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Climate Change

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Key to Biden’s Climate Agenda Likely to Be Cut Because of Manchin Opposition

How personal carbon allowances can help normal people fight climate change

Biden, in a Push to Phase Out Gas Cars, Tightens Pollution Rules

The U.S. Has Entered Unprecedented Climate Territory, EPA Warns

The Climate Solution Actually Adding Millions of Tons of CO2 Into the Atmosphere

40,000 Evacuated, At Least 2 Dead In Massive Australian Floods

To fulfil the Paris Agreement we need a circular economy

Temperature analysis shows UN goals ‘within reach’

Deep Frozen Arctic Microbes Are Waking Up

Birds Sing to Their Eggs, and This Song Might Help Their Babies Survive Climate Change

U.S. Officially Leaving Paris Climate Agreement

‘Sleeping giant’ Arctic methane deposits starting to release, scientists find

Siberia Burned. Arctic Ice Shrank. This Was the World’s Hottest September Ever

After Wildfires Stop Burning, a Danger in the Drinking Water

We’ve run out of hurricane names. What happens now?

Every Place Has Its Own Climate Risk. What Is It Where You Live?

New Zealand makes climate reporting compulsory

U.S. and European Oil Giants Go Different Ways on Climate Change

A Secret Recording Reveals Oil Executives’ Private Views on Climate Change

The story behind that Patagonia tag, and how the Trump era changed outdoor recreation

New Climate Maps Show a Transformed United States

How climate migration will reshape America

Why This Monstrous Crater Suddenly Appeared in Russia

Earth’s Orbital Shifts May Have Triggered Ancient Global Warming

Konrad Steffen, Who Sounded Alarm on Greenland Ice, Dies at 68

Greenland’s ice sheet has melted to a point of no return, according to new study

Saharan Dust Cloud Arrives At The U.S. Gulf Coast, Bringing Haze

New Red Algae Are Threatening Hawaii’s Coral Reefs, Scientists Say

She’s an Authority on Earth’s Past. Now, Her Focus Is the Planet’s Future.

Science & Nature

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Why some biologists and ecologists think social media is a risk to humanity

Nature Can Be as Engaging as Video Games — How to Help Kids Fall in Love With the Outdoors

The Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico Collapses

Pannotia: A supercontinent on trial

We knew platypuses were in credible. Now we know they glow under a blacklight

How a Human Cousin Adapted to a Changing Climate

Yes, You Can Learn to Speak the Language of Plants

This gorgeous songbird is half male, half female

There have been multiple sightings of a hairy, venomous caterpillar in Virginia

Fat Bear Week 2020 crowns its big winner

Mushrooms, the Last Survivors

How woody vines do the twist

In times of ecological uncertainty, brood parasites hedge their bets

World’s Biggest Shark Has Teeth on Its Eyeballs, Scientists Discover

13-foot marine predator found inside another’s belly in shocking fossil ‘turducken’

Wolverines spotted at Mount Rainier National Park for the first time in over 100 years

America’s Love of Male Trees Could Be Why You’re Sneezing Right Now

Why the North Pole is moving faster than ever

Eavesdropping On Whales In A Quiet Ocean

Butterflies Have Hearts In Their Wings. You’ll Never Guess Where They Have Eyes

The 1st Gene-Altered Squid Has Thrilled Biologists

How a ‘Heat Dome’ Forms—and Why This One Is So Perilous

Politics & Government

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HHS Establishes Office of Climate Change and Health Equity

What if American Democracy Fails the Climate Crisis?

Recycling in America Is a Mess. A New Bill Could Clean It Up

Biden, in a Burst of Climate Orders, Rejoins the Paris Agreement

U.S. Army releases new Installations Strategy

Climate Change Legislation Included in Coronavirus Relief Deal

In Last Rush, Trump Grants Mining and Energy Firms Access to Public Lands

Biden Plans To Nominate Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm As Energy Secretary

Biden To Name Gina McCarthy, Former EPA Chief, As Domestic Climate Coordinator

Biden Picks Michael Regan, North Carolina Environment Chief, to Head E.P.A.

