes are increasingly at risk from intensifying storms and rising sea levels. READ MORE

13 Dec 2012

Creating Clouds in the Lab To Better Understand Climate

by RAE ELLEN BICHELL
Scientists are conducting a lab experiment to help solve a key riddle: the role of clouds in climate change. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, research leader Jasper Kirkby discusses the mysteries of clouds and why it’s important to know if clouds are contributing to global warming. READ MORE

10 Dec 2012

Without Congress, There’s Still a Path to U.S. Progress on Climate

by JOHN CAREY
Don’t expect the U.S. Congress to take any action on climate change in the next four years. But by continuing to use its regulatory authority and working with the states, the Obama administration can make significant progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE

21 Nov 2012

UN Climate Chief: Talks Are Making Slow, Steady Progress

by ELIZABETH KOLBERT
With a new round of climate negotiations about to get underway, Christiana Figueres, head of the United Nations climate organization, explains in a Yale Environment 360 interview why, despite the obstacles, she thinks the world community is slowly inching its way toward an agreement. READ MORE

12 Nov 2012

Will President Obama Seize Moment on Climate Change?

by WILLIAM BECKER
Climate change received scant attention in the election campaign. But with public concern about global warming growing in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, President Obama has an unprecedented opportunity to take bold action on climate and clean energy. READ MORE

08 Nov 2012

Forget the Kyoto Accord And Tax Carbon Consumption

by DIETER HELM
Given the failure of international climate negotiations, a tax on carbon consumption is the most effective way of lowering CO2 emissions. If nations are serious about addressing climate change, then they must pay for the carbon pollution caused by what they consume. READ MORE

06 Nov 2012

Battered New York City Looks For Ways to Hold Back the Sea

by BRUCE STUTZ
New York City had been gradually preparing for a world of rising seas and more powerful storms. But the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy is now forcing officials to consider spending billions of dollars on storm protection, including a network of surge barriers. READ MORE

01 Nov 2012

An Obsessive Quest to Document Earth’s Disappearing Glaciers

For the past six years, photographer James Balog has deployed dozens of time-lapse cameras around the world to chronicle one of the starkest examples of global warming — melting glaciers. In a Yale Environment 360 interview, Balog talks about his passion to capture these vanishing landscapes. READ MORE

01 Oct 2012

As Arctic Melts, Inuit Face Tensions with Outside World

by ED STRUZIK
With Arctic summer sea ice rapidly disappearing, the native Inuit of Canada are encountering not only unsettling changes in their subsistence way of life, but also a growing number of outsiders who will further transform their once-isolated homeland. READ MORE

13 Sep 2012

Beyond Big Dams: Turning to Grass Roots Solutions on Water

by FRED PEARCE
Mega-dams and massive government-run irrigation projects are not the key to meeting world’s water needs, a growing number of experts now say. For developing nations, the answer may lie in small-scale measures such as inexpensive water pumps and other readily available equipment. READ MORE

10 Sep 2012

At Edge of Peruvian Andes, Tracking Impacts of Warming

by ELIZABETH KOLBERT
The Andes in eastern Peru, with steep slopes and remarkable biodiversity, are what one scientist calls a “perfect laboratory” for studying the effects of climate change. E360 contributor Elizabeth Kolbert trekked there with researchers seeking to determine if tree populations can move uphill fast enough to survive warming temperatures. READ MORE

04 Sep 2012

A Summer of Extremes Signifies the New Normal

by BILL MCKIBBEN
This summer has seen record heat waves and wildfires in the U.S, the worst flooding in Beijing’s modern history, and droughts that devastated the U.S. corn crop and led India to set up “refugee camps” for livestock. These extreme events were not freak occurrences — this is how the earth works now. READ MORE

30 Aug 2012

Arctic Tipping Point: A North Pole Without Ice

by FEN MONTAIGNE
Scientists say this year’s record declines in Arctic sea ice extent and volume are powerful evidence that the giant cap of ice at the top of the planet is on a trajectory to largely disappear in summer within a decade or two, with profound global consequences. READ MORE

20 Aug 2012

Gauging the Impact of Warming On Asia’s Life-Giving Monsoons

by CHRISTINA LARSON
In Mongolia, U.S. scientists are studying climate clues in ancient tree rings to help answer a crucial question: How will global warming affect Asia’s monsoon rains, which supply water for agriculture and drinking to half the world’s population? READ MORE

10 Jul 2012

Cooling a Warming Planet: A Global Air Conditioning Surge

by STAN COX
The U.S. has long used more energy for air conditioning than all other nations combined. But as demand increases in the world’s warmer regions, global energy consumption for air conditioning is expected to continue to rise dramatically and could have a major impact on climate change. READ MORE

18 Jun 2012

Shoot the Messenger: Carolina’s Costly Mistake on Sea Level Rise

by ROB YOUNG
The North Carolina Senate has approved legislation that would prohibit the state from considering projected sea level increases in its coastal management strategy. But a scientist involved in the debate argues that ignoring these projections will wind up costing North Carolina — and the rest of the U.S. — far more. READ MORE

11 Jun 2012

An Influential Global Voice Warns of Runaway Emissions

by FEN MONTAIGNE
Few international figures have been as consistent in warning about the threat posed by global warming as economist Fatih Birol, of the International Energy Agency. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Birol explains why the situation is worsening and what needs to be done to significantly slow emissions. READ MORE

07 May 2012

Could a Changing Climate Set Off Volcanoes and Quakes?

by FRED PEARCE
A British scientist argues that global warming could lead to a future of more intense volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. And while some dismiss his views as preposterous, he points to a body of recent research that shows a troubling link between climate change and the Earth’s most destructive geological events. READ MORE

23 Apr 2012

Insurance Companies Face Increased Risks from Warming

by BEN SCHILLER
If the damages related to climate change mount in the coming decades, insurance companies may face the prospect of paying larger disaster claims and being dragged into global warming lawsuits. But many firms, especially in the U.S., have barely begun to confront the risks. READ MORE

12 Apr 2012

Besieged by Climate Deniers, A Scientist Decides to Fight Back

by MICHAEL E. MANN
Climate scientist Michael Mann, who has faced years of attacks from climate-change skeptics, explains why he believes bad-faith assaults on science have no place in a functioning democracy and why the truth about global warming will inevitably gain wide acceptance. READ MORE

02 Apr 2012

Bill McKibben on Keystone, Congress, and Big-Oil Money

by ELIZABETH KOLBERT
Author/activist Bill McKibben says environmentalists cannot ease up after their recent victory in the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline. In a conversation with Yale Environment 360 contributor Elizabeth Kolbert, he talks about what he’s learned about the power of the fossil fuel industry — and why the battle over Keystone is far from over. READ MORE

12 Mar 2012

Innovation is Not Enough: Why Polluters Must Pay

by GERNOT WAGNER
Innovative energy technologies are certainly essential if the world is to curb carbon emissions. But in response to a recent e360 article by the co-founders of the Breakthrough Institute, an economist argues we must also cap emissions or put a price on carbon in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. READ MORE

08 Mar 2012

California Takes the Lead With New Green Initiatives

by MARK HERTSGAARD
Long ahead of the rest of the U.S. on environmental policy, California is taking bold steps to tackle climate change — from committing to dramatic reductions in emissions, to establishing a cap-and-trade system, to mandating an increase in zero-emission vehicles. The bottom line, say state officials, is to foster an economy where sustainability is profitable. READ MORE

