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[l] at 1/28/22 10:42am
Insurance payouts for U.S. crops losses due to drought and flooding more than tripled from 1995 to 2020, according to a new analysis from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).Read more on E360 →
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[l] at 1/27/22 3:00am
Once known as the “City of Smoke,” Pittsburgh has come a long way since the days when filthy air turned downtown streets dark at mid-day. But in struggling communities near the remaining steel plants, high levels of air pollution — and the resulting health hazards — persist.Read more on E360 →
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[l] at 1/26/22 10:48am
General Motors is spending $7 billion to erect a new battery plant and overhaul an existing assembly plant to produce electric trucks. The move, which will create more than 4,000 jobs, is the "largest single investment announcement" in company history, the automaker said Tuesday.Read more on E360 →
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[l] at 1/25/22 10:31am
With parts of Europe still recovering from last summer's devastating floods, the European Central Bank (ECB) is gauging how commercial lenders would cope if flood-prone real estate were to suddenly lose nearly half of its value.Read more on E360 →
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[l] at 1/24/22 10:16am
A survey of oil and gas facilities in Texas and New Mexico revealed 30 so-called "super-emitters," which are leaking as much heat-trapping pollution as roughly half a million cars, according to a new report from Carbon Mapper and the Environmental Defense Fund.Read more on E360 →
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[l] at 1/21/22 10:59am
Air pollution may be making it harder for bees and other insects to follow the scent of flowers, reducing pollination by as much as a third, new research suggests. Read more on E360 →
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[l] at 1/20/22 5:57am
Ammonia has been widely used as a fertilizer for the last century. Now, using renewable energy and a new method for making ammonia, researchers and entrepreneurs believe "green" ammonia can become a significant clean fuel source for generating electricity and powering ships. Read more on E360 →
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[l] at 1/19/22 11:07am
Having won rights to develop wind farms off the coast of Scotland, Shell, Total, and BP are set to invest more in wind power than in oil and gas drilling in the North Sea in the years ahead, the latest evidence of oil majors changing tack on renewables to better navigate the energy transition.Read more on E360 →
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[l] at 1/18/22 3:00am
The Covid pandemic has hit African tourism and the wildlife conservation it supports extremely hard. But Indigenous-managed projects, such as the Il Ngwesi eco-lodge and conservancy run by Masaai in Kenya, have benefited by local people’s stewardship of their lands.Read more on E360 →
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[l] at 1/14/22 12:17pm
Berlin's regional parliament is considering creating a car-free zone in the German capital in response to a concerted push from a local advocacy group. The car ban would apply to the space ringed by the S-Bahn train line, which circles the city center, an area larger than Manhattan.Read more on E360 →
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[l] at 1/13/22 3:00am
Amazon Indigenous leader Juma Xipaia has fought against massive dam projects and the incursion of illegal loggers and miners onto her community’s lands. In a Yale e360 interview, she explains why what’s at stake is the survival of her people and their millennia-old way of life. Read more on E360 →
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[l] at 1/12/22 10:23am
Coal is down and oil is up according to the latest projections from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Coal plants will account for 85 percent of power capacity being retired in the U.S. this year, consistent with a long-term downward trend in coal burning, while U.S. oil output is expected to increase in 2022 and hit a new high in 2023.Read more on E360 →
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[l] at 1/11/22 3:00am
From Minnesota to the Northwest Territories, researchers are studying dramatic changes in the vast northern forests: thawing permafrost, drowned trees, methane releases, increased wildfires, and the slow transformation of these forests from carbon sinks to carbon emitters. Read more on E360 →
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[l] at 1/10/22 11:33am
2021 was the fifth-hottest year on record and close to 1.2 degrees C (2.1 degrees F) warmer than the preindustrial average, according to an analysis from the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service. The last seven years were the hottest ever "by a clear margin," the analysis found, thanks to rising concentrations of greenhouse gasses, which hit new highs last year.Read more on E360 →
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[l] at 1/7/22 11:09am
Last year, deforestation in Brazil's Cerrado region, one of the largest savannas in the world, reached its highest level since 2015, according to newly released data from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE). Following that announcement, an INPE researcher said the government would stop monitoring deforestation in the Cerrado, owing to a lack of funds.Read more on E360 →
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[l] at 1/6/22 11:16am
In France, where junk food ads must include messages imploring consumers to snack less and eat more fruits and vegetables, car ads will soon be required to include messages encouraging people to walk, bike, or take public transportation, French media report.Read more on E360 →
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[l] at 1/5/22 3:00am
Numerous startups are creating synthetic palm oil in the lab, hoping to slow the loss of tropical forests to oil palm cultivation. But palm oil is the most widely used vegetable oil, and producing a synthetic version on a large scale remains a daunting challenge. Read more on E360 →
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[l] at 1/4/22 11:30am
Beijing met state air quality standards for the first time in 2021, though it still faces high levels of pollution as it prepares to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Read more on E360 →
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[l] at 1/3/22 12:38pm
Electric cars accounted for roughly two-thirds of new sales in Norway last year, a key milestone on the country’s way to ending the sale of gas-powered cars by 2025, Reuters reported.Read more on E360 →
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[l] at 12/31/21 5:00am
NASA's Earth Observatory regularly publishes striking satellite images of our rapidly changing planet, this year showing everything from the massive fires in Greece and California to the historic floods in China and the Netherlands. These photos document the ways humans are remaking the planet, both by building dams, cities, and farms, and by fueling climate change, which, in turn, is spurring more drought, wildfires, floods, and other disasters. See how the Earth has changed in images taken over the past year.Read more on E360 →
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[l] at 12/29/21 5:00am
The renewable energy firm, Savion, is building a 200-megawatt solar installation on a former coal mine on the border of Kentucky and West Virginia. When completed, it will be the largest solar project in Kentucky.Read more on E360 →

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