Black farmers, civil rights advocates seething over Vilsack pick

New York’s $226 Billion Pension Fund Is Dropping Fossil Fuel Stocks

Climate activists ramp up pressure on Biden with protest outside Democratic headquarters

9 Things the Biden Administration Could Do Quickly on the Environment

What Voters in Battleground States Think About Climate Change

Biden Pledges Ambitious Climate Action. Here’s What He Could Actually Do.

The Trump Administration Is
Reversing Nearly 100 Environmental
Rules. Here’s the Full List.

Amy Coney Barrett refuses to tell Kamala Harris if she thinks climate change is happening

House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis – The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America

House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis – Solving the Climate Crisis One Pagers

Trump Said Water Protections Hurt Farmers. An Earthjustice Attorney Fact-Checked Him

E.P.A. Relaxes Rules Limiting Toxic Waste From Coal Plants

How to Reverse Course on Trump’s Environmental Damage

Report: The Case for Climate Action, Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis

Biden Announces $2 Trillion Climate Plan

‘Climate Donors’ Flock to Biden to Counter Trump’s Fossil Fuel Money

Democrats Detail a Climate Agenda Tying Environment to Racial Justice

Food & Agriculture

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Eat this to save the world! The most sustainable foods – from seaweed to venison

Can the iconic Georgia peach keep growing in a warming South?

The Deep Roots of the Vegetable That ‘Took Over the World’

The New Menu at Eleven Madison Park Will Be Meatless

Locust Swarms Threaten Parts Of East Africa

How the Peach Came to Georgia: Science, globalization, race, and the tangled history of a famous fruit

A kelp-based burger may be the most sustainable option yet

SingleThread has been hailed as the pinnacle of farm-to-table dining. But what happens when the farm is under assault by climate change?

The Big Thaw: How Russia Could Dominate a Warming World

Maryiza sells Ethiopian honey that promotes biodiversity and deliciousness alike.

We Need a Secretary of Food

Cutting Greenhouse Gases From Food Production Is Urgent, Scientists Say

Re-Gen-Ale: the first traceably sourced beer to address climate change using Indigo Carbon

Net loss: the high price of salmon farming

Almonds Are Out. Dairy Is a Disaster. So What Milk Should We Drink?

The Sea Farming Sisters in Recovery

Big-Money Investors Gear Up For A Trillion-Dollar Bet On Farmland

On the Shores of Cape Cod, Where the Oyster Is Their World

What We Can Learn From Indigenous Food

Whether You’re Making a Meal or Cleaning an Oil Spill, There’s a Fungus for That

Energy & Technology

Photo Credit: Zbynek Burival

To use fewer trees and less water, this paper is made from grass

The decreasing cost of renewables unlikely to plateau anytime soon

A bad solar storm could cause an “Internet apocalypse”

Computer Models Of Civilization Offer Routes To Ending Global Warming

Peak Oil Is Suddenly Upon Us

The Lithium Mine Versus the Wildflower

Alaska’s Controversial Pebble Mine Fails to Win Critical Permit, Likely Killing It

Geothermal energy is poised for a big breakout

Two Dead Satellites Could’ve Collided Last Night. Thankfully, They Didn’t

This Tower Sucks Up Smog and Turns It Into Diamonds

Facebook Abandoned Drilling Equipment Beneath the Ocean Floor

Oil Companies Wonder If It’s Worth Looking for Oil Anymore

Fracking Firms Fail, Rewarding Executives and Raising Climate Fears

Decarbonization & Transportation

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For Uber and Lyft, the Rideshare Bubble Bursts

Ford Will Build 4 Factories in a Big Electric Vehicle Push

NYC approves Revel’s fleet of Tesla taxis, bringing new competition to apps

Bogota crowdsources a green transport future to hit climate goals

Could Apple be working on an electric car?