05 Mar 2012

Linking Weird Weather to Rapid Warming of the Arctic

by JENNIFER FRANCIS
The loss of Arctic summer sea ice and the rapid warming of the Far North are altering the jet stream over North America, Europe, and Russia. Scientists are now just beginning to understand how these profound shifts may be increasing the likelihood of more persistent and extreme weather. READ MORE

27 Feb 2012

Beyond Cap and Trade, A New Path to Clean Energy

by TED NORDHAUS AND MICHAEL SHELLENBERGER
Putting a price and a binding cap on carbon is not the panacea that many thought it to be. The real road to cutting U.S. emissions, two iconoclastic environmentalists argue, is for the government to help fund the development of cleaner alternatives that are better and cheaper than natural gas. READ MORE

23 Feb 2012

Rethinking Carbon Dioxide: From a Pollutant to an Asset

by MARC GUNTHER
Three startup companies led by prominent scientists are working on new technologies to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The scientific community is skeptical, but these entrepreneurs believe the process of CO2 removal can eventually be profitable and help cool an overheating planet. READ MORE

09 Feb 2012

On the Road Back to Rio, Green Direction Has Been Lost

by FRED PEARCE
Twenty years ago, an historic environmental summit in Rio de Janeiro produced groundbreaking treaties and high hopes that pressing issues would be addressed. But as organizers prepare for the Rio+20 conference in June, there is little on the agenda to suggest any substantive action will be taken. READ MORE

08 Feb 2012

California’s ‘Clean Car’ Rules Help Remake U.S. Auto Industry

by PAUL ROGERS
With the passage of strict new auto emission and air pollution standards, California has again demonstrated its role as the U.S.’s environmental pacesetter. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, explains how her state is helping drive a clean-car revolution. READ MORE

12 Jan 2012

Florida Counties Band Together To Ready for Warming’s Effects

by MICHAEL D. LEMONICK
While U.S. action on climate change remains stalled, four south Florida counties have joined forces to plan for how to deal with the impacts — some of which are already being felt — of rising seas, higher temperatures, and more torrential rains. READ MORE

21 Dec 2011

A Development Expert Relies On the Resilience of Villagers

by KEITH KLOOR
Geographer Edward Carr has worked extensively in sub-Saharan Africa, where climate change and other environmental threats present a growing challenge. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Carr talks about why any outside aid to the developing world must build on the inherent capability of the local residents. READ MORE

19 Dec 2011

What Rising Temperatures May Mean for World’s Wine Industry

by JOHN MCQUAID
Warming temperatures associated with climate change are already affecting vineyards from France to Chile, often in beneficial ways. But as the world continues to warm, some traditional winemaking regions are scrambling to adapt, while other areas see themselves as new wine frontiers. READ MORE

15 Dec 2011

Can ‘Climate-Smart’ Agriculture Help Both Africa and the Planet?

by FRED PEARCE
One idea promoted at the Durban talks was “climate-smart agriculture," which could make crops less vulnerable to heat and drought and turn depleted soils into carbon sinks. The World Bank and African leaders are backing this new approach, but some critics are skeptical that it will benefit small-scale African farmers. READ MORE

12 Dec 2011

In Australia’s New Carbon Tax, A Host of Missed Opportunities

by RICHARD DENNISS
The Australian government will begin imposing a tax on carbon emissions in mid-2012. But large giveaways to industry mean Australia’s scheme doesn’t go nearly far enough in reducing the nation’s CO2 emissions or providing economic stimulus. READ MORE

07 Dec 2011

Exploring Humanity's Place In the Journey of the Universe

Mary Evelyn Tucker has been one of the innovators in the study of the connections between ecology and religion. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, she talks about her work and about a new film she co-produced that points to the spiritual dimension of responding to the world’s environmental challenges. READ MORE

03 Nov 2011

Can Vulnerable Species Outrun Climate Change?

by EMMA MARRIS
Recent studies shed light on the key question of whether certain species, including slow-moving amphibians, can move swiftly enough to new territories as their old habitats warm. The challenges are formidable, especially if human-caused warming continues at such a rapid rate. READ MORE

20 Oct 2011

The Ethical Dimension of Tackling Climate Change

by STEPHEN GARDINER
The global challenge of climate change poses a perfect moral storm — by failing to take action to rein in carbon emissions, the current generation is spreading the costs of its behavior far into the future. Why should people in the future pay to clean up our mess? READ MORE

19 Oct 2011

Britain’s Mark Lynas Riles His Green Movement Allies

by KEITH KLOOR
Activist Mark Lynas has alienated his green colleagues by renouncing long-held views and becoming an advocate for nuclear power and genetically modified crops. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, he explains why he rethought his positions and turned to technology for solutions. READ MORE

13 Oct 2011

Revisiting Population Growth: The Impact of Ecological Limits

by ROBERT ENGELMAN
Demographers are predicting that world population will climb to 10 billion later this century. But with the planet heating up and growing numbers of people putting increasing pressure on water and food supplies and on life-sustaining ecosystems, will this projected population boom turn into a bust? READ MORE

12 Oct 2011

Thinking the Unthinkable: Engineering Earth’s Climate

A U.S. panel has called for a concerted effort to study proposals to manipulate the climate to slow global warming — a heretical notion among some environmentalists. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Jane C. S. Long, the group’s chairwoman, explains why we need to know more about the possibilities and perils of geoengineering. READ MORE

25 Aug 2011

How to Find Common Ground In the Bitter Climate Debate

Even as the impacts of climate change intensify, many Americans remain confused by the issue. In an interview Yale Environment 360, climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe discusses what rising temperatures will mean for the U.S., how to talk with climate skeptics, and what she would say to Texas Gov. Rick Perry to prod him into action on global warming. READ MORE

01 Aug 2011

Probing the Role of the Sun In an Era of Global Warming

by MICHAEL D. LEMONICK
Some skeptics have suggested the real culprit behind rising temperatures is increased solar activity. But a wide variety of data and experiments still provide no solid evidence to refute the scientific consensus that greenhouse gas emissions are the major reason the planet is heating up. READ MORE

25 Jul 2011

Forum: Assessing Obama’s Record on the Environment

When Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, environmentalists were optimistic that their issues would finally become a priority at the White House. So how is Obama doing? Yale Environment 360 asked a group of environmentalists and energy experts for their verdicts on the president's performance. READ MORE

28 Jun 2011

A World Centered on Sea Ice Is Changing Swiftly at the Poles

by FEN MONTAIGNE
For eons, the polar marine food chain has been closely linked to the seasonal formation and retreat of sea ice. Now, as that ice rapidly melts in the Arctic and along the Antarctic Peninsula, this intricate web of life is undergoing major shifts, benefiting some creatures and putting others at risk. READ MORE

02 Jun 2011

Forum: Is Extreme Weather Linked to Global Warming?


