The Lower Granite Dam on the lower Snake River in southeastern Washington.

As renewable energy becomes cheaper than hydropower and the presence of dams worsens the plight of salmon, pressure is mounting in the Pacific Northwest to take down four key dams on the lower Snake River that critics say have outlived their usefulness.

By Jacques Leslie

Energy

Why China’s Renewable Energy Transition Is Losing Momentum

Growth of wind and solar in China is slowing as government funding for green energy falters and upgrades to the transmission infrastructure lag. With China’s CO2 emissions again on the rise, experts worry the world’s largest emitter may fall short of key climate goals.

By Michael Standaert

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In an e360 interview, Mary Nichols, the long-time chair of the California Air Resources Board, talks about California’s continued efforts to stop the Trump administration’s rollback of stricter fuel efficiency standards, and why the auto industry is largely on its side.

By Paul Rogers

A view of Lower Manhattan, flanked by the Hudson and East Rivers.

Climate

Could Massive Storm Surge Barriers End the Hudson River’s Revival?

As threats from major storms increase, authorities are proposing surge barriers to protect New York Harbor. Some ecologists are concerned these giant barriers could have serious consequences for the Hudson, now hailed for its much-heralded recovery, and for other area waters.

By Elizabeth Royte

2019 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest

2019 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest

The winners of our annual contest honoring the best short environmental films.

  1. E360 Video Contest Winner

    Seldom Seen: A Poignant Look Back at Glen Canyon Before the Dam

  2. E360 Video Contest Winner — Second Place

    In Ecuador, One Man’s Mission to Restore a Piece of the Rainforest

  3. E360 Video Contest Winner — Third Place

    In Drought-Prone India, a Hard-Pressed Village Struggles to Survive

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