Peat bogs on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Peatlands make up 3 percent of the earth’s landscape, yet absorb large amounts of carbon and harbor surprising biodiversity. Although peat bogs and fens are under increasing environmental threat, efforts to protect and restore these ecosystems are gathering momentum.

By Ed Struzik

  • Interview

    They Knew: How the U.S. Government Helped Cause the Climate Crisis

    James Gustave Speth has been calling for action on climate since serving in the White House in the 1970s. In an e360 interview, he talks about his new book, which chronicles how U.S. administrations repeatedly failed to act in response to scientists’ increasingly dire warnings.

  • Environmental Justice

    Turning Hog Waste into Biogas: Green Solution or Greenwashing?

    North Carolina’s industrial-scale hog farms have long been a major source of pollution. Smithfield Foods now plans to turn some hog waste into biogas, but critics say the project does nothing about the larger problem of waste being stored in lagoons and sprayed on fields.

    By Melba Newsome

  • Food & Agriculture

    How Adding Rock Dust to Soil Can Help Get Carbon into the Ground

    Researchers are finding that when pulverized rock is applied to agricultural fields, the soil pulls far more carbon from the air and crop yields increase. More studies are underway, but some scientists say this method shows significant benefits for farmers and the climate.

    By Susan Cosier

Biodiversity

Beyond Extinction: A New Emphasis on Species Recovery

Scientists have long drawn up a Red List to alert officials about wildlife and plant species threatened with extinction. Now some say it’s time to flip the script and create a “green status” category that identifies how to bring these species back to sustainable levels.

By Michelle Nijhuis

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Fans draw air into Climeworks’ direct air capture plant in Zurich, Switzerland.

Climate

The Dream of Carbon Air Capture Edges Toward Reality

Next month, an industrial facility in Iceland will join a growing number of projects to remove CO2 from the air and put it underground. But major hurdles, including high costs, remain before this technology can be widely deployed and play a key role in tackling climate change.

By Jon Gertner

  • E360 Video Contest Winner

    In Northeast India, Cement Plants Disrupt Forest and a Way of Life

    “The Story of Lumshnong” — the winner of the 2021 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest — examines how government officials allowed cement companies to pour into a forest in northeast India, polluting the air and water and destroying an ecosystem on which local villagers depend.

  • Policy

    As Disasters Mount, Central Banks Gird Against Threat of Climate Change

    From the Bank of England to the People’s Bank of China, monetary authorities of the world’s largest economies are gauging how climate change could rock the financial system. Though long committed to being “market neutral,” some are even starting to push greener investments.

    By Fred Pearce

  • E360 Video Contest

    On South African Shores, Women Carry On a Harvest Once Denied

    In apartheid South Africa, the Sokhulu practice of gathering mussels was outlawed. “Ulwandle Lushile: Meeting the Tides,” the second-place winner in the 2021 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest, shows how Sokhulu women persevered and are again harvesting mussels sustainably.

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