In the past year, the world has seen a large number of extreme weather events, from the Russian heat wave last summer, to the severe flooding in Pakistan, to the recent tornadoes in the U.S. In a Yale Environment 360 forum, a panel of experts weighs in on whether the wild weather may be tied to increasing global temperatures. READ MORE

28 Apr 2011

Europe’s CO2 Trading Scheme: Is It Time for a Major Overhaul?

by BEN SCHILLER
Now in its seventh year, the EU’s carbon emissions trading system is the only international program designed to use market mechanisms to control CO2 emissions. But critics contend it has done little to slow the release of CO2 and argue that it should be significantly reformed — or scrapped. READ MORE

21 Apr 2011

What’s With the Weather? Is Climate Change to Blame?

by ALYSON KENWARD
One of the thorniest questions facing climate scientists is whether human-induced climate change is leading to more heat waves, floods, and extreme weather events. Now, employing increasingly sophisticated methods of studying weather extremes, climatologists say they are closer to answering that key question. READ MORE

17 Feb 2011

Climate’s Strong Fingerprint In Global Cholera Outbreaks

by SONIA SHAH
For decades, deadly outbreaks of cholera were attributed to the spread of disease through poor sanitation. But recent research demonstrates how closely cholera is tied to environmental and hydrological factors and to weather patterns — all of which may lead to more frequent cholera outbreaks as the world warms. READ MORE

14 Feb 2011

Arctic Roamers: The Move of Southern Species into Far North

by ED STRUZIK
Grizzly bears mating with polar bears. Red foxes out-competing Arctic foxes. Exotic diseases making their way into once-isolated polar realms. These are just some of the worrisome phenomena now occurring as Arctic temperatures soar and the Arctic Ocean, a once-impermeable barrier, melts. READ MORE

24 Jan 2011

Living in the Anthropocene: Toward a New Global Ethos

by PAUL J. CRUTZEN AND CHRISTIAN SCHWäGERL
A decade ago, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Paul Crutzen first suggested we were living in the “Anthropocene,” a new geological epoch in which humans had altered the planet. Now, in an article for Yale Environment 360, Crutzen and a coauthor explain why adopting this term could help transform the perception of our role as stewards of the Earth. READ MORE

18 Jan 2011

Can We Trust Climate Models? Increasingly, the Answer is ‘Yes’

by MICHAEL D. LEMONICK
Forecasting what the Earth’s climate might look like a century from now has long presented a huge challenge to climate scientists. But better understanding of the climate system, improved observations of the current climate, and rapidly improving computing power are slowly leading to more reliable methods. READ MORE

06 Jan 2011

Calculating the True Cost Of Global Climate Change

by JOHN CAREY
Researchers disagree about what the economic costs of climate change will be over the coming decades. But the answer to that question is fundamental in deciding how urgent it is to take action to reduce emissions. READ MORE

22 Dec 2010

As the Arctic Ocean Melts, A Refuge Plan for the Polar Bear

With the Arctic Ocean heading toward a largely ice-free state in summer, scientists are looking for areas that may help preserve ice-dependent creatures. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, geologist Stephanie Pfirman talks about the need for a refuge north of Canada and Greenland that researchers say could be a kind of Noah’s Ark in the age of global warming. READ MORE

16 Dec 2010

Did Cancun Prove the UN Irrelevant in Tackling Climate?

by FRED PEARCE
The Cancun conference is being credited with keeping international climate talks alive. But the real potential for bringing emissions under control may lie in a Plan B, with nations acting on their own in moving toward a low-carbon economy. READ MORE

13 Dec 2010

‘Perverse’ Carbon Payments Send Flood of Money to China

by MARK SCHAPIRO
To offset their own carbon emissions, European companies have been overpaying China to incinerate a powerful greenhouse gas known as hfc 23. And in a bizarre twist, those payments have spurred the manufacture of a harmful refrigerant that is being smuggled into the U.S. and used illegally. READ MORE

08 Dec 2010

New Mission for U.S. Military: Breaking its Dependence on Oil

by LOUIS PECK
As head of a new energy office at the Pentagon, Sharon Burke is charged with finding ways for the U.S. armed forces to cut its dangerous reliance on oil. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, she talks about what new technologies are being tested and why the military considers energy use a key strategic issue in the field. READ MORE

06 Dec 2010

Is the End in Sight for The World’s Coral Reefs?

by J.E.N. VERON
It is a difficult idea to fathom. But the science is clear: Unless we change the way we live, the Earth's coral reefs will be utterly destroyed within our children's lifetimes. READ MORE

29 Nov 2010

Sustainable Palm Oil: Rainforest Savior or Fig Leaf?

by FRED PEARCE
The push to promote sustainable palm oil is turning into a test case for green consumerism. The outcome could help determine the future of the rainforests of Asia and Africa — and whether consumer pressure can really sway corporate giants. READ MORE

22 Nov 2010

The Warming of Antarctica: A Citadel of Ice Begins to Melt

by FEN MONTAIGNE
The fringes of the coldest continent are starting to feel the heat, with the northern Antarctic Peninsula warming faster than virtually any place on Earth. These rapidly rising temperatures represent the first breach in the enormous frozen dome that holds 90 percent of the world’s ice. READ MORE

18 Oct 2010

A Positive Path for Meeting The Global Climate Challenge

by ROGER A. PIELKE JR.
Climate policies that require public sacrifice and limiting economic growth are doomed to failure. To succeed, policies to reduce emissions must promise real benefits and must help make clean energy cheaper. READ MORE

05 Oct 2010

Climate Forecasts: The Case For Living with Uncertainty

by FRED PEARCE
As climate science advances, predictions about the extent of future warming and its effects are likely to become less — not more — precise. That may make it more difficult to convince the public of the reality of climate change, but it hardly diminishes the urgency of taking action. READ MORE

23 Sep 2010

A Troubling Decline in the Caribou Herds of the Arctic

by ED STRUZIK
Across the Far North, populations of caribou — an indispensable source of food and clothing for indigenous people — are in steep decline. Scientists point to rising temperatures and a resource-development boom as the prime culprits. READ MORE

15 Sep 2010

Exploring the Links Between Hurricanes and Ocean Warming

One of the more contentious issues facing climate scientists is whether rising ocean temperatures will cause more frequent and powerful hurricanes. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Kerry Emanuel, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says that amid the uncertainty, one thing seems likely: an increase in the most potent — and destructive — storms. READ MORE

07 Sep 2010

A Symbolic Solar Road Trip To Reignite a Climate Movement

by BILL MCKIBBEN
An activist caravan to bring one of Jimmy Carter’s solar panels back to the White House symbolizes the time that the U.S. has lost in developing new energy technologies – and the urgent need for taking action on climate. READ MORE

30 Aug 2010

The Effect of Clouds on Climate: A Key Mystery for Researchers

by MICHAEL D. LEMONICK
As climate scientists wrestle with the complexities of how the planet will react to rising greenhouse-gas levels, no variable is more difficult to decipher than the impact of clouds. But thanks to new satellite data and other technologies, clues are emerging that may help solve the puzzle. READ MORE

26 Aug 2010

Spurred by Warming World, Beetles Threaten Coffee Crops

by ERICA WESTLY
Coffee production has long been vulnerable to drought or excess rains. But recently, a tiny insect that thrives in warmer temperatures — the coffee berry borer — has been spreading steadily, devastating coffee plants in Africa, Latin America, and around the world. READ MORE

11 Aug 2010

The Sierra Club’s New Leader On Charting a More Assertive Course

by TODD WOODY
Earlier this year, 38-year-old environmental activist Michael Brune was named the unlikely choice to take over as head of the Sierra Club, the largest U.S. conservation organization. In an interview with Yale Environment 360 Brune says it’s time to move beyond overly accommodating strategies like those that failed to win passage of U.S. climate legislation. READ MORE

