The free-flowing Baker River in Chile's Patagonia region. Permits for a major hydroelectric project on the waterway were revoked in 2014 amid protests.

Inspired by indigenous views of nature, a movement to grant a form of legal “personhood” to rivers is gaining some ground — a key step, advocates say, in reversing centuries of damage inflicted upon the world’s waterways.

By Jens Benöhr and Patrick J. Lynch

  • E360 VIDEO CONTEST WINNER - SECOND PLACE

    For Iranian Villagers, A Dam Uproots a Rural Way of Life

    The second-place winner of the 2018 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest depicts the upheaval that comes to a village in northern Iran when construction of a hydroelectric dam forces the resettlement of the population.

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    Off the African Coast, a Struggle to Revive a Battered Fishery

    The third-place winner of the 2018 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest looks at a campaign to enlist local fishermen to help reverse a sharp decline in the marine resources of the tiny island nation of Mauritius.

  • Oceans

    Shark Mystery: Where Have South Africa’s Great Whites Gone?

    The world’s most famous sharks are the great whites off Cape Town, featured in the popular “Air Jaws” series. But now these sharks have mostly gone missing, and some experts blame a fishery for depleting the smaller sharks that the great whites feed on.

    By Adam Welz

Opinion

Why Nuclear Power Must Be Part of the Energy Solution

Many environmentalists have opposed nuclear power, citing its dangers and the difficulty of disposing of its radioactive waste. But a Pulitzer Prize-winning author argues that nuclear is safer than most energy sources and is needed if the world hopes to radically decrease its carbon emissions. 

By Richard Rhodes

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With the Trump administration spurning efforts to combat global warming, the French government has invited U.S. scientists to bring their climate research to France. In an interview with Yale e360, scientist Ben Sanderson talks about why he is taking France up on its offer.

By Diane Toomey

In the last decade, scientists have helped reestablish a migrating population of northern bald ibises in Europe.

Biodiversity

After a 400-Year Absence, A Rare Ibis Returns to European Skies

The northern bald ibis is critically endangered, with fewer than 1,000 existing in the wild. But a German group is reintroducing these birds in Europe, where they once thrived, and is using ultralight aircraft to lead them on migrations south toward the Mediterranean.

By Christian Schwägerl

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