The Low-Carbon Jet Fuel Market Is Cleared for Take-Off

350PPM Pathways for Florida

Sales of new gas-powered cars banned in California by 2035

The Age of Electric Cars Is Dawning Ahead of Schedule

How to drive fossil fuels out of the US economy, quickly

Why Airlines Emissions Rise Even When They Try to Cut

Environmental Justice & DEI

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The Challenge of Diversity in the Environmental Movement

Conservationists See Rare Nature Sanctuaries. Black Farmers See a Legacy Bought Out From Under Them.

Denver Wants to Fix a Legacy of Environmental Racism

Michigan to Pay $600 Million to Victims of Flint Water Crisis

Liberal, progressive — and racist? The Sierra Club faces its white-supremacist history. Webinar: How to fight for climate justice and center racial equity

After years of legal battle and a historic grassroots resistance, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have achieved a long-sought victory.

Big Oil Is in Trouble. Its Plan: Flood Africa With Plastic.

The Built Environment, Cities & Infrastructure

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Why New York’s Subway Keeps Flooding

Amsterdam Is Embracing a Radical New Economic Theory to Help Save the Environment. Could It Also Replace Capitalism?

Central Park Is Alive With The Sound Of Music, Thanks To A Site-Specific App

30 Years After Reunification, Old German-German Border Is a Green Oasis

Climate change poses a growing threat to hundreds of hazardous waste Superfund sites

Wasteful, Damaging and Outmoded: Is It Time to Stop Building Skyscrapers?

As Concerns Over Climate Change Rise, More Developers Turn to Wood

A Climate Center on Governors Island? Could Be a Game Changer

This Southern Town Was Growing So Fast, It Passed a Ban on Growth

Supporting a greener future in Europe

Rising Seas Threaten an American Institution: The 30-Year Mortgage

Michigan dam disaster threatens major Dow toxic-chemical Superfund site.

Business, Innovation, & Corporate Social Responsibility

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At McKinsey, Widespread Furor Over Work With Planet’s Biggest Polluters

A $213 Billion Investor Targets Whole Nation Over Climate Change

Nestlé doesn’t have valid rights to water it’s been bottling, California officials say

The North Face Eyes Regenerative Cotton for Fall 2022. Who’s Next?

Mastercard Joins Net-Zero Climate Club With Audacious 2050 Goal

PepsiCo says it will reach net-zero emissions by 2040

Hedge fund billionaire Chris Hohn: ‘Asset management industry is a joke’ on climate change

Prince William launches £50million Earthshot Prize

Inside the JPMorgan Trading Desk the U.S. Called a Crime Ring

Sustainable Travel

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White Settlers Wiped Miles of Cherokee Trails Off the Map. This Man Is Reclaiming Them.

Google Maps will now help travelers find the most eco-friendly route

You Got Lost and Had to Be Rescued. Should You Pay?

Move Over, Sustainable Travel. Regenerative Travel Has Arrived.

Want more diversity in camping? Start with the gear

Conservation & Wildlife

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Growing Wildflowers Isn’t Difficult. And It’s Urgent.

California builds a ‘Noah’s Ark’ to protect wildlife from extinction by fire and heat

This “Shazam” for Birds Could Help Save Them

Angelina Jolie embraces bees—and female beekeepers as environmental guardians

A Kenyan Ecologist’s Crusade to Save Her Country’s Wildlife

The Last Two Northern White Rhinos On Earth – What will we lose when Najin and Fatu die?

How You Can Help Count and Conserve Native Bees

These are our best animal photos of 2020

One of America’s quietest places, and the valiant effort to keep it that way

The Best Live Animal Feeds From Around the World

Cronutt the sea lion, like a growing number of ocean mammals, developed seizures because of toxins in the water. Scientists hope a pioneering procedure he underwent this week could help.

The 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photography Finalists Are Delightfully Seal-y

Thousands of dying birds out West could reveal an even bigger environmental tragedy

Animal Populations Fell by 68% in 50 Years and It’s Getting Worse

10 more eggs have been harvested from the only 2 northern white rhinos left in the world

356 Elephants Died Suddenly. The Cause Is a Mystery.

Giant panda gives birth at the National Zoo

Elk Return to Kentucky, Bringing Economic Life


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SilviaTerra wants to bring the benefits of carbon offsets to every landowner everywhere

The Social Life of Forests

How AI Can Help Save Forests

Fast-Growing Mini-Forests Spring up in Europe to Aid Climate

New England’s Forests Are Sick. They Need More Tree Doctors.