05 Aug 2010

A Looming Oxygen Crisis and Its Impact on World’s Oceans

by CARL ZIMMER
As warming intensifies, scientists warn, the oxygen content of oceans across the planet could be more and more diminished, with serious consequences for the future of fish and other sea life. READ MORE

29 Jul 2010

In Wreckage of Climate Bill, Some Clues for Moving Forward

by ERIC POOLEY
Ample blame exists for the demise of climate legislation in the U.S. Senate, from President Obama’s lack of political courage, to the environmental community’s overly ambitious strategy, to Republican intransigence. A way forward exists, however, to build on the rubble of the Senate’s failure to cap carbon emissions. READ MORE

22 Jul 2010

Enlisting Endangered Species As a Tool to Combat Warming

by TODD WOODY
Environmentalists in the U.S. are increasingly trying to use the Endangered Species Act to ease the impact of global warming on numerous animals and plants, including the American pika. The goal is not only to protect the habitat of at-risk species but also to force reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE

08 Jul 2010

For Hudson Bay Polar Bears, The End is Already in Sight

The polar bear has long been a symbol of the damage wrought by global warming, but now biologist Andrew Derocher and his colleagues have calculated how long one southerly population can hold out. Their answer? No more than a few decades, as the bears’ decline closely tracks that of the Arctic’s disappearing sea ice. READ MORE

06 Jul 2010

High Above the Earth, Satellites Track Melting Ice

by MICHAEL D. LEMONICK
The surest sign of a warming Earth is the steady melting of its ice zones, from disappearing sea ice in the Arctic to shrinking glaciers worldwide. Now, scientists are using increasingly sophisticated satellite technology to measure the extent, thickness, and height of ice, assembling an essential picture of a planet in transition. READ MORE

21 Jun 2010

A Grim Outlook for Emissions As Climate Talks Limp Forward

by FRED PEARCE
In the wake of the failed Copenhagen summit, prospects for cutting global CO2 emissions are worse than they’ve been in years. With talk of mandated cuts now fading and with countries exploiting loopholes, the world appears headed toward a flawed agreement based not on science but on politics. READ MORE

21 Jun 2010

Despite Rough Ride on Climate, Yvo de Boer Departs an Optimist

by ELIZABETH KOLBERT
Even after the failure to reach agreement on binding CO2 cuts in Copenhagen last December, the United Nations’ outgoing chief climate negotiator is confident that the world is making progress on global warming. The key, he says, is convincing all nations, particularly developing ones, that tackling climate change is in their long-term economic interest. READ MORE

10 Jun 2010

Global Warming Deniers and Their Proven Strategy of Doubt

by NAOMI ORESKES AND ERIK M. CONWAY
For years, free-market fundamentalists opposed to government regulation have sought to create doubt in the public’s mind about the dangers of smoking, acid rain, and ozone depletion. Now they have turned those same tactics on the issue of global warming and on climate scientists, with significant success. READ MORE

07 Jun 2010

Climate Intervention Schemes Could Be Undone by Geopolitics

by MIKE HULME
As global warming intensifies, demands for human manipulation of the climate system are likely to grow. But carrying out geoengineering plans could prove daunting, as conflicts erupt over the unintended regional consequences of climate intervention and over who is entitled to deploy climate-altering technologies. READ MORE

01 Jun 2010

The Microbe Factor and Its Role in Our Climate Future

by CARL ZIMMER
Within the planet’s oceans and soils are trillions of bacteria that store and release far more carbon dioxide than all of the Earth’s trees and plants. Now, scientists are attempting to understand how the world’s bacteria will influence — and be influenced by — a warming climate. READ MORE

25 May 2010

Eyeing the Difficult Path To a Sustainable Future

Environmentalist David Orr says the easy part of helping the United States live within its ecological limits may be passing laws, such as one that puts a price on carbon. The hard part, he maintains in an interview with Yale Environment 360, is changing a culture of consumption that causes extensive environmental damage — and unhappiness. READ MORE

04 May 2010

Unlocking Secrets from the Ice In a Rapidly Warming Region

Earlier this year, climatologist Ellen Mosley-Thompson led an expedition to drill into glacial ice on the Antarctic Peninsula, one of the world’s fastest-warming regions. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Mosley-Thompson explains what the Antarctic ice cores may reveal and describes what it’s like working in the world’s swiftly melting ice zones. READ MORE

20 Apr 2010

Despite Attacks from Critics, Climate Science Will Prevail

by RAJENDRA K. PACHAURI
The chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change acknowledges it has been a rough few months for his organization. But, he argues, no amount of obfuscation and attacks by conspiracy theorists will alter the basic facts — global warming is real and intensifying. READ MORE

01 Apr 2010

A Hard Look at the Perils and Potential of Geoengineering

by JEFF GOODELL
The Asilomar conference on geoengineering had been touted as a potentially historic event. What emerged, however, were some unexpected lessons about the possibilities and pitfalls of manipulating the Earth’s climate to offset global warming. READ MORE

29 Mar 2010

Freeing Energy Policy From The Climate Change Debate

by TED NORDHAUS AND MICHAEL SHELLENBERGER
Environmentalists have long sought to use the threat of catastrophic global warming to persuade the public to embrace a low-carbon economy. But recent events, including the tainting of some climate research, have shown the risks of trying to link energy policy to climate science. READ MORE

22 Mar 2010

The Secret of Sea Level Rise: It Will Vary Greatly By Region

by MICHAEL D. LEMONICK
As the world warms, sea levels could easily rise three to six feet this century. But increases will vary widely by region, with prevailing winds, powerful ocean currents, and even the gravitational pull of the polar ice sheets determining whether some coastal areas will be inundated while others stay dry. READ MORE

15 Mar 2010

What’s Killing the Great Forests of the American West?

by JIM ROBBINS
Across western North America, huge tracts of forest are dying off at an extraordinary rate, mostly because of outbreaks of insects. Scientists are now seeing such forest die-offs around the world and are linking them to changes in climate.   READ MORE

08 Mar 2010

World’s Pall of Black Carbon Can Be Eased With New Stoves

by JON R. LUOMA
Two billion people worldwide do their cooking on open fires, producing sooty pollution that shortens millions of lives and exacerbates global warming. If widely adopted, a new generation of inexpensive, durable cook stoves could go a long way toward alleviating this problem. READ MORE

01 Mar 2010

In India, a Clear Victor on The Climate Action Front

by ISABEL HILTON
In the internal struggle over the nation’s climate policy, India’s charismatic Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has triumphed and is pushing his country toward low-carbon policies both at home and internationally. READ MORE

25 Feb 2010

The IPCC Needs to Change, But the Science Remains Sound

by ROBERT T. WATSON
The former chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says the organization he once headed needs to improve its work and openly acknowledge its mistakes. But, he writes, a handful of errors does not mean that human-induced climate change is an illusion or that CO2 emissions do not need to be cut. READ MORE

25 Feb 2010

Major Change Is Needed If the IPCC Hopes to Survive

by ROGER A. PIELKE JR.
Well before the recent controversies, the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was marred by an unwillingness to listen to dissenting points of view, an inadequate system for dealing with errors, conflicts of interest, and political advocacy. The latest allegations of inaccuracies should be an impetus for sweeping reform. READ MORE

