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Opinion, Analysis and News - A Publication of Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
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Out of India’s Trash Heaps, A Controversy on Incineration: India is planning to burn more of its trash to generate badly needed electricity. But as the case of a waste-to-energy plant in New Delhi shows, critics are worried about lax air pollution controls and the impact of incineration on people who eke out a living picking through waste dumps. http://bit.ly/1c8UwGf
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Updated conservation list finds good news for leatherback sea turtles, but forest giraffes on brink of extinction: http://bit.ly/1fGn1lf
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A North Atlantic Mystery: Case of the Missing Whales
Endangered North Atlantic right whales are disappearing from customary feeding grounds off the U.S. and Canadian coasts and appearing in large numbers in other locations, leaving scientists to wonder if shifts in climate may be behind the changes. http://bit.ly/17QfPOz
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Large-scale solar projects are enjoying steady growth in California and the southwestern United States. But will shifting government incentives and mandates slow the expansion of this key part of the solar energy industry? http://bit.ly/1hZlJDA
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to study whether plastic pollution on a small island in the Pacific Ocean is severe enough to warrant listing it as a Superfund clean-up site. Tern Island, a 25-acre strip of land about 500 miles northwest of the Hawaiian island Oahu, is home to millions of seabirds, sea turtles, the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, and, as this photo shows, copious amounts of trash. http://bit.ly/17J1ntW
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A landmark study in 2008 condemned the way U.S. factory farms were raising cattle, pigs, and chickens. Five years later, almost nothing has changed. Robert Martin of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health discusses how the industrial agriculture lobby blunted nearly all attempts at reform. http://bit.ly/I2EXbR
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A shortage of "rare earth" metals, used in everything from electric car batteries to solar panels to wind turbines, is hampering the growth of renewable energy technologies. Researchers are now working to find alternatives to these critical elements or better ways to recycle them. http://bit.ly/17DAthR
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U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres said that coal power can be part of the solution to curbing global warming, but it would require big changes, including leaving much of the planet's existing coal reserves in the ground. Opponents say that "calling coal a clean solution is like characterising sex trafficking as marriage guidance." http://bit.ly/1ioul4s
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Scientists from Google, U.S. universities, and federal agencies have for the first time produced a high-resolution global map showing in striking detail the extent of deforestation across the globe. http://bit.ly/1d2o3HN
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is destroying six tons of elephant ivory that field agents have seized over the past 25 years. The U.S. Ivory Crush event, which will take place in Denver, Colorado, at 1:30 PM mountain time today, will mark the first time the FWS has destroyed large quantities of ivory. http://bit.ly/1bH71dq (Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher/WCS)
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