Brazil Fires Burn World’s Largest Tropical Wetlands at “Unprecedented” Scale

They Know How to Prevent Megafires. Why Won’t Anybody Listen?

This horrifying California wildfires map shows 109 years of destruction in 87 seconds

Flash Forest: revolutionizing reforestation with tree-planting drones

This country regrew its lost forest. Can the world learn from it?


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Anastasia Taioglou

Ocean acidity data affirm predictions of changes to El Niño conditions

Massive oil spill sends crude onto Orange County beaches, killing birds, marine life

Scientists shocked by discovery of enormous, healthy coral

A rare yellow lobster, named Banana, has been caught off the coast of Maine

Hawaii’s Beaches Are Disappearing

These Items in Your Home Are Harming America’s Sea Animals

In ‘Lobster War,’ Indigenous Canadians Face Attacks by Fishermen

Mysterious mass die-off on Russia’s eastern coast has scientists searching for answers

There’s 14 million metric tons of microplastics sitting on the seafloor, study finds

Public Health

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America’s newest water safety challenge is something you’ve never heard of

FDA must do more to regulate thousands of chemicals added to your food

A Deadly Mosquito-Borne Illness Is Brewing in the Northeast


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The Covid Crisis Is Now a Garbage Crisis, Too

The Virus, the Bats, and Us

Unleashing the Blue Economy for economic recovery and resilience in the Eastern Caribbean

US COVID-19 Bailouts Gave Bonuses to Fossil Fuel CEOs While Workers and Planet Suffered

Jackson Hole: Where the Very Rich Fly to Hide

U.S. Plant-Based Meat Sales Growth Accelerates Despite COVID-19

Composting Has Been Scrapped. These New Yorkers Picked Up the Slack.

For researchers, a move to divert Covid-19 information from the CDC recalled the administrations treatment of climate science.

Will Cars Rule the Roads in Post-Pandemic New York?

New York as a Biking City? It Could Happen. And It Should.

Sustainable Design, Recycling & Products

Photo Credit: Ricardo Gomez Angel

Are Natural Deodorants Really Better for You?

New research reveals how airborne microplastics travel around the world

The MyPlasticDiary app helps users track where their plastic comes from, so that they are better able to cut down on its use

Apple Is Cutting Out an Obvious Source of E-Waste

Why “Biodegradable” Isn’t What You Think

Tired of Plastic? These Businesses Have Ideas for You

Can We Make Recycling Work?

Why Bioplastics Will Not Solve the World’s Plastics Problem

Sustainable Fashion

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Many of the clothes we donate to charity end up dumped in landfill, creating an environmental catastrophe on the other side of the world.

What should I do with my old clothes?

Yale – Campus News & Research

World’s biodiversity maps contain many gaps, Yale study finds

How social sciences can help tackle climate change

YPCCC Director Leiserowitz Ranks No. 2 on Reuters ‘Hot List’ of World’s Most Influential Climate Scientists

New principles regarding fossil fuels to guide Yale’s endowment

Ancient Earth may have birthed islands of life

Sloan survey gives Yale astronomers an eye in the sky

Understanding COVID-19: How Vaccines Work with Your Immune System

Electronic Waste on the Decline, New Study Finds

Yale launches the Planetary Solutions Project

Yale Achieves Gold Sustainability Rating

Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin Colleges Receive LEED Gold Certification

Introducing the Yale Sustainability Data Hub

Yale committee to propose new fossil fuel investment principles

A Vision for Yale: Science for Breakthroughs – Planetary solutions, including climate change and evolutionary response

How ‘green chemistry’ could have a big part to play in the future

New YSPH Report Raises Concerns About Climate Change and Health in Connecticut

Asphalt adds to air pollution, especially on hot, sunny days

Lighting the way for new solar fuels science

President Salovey: Caring for Our Neighbors

The Great Green Wall Status Report