23 Feb 2010

The U.S. Chamber: A Record of Obstruction on Climate Action

by SHAUN GOHO
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been fighting climate-change legislation and is now opposing federal efforts to regulate CO2 emissions. Its actions stand in stark contrast to an earlier business group, which more than a century ago fought to create New York’s vast Adirondack Park. READ MORE

18 Feb 2010

CO2 Capture and Storage Gains a Growing Foothold

by DAVID BIELLO
The drive to extract and store CO2 from coal-fired power plants is gaining momentum, with the Obama administration backing the technology and the world’s first capture and sequestration project now operating in the U.S. Two questions loom: Will carbon capture and storage be affordable? And will it be safe? READ MORE

15 Feb 2010

An Ominous Warning on the Effects of Ocean Acidification

by CARL ZIMMER
A new study says the seas are acidifying ten times faster today than 55 million years ago when a mass extinction of marine species occurred. And, the study concludes, current changes in ocean chemistry due to the burning of fossil fuels may portend a new wave of die-offs. READ MORE

28 Jan 2010

In Low-Lying Bangladesh, The Sea Takes a Human Toll

Living on shifting land formed by river deltas, the people of Bangladesh have a tenuous hold on their environment, with cyclones buffeting coastal zones and rising seas posing a looming threat. But, as this Yale Environment 360 video report by Jonathan Bjerg Møller makes clear, many Bangladeshis already are suffering as a growing population occupies increasingly vulnerable lands. READ MORE

26 Jan 2010

A Journalist Reflects on the Rising Heat in Climate Debate

Although he writes one of the most popular blogs on the environment, Dot Earth author Andrew Revkin recognizes both the drawbacks and potential of the Web for exploring complex issues.  In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Revkin explains why the rhetoric surrounding climate change has gotten so hot.audio READ MORE

14 Jan 2010

How High Will Seas Rise? Get Ready for Seven Feet

by ROB YOUNG AND ORRIN PILKEY
As governments, businesses, and homeowners plan for the future, they should assume that the world’s oceans will rise by at least two meters — roughly seven feet — this century. But far too few agencies or individuals are preparing for the inevitable increase in sea level that will take place as polar ice sheets melt. READ MORE

11 Jan 2010

Arctic Tundra is Being Lost As Far North Quickly Warms

by BILL SHERWONIT
The treeless ecosystem of mosses, lichens, and berry plants is giving way to shrub land and boreal forest. As scientists study the transformation, they are discovering that major warming-related events, including fires and the collapse of slopes due to melting permafrost, are leading to the loss of tundra in the Arctic. READ MORE

21 Dec 2009

Looking for a Silver Lining in the Post-Summit Landscape

by FRED PEARCE
Much was left undone in Copenhagen, and the many loopholes in the climate accord could lead to rising emissions. But the conference averted disaster by keeping the UN climate negotiations alive, and some expressed hope that the growth of renewable energy technology may ultimately save the day. READ MORE

21 Dec 2009

Copenhagen: Things Fall Apart and an Uncertain Future Looms

by BILL MCKIBBEN
The Copenhagen summit turned out to be little more than a charade, as the major nations refused to make firm commitments or even engage in an honest discussion of the consequences of failing to act. READ MORE

17 Dec 2009

The Dangerous Allure of Global Warming Technofixes

by DIANNE DUMANOSKI
As the world weighs how to deal with warming, the idea of human manipulation of climate systems is gaining attention. Yet beyond the environmental and technical questions looms a more practical issue: How could governments really commit to supervising geoengineering schemes for centuries? READ MORE

15 Dec 2009

Bringing Hope to Copenhagen With a Novel Investment Idea

by ORVILLE SCHELL
Governments from the developed world will never come up with enough money to help poorer nations adapt to global warming and implement renewable energy technologies. The solution may lie in using a modest allocation of government funds to spur private sector investment in green energy projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. READ MORE

14 Dec 2009

Copenhagen: The Gap Between Climate Rhetoric and Reality

by BILL MCKIBBEN
As the UN conference enters its second and decisive week, the calls for strong global action to deal with climate change do not appear to be penetrating inside Copenhagen’s Bella Center. READ MORE

10 Dec 2009

Climategate: Anatomy of A Public Relations Disaster

by FRED PEARCE
The way that climate scientists have handled the fallout from the leaking of hacked e-mails is a case study in how not to respond to a crisis. But it also points to the need for climate researchers to operate with greater transparency and to provide more open access to data. READ MORE

08 Dec 2009

Ambitious Actions by the States Push U.S. Toward Climate Goals

by MICHAEL NORTHROP AND DAVID SASSOON
Hampered by a slow-moving Congress, the Obama administration is offering only modest greenhouse gas reduction targets at the Copenhagen conference. But limited federal action does not mean the U.S. is standing still: More than half of the 50 states are already taking steps to reduce emissions on their own. READ MORE

07 Dec 2009

Complete Coverage of the Copenhagen Climate Talks

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07 Dec 2009

The Case Against the Skeptics Stirring Up the Warming Debate

The recent controversy over hacked e-mails in the climate science community has emboldened global warming skeptics who dismiss the notion that humanity is dangerously heating up the planet. But James Hoggan, founder of the Desmogblog, is taking on the deniers, accusing them of cynically obfuscating an issue long ago settled by mainstream science. READ MORE

30 Nov 2009

As the World Waits on the U.S., a Sense of Déjà Vu in Denmark?

by BILL MCKIBBEN
Twelve years ago in Kyoto, the world was poised to act on a climate treaty but looked for a clear signal from the United States. Now, with the Copenhagen talks set to begin, the outcome once again hinges on what the U.S. is prepared to do. READ MORE

24 Nov 2009

The Copenhagen Diagnosis: Sobering Update on the Science

by ELIZABETH KOLBERT
On the eve of the Copenhagen conference, a group of scientists has issued an update on the 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Their conclusions? Ice at both poles is melting faster than predicted, the claims of recent global cooling are wrong, and world leaders must act fast if steep temperature rises are to be avoided. READ MORE

23 Nov 2009

As Copenhagen Talks Near, What Are Prospects for Success?

For months, hopes that a climate treaty would be signed at the upcoming Copenhagen conference have been raised, then dashed, then raised again. Now, with prospects waning that a binding accord on reducing greenhouse gas emissions can be reached this year, ten environmental leaders and climate experts outline for Yale Environment 360 what they believe can still be accomplished at Copenhagen. READ MORE

16 Nov 2009

Apocalypse Fatigue: Losing the Public on Climate Change

by TED NORDHAUS AND MICHAEL SHELLENBERGER
Even as the climate science becomes more definitive, polls show that public concern in the United States about global warming has been declining. What will it take to rally Americans behind the need to take strong action on cutting carbon emissions? READ MORE

04 Nov 2009

Amid Mounting Pessimism, A Voice of Hope for Copenhagen

With skepticism growing about the chances of reaching a climate agreement next month in Copenhagen, Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says he is “cautiously optimistic” that a treaty can still be signed. But in an interview with Yale Environment 360, Pachauri says the global community may have to move ahead without any commitment from the United States.audio READ MORE

02 Nov 2009

Coping With Climate Change: Which Societies Will Do Best?

by GAIA VINCE
As the world warms, how different societies fare in dealing with rising seas and changing weather patterns will have as much to do with political, social, and economic factors as with a changing climate. READ MORE

