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[l] at 8/20/19 10:47am

Tesla announced it is launching a new option for homeowners to rent a rooftop solar system for as low as $50 a month. With no upfront installation costs or long-term contract, analysts say the move could help boost solar panel adoption in the United States, particularly among homeowners who have previously balked at the cost of solar systems.

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[l] at 8/20/19 3:00am

An exodus for jobs abroad has played an important role in the reforestation of Nepal, as rural people leave and workers send money back to their families, reducing reliance on the land. Migration has had unexpected benefits for forest recovery in other nations as well.

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[l] at 8/16/19 9:35am

The boom in U.S. shale gas and oil production may have ignited a significant global spike in methane emissions blamed for accelerating the pace of the climate crisis, according to research. Scientists at Cornell University have found that the “chemical fingerprints” of rising global methane levels point to shale oil and shale gas as the probable source.

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[l] at 8/15/19 10:45am

Putting solar panels on less than 1 percent of the world’s agricultural land could produce enough energy to fulfill global electricity demand, according to a recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports. The research also concludes that solar panels perform more efficiently in cool, breezy, and dry conditions — findings that defy the common practice of installing large solar arrays in deserts.

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[l] at 8/15/19 4:50am

Ken Sleight remembers the stunning beauty of Glen Canyon before it was flooded by a massive dam in the 1960s. Taylor Graham’s film “Seldom Seen Sleight” – winner of the Yale Environment 360 Video Contest – shows the magnificent landscape lost and offers hope it might someday be restored.

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[l] at 8/14/19 1:05pm

More than 450 non-native insects and diseases have found their way into U.S. forests, and the millions of trees killed by these pests each year contain more than 5.53 teragrams of carbon (TgC) — equal to the emissions of 4.4 million cars, or the carbon released by one-fifth of all wildfires in the U.S. annually, according to a new study.

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[l] at 8/14/19 7:08am

A cereal and beers are now being made with a new variety of perennial grain known as Kernza. Proponents say this marks a significant advance for a new agriculture that borrows from the wild prairie and could help ensure sustainable food production in a warming world.

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[l] at 8/12/19 12:30pm

The Trump administration announced it is rolling back key parts of the Endangered Species Act. The landmark regulation, which became law in 1973, has been credited with protecting hundreds of species in the United States from extinction, including the bald eagle, California condor, and the grizzly bear.

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[l] at 8/9/19 9:37am

A major underwater mountain chain in and around the Hawaiian Islands is slowly making a comeback from the damaging effects of trawling, thanks to decades of federal protection, according to a new study.

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[l] at 8/8/19 3:00am

Nearly 40 years ago, Omar Tello bought a deforested plot of land outside his small Ecuadorian city. “7 Hectares Back” – the second-place winner of the Yale Environment 360 Video Contest – tells the story of how he persevered and transformed it into a lush, thriving rainforest.

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[l] at 8/7/19 11:52am

New wind farms in the United States are increasingly installing larger, more efficient wind turbines that can generate twice as much power as older generations of turbines, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

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[l] at 8/5/19 7:00am

Over the next decade, 24 European cities with a total population of 62 million people will ban diesel vehicles, and 13 of those cities will ban all internal combustion cars by 2030, according to Bloomberg News.

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[l] at 8/5/19 3:00am

U.S. coastal cities face billions of dollars in costs for the extensive infrastructure projects needed to protect against rising seas and worsening storms. From Boston to Miami, government officials are only beginning to grasp the enormous expense of what will be required.

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[l] at 8/1/19 7:00am

The speed of climate disruption is outstripping many animals’ capacity to adapt, according to a study that warns of a growing threat to even common species such as sparrows, magpies, and deer. Scientists behind the research described the results as “alarming” because they showed a dangerous lag between a human-driven shift in the seasons and behavioral changes in the natural world.

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[l] at 8/1/19 3:00am

Indian filmmaker Ramesh Holbole focuses his lens on the drought-stricken village of Aagaswadi. His film, “Village in the Sky” – the third-place winner in the 2019 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest – captures the frustrations of the residents, who are running out of water as drought worsens.

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[l] at 7/30/19 7:00am

More than 160 activists were killed last year around the globe defending land and waterways from development — an average of three deaths per week, according to Global Witness, an environmental watchdog group. The Philippines, Colombia, and India had the highest number of murders, with 30, 24, and 23 deaths, respectively.

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[l] at 7/29/19 8:00am

A Pokémon-like card game is one of the best ways to teach people about species and ecosystems, more effective than traditional tools like books or slideshows, according to new research.

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[l] at 7/29/19 3:00am

Mongolian activist Bayarjargal Agvaantseren spearheaded the creation of the world’s first reserve for endangered snow leopards. In an e360 interview, she describes how she helped win over the local herders who once sought to kill the leopards but now patrol the reserve to protect them.

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[l] at 7/26/19 12:07pm

Scientists have discovered that trees share water through interconnected root systems with nearby stumps, keeping the almost-dead stumps alive. The findings, published in the journal iScience, are the latest addition to a growing body of research showing how trees and other organisms work collaboratively to maintain a healthy forest.

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[l] at 7/25/19 7:08am

For decades, small-scale biogas systems have collected methane from landfills, sewage plants, and farms. Now, in Europe and the U.S., the growth of this renewable form of natural gas is taking off as businesses capture large amounts of methane from manure, food waste, and other sources.

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[l] at 7/24/19 12:00pm

Monsoon rains in the U.S. Southwest have increased in intensity by as much as 11 percent since the 1970s, meaning more rain is falling in less time, according to research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The number of these rainstorms has also increased 15 percent in the last half-century.

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