26 Oct 2009

The Greenest Place in the U.S. May Not Be Where You Think

by DAVID OWEN
Green rankings in the U.S. don’t tell the full story about the places where the human footprint is lightest. If you really want the best environmental model, you need to look at the nation’s biggest — and greenest — metropolis: New York City. READ MORE

21 Oct 2009

Geoengineering the Planet: The Possibilities and the Pitfalls

Interfering with the Earth’s climate system to counteract global warming is a controversial concept. But in an interview with Yale Environment 360, climate scientist Ken Caldeira talks about why he believes the world needs to better understand which geoengineering schemes might work and which are fantasy — or worse.audio READ MORE

20 Oct 2009

The Economic Case for Slashing Carbon Emissions

by FRANK ACKERMAN
Amid a growing call for reducing atmospheric concentrations of CO2 to 350 parts per million, a group of economists maintains that striving to meet that target is a smart investment — and the best insurance policy humanity could buy. READ MORE

15 Oct 2009

The Spread of New Diseases and the Climate Connection

by SONIA SHAH
As humans increasingly encroach on forested lands and as temperatures rise, the transmission of disease from animals and insects to people is growing. Now a new field, known as “conservation medicine,” is exploring how ecosystem disturbance and changing interactions between wildlife and humans can lead to the spread of new pathogens. READ MORE

12 Oct 2009

A Blueprint for Restoring the World’s Oceans

In her long career as an oceanographer, Sylvia Earle has witnessed the damage that humanity has done to the Earth’s oceans. But in an interview with Yale Environment 360, she says there's still time to pull the seas back from the brink. READ MORE

01 Oct 2009

A Timely Reminder of the Real Limits to Growth

by BILL MCKIBBEN
It has been more than 30 years since a groundbreaking book predicted that if growth continued unchecked, the Earth’s ecological systems would be overwhelmed within a century. The latest study from an international team of scientists should serve as an eleventh-hour warning that cannot be ignored. READ MORE

28 Sep 2009

What Makes Europe Greener than the U.S.?

by ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
The average American produces three times the amount of CO2 emissions as a person in France. A U.S. journalist now living in Europe explains how she learned to love her clothesline and sweating in summer. READ MORE

23 Sep 2009

Provocative New Study Warns of Crossing Planetary Boundaries

by CARL ZIMMER
The Earth has nine biophysical thresholds beyond which it cannot be pushed without disastrous consequences, the authors of a new paper in the journal Nature report. Ominously, these scientists say, we have already moved past three of these tipping points. READ MORE

10 Sep 2009

New York City Girds Itself for Heat and Rising Seas

by BRUCE STUTZ
By the end of the century, New York’s climate could resemble that of present-day Raleigh, North Carolina and its harbor could easily rise by two feet or more. Faced with this prospect, the city is among the first urban centers to begin changing the way it builds its infrastructure — and the way it thinks about its future. READ MORE

24 Aug 2009

A ‘Dow Jones’ for Climate: The Case for a Warming Index

by DANIEL R. ABBASI
If a cap-and-trade bill passes Congress this year, it may include weak emissions targets and will likely need to be strengthened in the years to come. One way to guide future policy: create a Global Climate Change Index that could be used to track global warming’s impacts. READ MORE

17 Aug 2009

The Great Paradox of China: Green Energy and Black Skies

by CHRISTINA LARSON
China is on its way to becoming the world’s largest producer of renewable energy, yet it remains one of the most polluted countries on earth. A year after the Beijing Olympics, economic and political forces are combining to make China simultaneously a leader in alternative energy – and in dirty water and air. READ MORE

13 Aug 2009

Obama’s Science Adviser Urges Leadership on Climate

by ELIZABETH KOLBERT
John Holdren, the president’s top science adviser, is playing a key role in shaping the Obama administration’s strategy to combat global warming. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Holdren discusses the prospects for achieving key breakthroughs on climate change, both in Congress and at upcoming talks in Copenhagen.audio READ MORE

03 Aug 2009

First Comes Global Warming, Then an Evolutionary Explosion

by CARL ZIMMER
In a matter of years or decades, researchers believe, animals and plants already are adapting to life in a warmer world. Some species will be unable to change quickly enough and will go extinct, but others will evolve, as natural selection enables them to carry on in an altered environment. READ MORE

29 Jul 2009

The Folly of ‘Magical Solutions’ for Targeting Carbon Emissions

by ROGER A. PIELKE JR.
Setting unattainable emissions targets is not a policy — it’s an act of wishful thinking, argues one political scientist. Instead, governments and society should focus money and attention on workable solutions for improving energy efficiency and de-carbonizing our economies. READ MORE

27 Jul 2009

Sen. Kerry on Climate Bill: ‘We’re Going to Get It Done’

by DARREN SAMUELSOHN
In an interview with Yale Environment 360, John Kerry praises the carbon cap-and-trade legislation now being debated in the U.S. Senate, describes its importance to upcoming climate talks in Copenhagen, and explains how he plans to help the landmark legislation clear the Senate and become law.audio READ MORE

09 Jul 2009

NOAA’s New Chief on Restoring Science to U.S. Climate Policy

by ELIZABETH KOLBERT
Marine biologist Jane Lubchenco now heads one of the U.S. government’s key agencies researching climate change — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Lubchenco discusses the central role her agency is playing in understanding the twin threats of global warming and ocean acidification. READ MORE

06 Jul 2009

Climate Threat to Polar Bears: Despite Facts, Doubters Remain

by ED STRUZIK
Wildlife biologists and climate scientists overwhelmingly agree that the disappearance of Arctic sea ice will lead to a sharp drop in polar bear populations. But some skeptics remain unconvinced, and they have managed to persuade the Canadian government not to take key steps to protect the animals. READ MORE

30 Jun 2009

Report Gives Sobering View of Warming’s Impact on U.S.

by MICHAEL D. LEMONICK
A new U.S. government report paints a disturbing picture of the current and future effects of climate change and offers a glimpse of what the nation’s climate will be like by century’s end. READ MORE

18 Jun 2009

The Waxman-Markey Bill: A Good Start or a Non-Starter?

As carbon cap-and-trade legislation works it way through Congress, the environmental community is intensely debating whether the Waxman-Markey bill is the best possible compromise or a fatally flawed initiative. Yale Environment 360 asked 11 prominent people in the environmental and energy fields for their views on this controversial legislation. READ MORE

08 Jun 2009

The Challenge of Copenhagen: Bridging the U.S.-China Divide

by ORVILLE SCHELL
The United States powered its rise to affluence with fossil fuels, and China resents being told it should not be free to do the same. So as negotiators prepare for crucial climate talks this December, the prospects for reaching agreement remain far from certain. READ MORE

04 Jun 2009

Freeman Dyson Takes on the Climate Establishment

by MICHAEL D. LEMONICK
Princeton physicist Freeman Dyson has been roundly criticized for insisting global warming is not an urgent problem, with many climate scientists dismissing him as woefully ill-informed. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Dyson explains his iconoclastic views and why he believes they have stirred such controversy.audio READ MORE

01 Jun 2009

Learning to Live With Climate Change Will Not Be Enough

by DAVID W. ORR
A leading environmentalist explains why drastically reducing carbon dioxide emissions now will be easier, cheaper, and more ethical than dealing with runaway climate destabilization later. READ MORE

28 May 2009

Beyond Abstraction: Moving the Public on Climate Action

by DOUG STRUCK
Most Americans believe climate change is a serious problem but are not committed to making the hard choices needed to deal with it. Recent research begins to explain some of the reasons why. READ MORE

26 May 2009

Adaptation Emerges as Key Part of Any Climate Change Plan

by BRUCE STUTZ
After years of reluctance, scientists and governments are now looking to adaptation measures as critical for confronting the consequences of climate change. And increasingly, plans are being developed to deal with rising seas, water shortages, spreading diseases, and other realities of a warming world. READ MORE

21 May 2009

Regional Climate Pact’s Lesson: Avoid Big Giveaways to Industry

by KEITH SCHNEIDER
As Congress struggles over a bill to limit carbon emissions, a cap-and-trade program is already operating in 10 Northeastern states. But the regional project's mixed success offers a cautionary warning to U.S. lawmakers on how to proceed. READ MORE

20 May 2009

Previous Eras of Warming Hold Warnings for Our Age

by CARL ZIMMER
By 2100, the world will probably be hotter than it’s been in 3 million years. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, paleoecologist Anthony D. Barnosky describes the unprecedented challenges that many species will face in this era of intensified warming.audio READ MORE

20 Apr 2009

As Climate Warms, Species May Need to Migrate or Perish

by CARL ZIMMER
With global warming pushing some animals and plants to the brink of extinction, conservation biologists are now saying that the only way to save some species may be to move them. READ MORE

09 Apr 2009

Retreat of Andean Glaciers Foretells Global Water Woes

by CAROLYN KORMANN
Bolivia accounts for a tiny fraction of global greenhouse gas emissions. But it will soon be paying a disproportionately high price for a major consequence of global warming: the rapid loss of glaciers and a subsequent decline in vital water supplies. READ MORE

02 Apr 2009

Warming Takes Center Stage as Australian Drought Worsens

by KEITH SCHNEIDER
With record-setting heat waves, bush fires and drought, Australians are increasingly convinced they are facing the early impacts of global warming. Their growing concern about climate change has led to a consensus that the nation must now act boldly to stave off the crisis. READ MORE

19 Mar 2009

With Temperatures Rising, Here Comes ‘Global Weirding’

by JOHN WALDMAN
They’re calling it “global weirding” – the way in which rising temperatures are causing species to change their ranges, the timing of their migrations, and the way they interact with other living things. And the implications of all this are only beginning to be understood. READ MORE

16 Mar 2009

An Army of Lobbyists Readies for Battle on the Climate Bill

by MARIANNE LAVELLE
With carbon cap-and-trade legislation now on Washington’s agenda, companies and interest groups have been hiring lobbyists at a feverish pace. For every member of Congress, there are now four climate lobbyists, many of them hoping to derail or water down the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE

11 Mar 2009

A Reporter’s Field Notes on the Coverage of Climate Change

For nearly a decade, The New Yorker’s Elizabeth Kolbert has been reporting on climate change.  In an interview with Yale Environment 360, she talked about the responsibility of both the media and scientists to better inform the public about the realities of a warming world. READ MORE

24 Feb 2009

Tracking the Fallout of the Arctic’s Vanishing Sea Ice

Julienne Stroeve, a research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado, has been closely monitoring the rapid loss of sea ice in the Arctic. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, she explains how the repercussions of that disappearance will be felt throughout the far north and, eventually, the entire hemisphere.audio READ MORE

19 Feb 2009

Why I’ll Get Arrested to Stop the Burning of Coal

by BILL MCKIBBEN
On March 2, environmentalist Bill McKibben joined demonstrators who marched on a coal-fired power plant in Washington D.C. In this article for Yale Environment 360, he explains why he was ready to go to jail to protest the continued burning of coal. READ MORE

13 Feb 2009

Clinton’s China Visit Opens Door on Climate Change

by ORVILLE SCHELL
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s trip to China could be the first step in forging a partnership between the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases. A leading China expert sets forth a blueprint for how the U.S. and China can slow global warming – and strengthen their crucial relationship. READ MORE

12 Feb 2009

As Effects of Warming Grow, UN Report is Quickly Dated

by MICHAEL D. LEMONICK
Issued less than two years ago, the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was a voluminous and impressive document. Yet key portions of the report are already out of date, as evidence shows the impacts of warming intensifying from the Arctic to Antarctica. READ MORE

09 Feb 2009

Keeping a Watchful Eye on Unstable Antarctic Ice

NASA’s Robert Bindschadler, a leading expert on glaciers and ice sheets, is part of an international team monitoring a large and fast-moving glacier in West Antarctica. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, he explains the dramatic impact this unstable mass of ice could have on global sea levels. READ MORE

02 Feb 2009

What Obama Must Do on the Road to Copenhagen

by MICHAEL NORTHROP AND DAVID SASSOON
If crucial climate negotiations later this year in Copenhagen are to have any chance of success, the U.S. must take the lead. To do that, President Obama needs to act boldly in the coming months. READ MORE

29 Jan 2009

The Climate Freeloaders: Emerging Nations Need to Act

by FRED PEARCE
Key developing countries have long been exempt from efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Now, as global climate talks move forward, that policy must change. READ MORE

22 Jan 2009

Moving the U.S. Off Carbon With Less Pain, More Gain

by CARL POPE
Many environmentalists assume that putting a price on carbon and creating a renewable energy economy will require major public sacrifice. But the Sierra Club’s Carl Pope argues that a well-designed package of market reforms — not austerity — will lead to a prosperous, low-carbon future. READ MORE

12 Jan 2009

As Europe Fiddles, U.S. May Take Lead on Climate Change

by FRED PEARCE
Europe’s backpedaling last month on toughening its carbon trading system may have signaled the end of its leadership on climate change. Now, with a new administration and Congress, America appears ready to commit itself to tackling global warming. READ MORE

07 Jan 2009

Is it Time to Consider Manipulating the Planet?

by JEFF GOODELL
Although he finds the possibility unsettling, Canadian climate scientist David Keith believes large-scale geoengineering will eventually be deployed to offset global warming. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Keith explains why scientists must begin researching an “emergency response strategy” for cooling an overheated planet.audio READ MORE

18 Dec 2008

Exploring the Economics of Global Climate Change

Gary Yohe is spending a lot of time these days studying the economic issues surrounding climate change. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, the Wesleyan University economist talked about why the world needs to start taking steps to adapt to climate change and why strong action must be taken despite uncertainty about the extent of the warming and its ultimate effects.audio READ MORE

13 Nov 2008

The Greenhouse Gas That Nobody Knew

by RICHARD CONNIFF
When industry began using NF3 in high-tech manufacturing, it was hailed as a way to fight global warming. But new research shows that this gas has 17,000 times the warming potential of carbon dioxide and is rapidly increasing in the atmosphere – and that's turning an environmental success story into a public relations disaster. READ MORE

11 Nov 2008

Under a Sooty Exterior, a Green China Emerges

by FRED PEARCE
You’ve heard the environmental horror stories: rivers running black, air unfit to breathe, two new coal-fired power plants a week. But thanks to a surging entrepreneurial spirit and new policies, China is fast becoming a leader in green innovation, from recycling to developing electric cars to harnessing the wind. READ MORE

05 Nov 2008

President Obama’s Big Climate Challenge

by BILL MCKIBBEN
As he assumes the presidency, Barack Obama must make climate-change legislation and investment in green energy top priorities. And he must be ready to take bold — and politically unpopular — action to address global warming. READ MORE

30 Oct 2008

Melting Arctic Ocean Raises Threat of ‘Methane Time Bomb’

by SUSAN Q. STRANAHAN
Scientists have long believed that thawing permafrost in Arctic soils could release huge amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Now they are watching with increasing concern as methane begins to bubble up from the bottom of the fast-melting Arctic Ocean. READ MORE

27 Oct 2008

The Clean Air Act: Jump-Starting Climate Action

by MICHAEL NORTHROP AND DAVID SASSOON
The next U.S. president should not wait for Congress to act on climate-change legislation. Instead, he should make use of the Clean Air Act to begin controlling greenhouse gas emissions and to implement a national cap-and-trade program. READ MORE

24 Oct 2008

Despite Global Recession, Focus on Climate Change Critical

Stavros Dimas, environmental commissioner for the European Union, says the global economic crisis is no reason to lose focus on efforts to fight climate change. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, he talked about the lessons of the EU's emissions trading system, and why the U.S. should not give away permits in a cap-and-trade system — it should get something for them.audio READ MORE

20 Oct 2008

Environmental Failure: A Case for a New Green Politics

by JAMES GUSTAVE SPETH
The U.S. environmental movement is failing – by any measure, the state of the earth has never been more dire. What’s needed, a leading environmentalist writes, is a new, inclusive green politics that challenges basic assumptions about consumerism and unlimited growth. READ MORE

09 Oct 2008

Thomas Friedman: Hope in a Hot, Flat and Crowded World

by ELIZABETH KOLBERT
In an exclusive interview with Yale Environment 360, best-selling author Thomas Friedman talks with Elizabeth Kolbert about his new book and about why he’s optimistic that an energy-technology revolution can revitalize the United States and set the world on a new, greener path. audio READ MORE

06 Oct 2008

Financial Crisis Dims Chances for U.S. Climate Legislation

by MARGARET KRIZ
Environmentalists had been looking to a new president and a new Congress to pass legislation dealing with global warming next year. But with tough economic times looming, the passage of a sweeping climate change bill now appears far less likely. READ MORE

29 Sep 2008

Carbon Offsets: The Indispensable Indulgence

by RICHARD CONNIFF
Despite the potential for abuse, the concept of paying others to compensate for our environmental sins can be a valuable tool in helping reduce carbon emissions. But the world can’t simply buy its way out of global warming. READ MORE

18 Aug 2008

The U.S. and China: Common Ground on Climate

by ORVILLE SCHELL
The crackdown on dissent surrounding the Beijing Olympics has been a reminder of China’s lingering authoritarianism. Yet for all our differences, the U.S. and China — the world’s two largest emitters of carbon dioxide — have no choice but to work together to tackle climate change. READ MORE

11 Aug 2008

Has the Population Bomb Been Defused?

by FRED PEARCE
Paul Ehrlich still believes that overpopulation imperils the Earth’s future. But the good news is we are approaching a demographic turning point: Birth rates have been falling dramatically, and population is expected to peak later this century — after that, for the first time in modern history, the world's population should actually start to decline. READ MORE

04 Aug 2008

Too Many People, Too Much Consumption

by PAUL R. EHRLICH AND ANNE H. EHRLICH
Four decades after his controversial book, The Population Bomb, scientist Paul Ehrlich still believes that overpopulation — now along with overconsumption — is the central environmental crisis facing the world. And, he insists, technological fixes will not save the day. READ MORE

28 Jul 2008

Solar’s Time Has Finally Arrived

by JON R. LUOMA
After years of optimistic predictions and false starts, it looks like solar's moment is here at last. Analysts say a pattern of rapid growth, technological breakthroughs, and falling production costs has put solar power on the brink of becoming the world's dominant electricity source. READ MORE

25 Jun 2008

After Bush, Restoring Science to Environmental Policy

by CHRIS MOONEY
The Bush administration has been widely criticized for placing politics over science when it comes to environmental policy-making. The next president must act to reverse that trend. READ MORE

22 Jun 2008

As Energy Prices Rise, the Pressure to Drill Builds

by EUGENE LINDEN
President Bush is urging Congress to open the U.S. coasts and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. But America must ultimately wean itself off fossil fuels. The question is whether it makes the transition now — or waits until every last one of its unspoiled places has been drilled. READ MORE

16 Jun 2008

The Limits of Climate Modeling

by FRED PEARCE
As the public seeks answers about the future impacts of climate change, some climatologists are growing increasingly uneasy about the localized predictions they are being asked to make. READ MORE

13 Jun 2008

Biodiversity in the Balance

by CARL ZIMMER
Paleontologists and geologists are looking to the ancient past for clues about whether global warming will result in mass extinctions. What they're finding is not encouraging. READ MORE

10 Jun 2008

Climate Solutions: Charting a Bold Course

by DENIS HAYES
A cap-and-trade system is not the answer, according to a leading alternative-energy advocate. To really tackle climate change, the United States must revolutionize its entire energy strategy. READ MORE

03 Jun 2008

The Tipping Point

by BILL MCKIBBEN
New evidence suggests that we have already passed a dangerous threshold for the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – and that the time for taking strong action is slipping away. READ MORE

03 Jun 2008

Water Scarcity: The Real Food Crisis

by FRED PEARCE
In the discussion of the global food emergency, one underlying factor is barely mentioned: The world is running out of water. A British science writer, who authored a major book on water resources, here explores the nexus between water overconsumption and current food shortages. READ MORE

03 Jun 2008

What the Next President Must Do

by ELIZABETH KOLBERT
After years of U.S. inaction, a new president will have to move quickly to address global warming. In an e360 report, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert surveys the views of various nonpartisan groups and provides a blueprint for what needs to be done. READ MORE

03 Jun 2008

The Myth of Clean Coal

by RICHARD CONNIFF
The coal industry and its allies are spending more than $60 million to promote the notion that coal is clean. But so far, “clean coal” is little more than an advertising slogan. READ MORE

03 Jun 2008

Carbon’s Burden on the World’s Oceans

by CARL SAFINA AND MARAH J. HARDT
The burgeoning amount of carbon dioxide in oceans is affecting a lot more than coral reefs. It is also damaging marine life and, most ominously, threatening the future survival of marine populations. READ MORE

03 Jun 2008

States Take the Lead on Climate

by MICHAEL NORTHROP AND DAVID SASSOON
With the Bush Administration and Congress failing to act, many states are devising sweeping climate and energy policies that could be a blueprint for a future national climate policy. READ MORE

03 Jun 2008

The Ethics of Climate Change

by RICHARD C. J. SOMERVILLE
When it comes to setting climate change policy, science can only tell us so much. Ultimately, a lead report author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change writes, it comes down to making judgments about what is fair, equitable, and just. READ MORE

03 Jun 2008

A Conversation with Nobel Prize Winner Rajendra Pachauri

In an interview with Yale Environment 360, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says the next U.S. administration must play a leading role in global climate change policy and cautions that China and the developing world must not follow the same path of industrialization as the United States and western Europe. audio READ MORE

03 Jun 2008

On Climate Legislation, It Looks Like “Wait Until Next Year”

by DARREN SAMUELSOHN
As debate begins on Capitol Hill, the prospects for passing a climate change bill this year are dimming. Increasingly, it appears as though any new law will await a new Congress and a new president. READ MORE

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08 Sep 2014: U.S. Dietary Guidelines Would Lead to Rise in Emissions, Study Says

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