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The race for EV parts leads to risky deep-ocean mining

The electric vehicle boom is driving a surge in demand for metals needed for batteries and other components. Some companies say the solution lies in mining the deep oceans. Scientists say that could irreversibly damage a vast, largely pristine ecosystem.

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Aerosols add a new wrinkle to climate change in the tropical Pacific Ocean

A new Yale study suggests that aerosols in the atmosphere may be temporarily holding down ocean temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific.
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Can retrofitting dams for hydro provide a green energy boost?

With the era of building big dams over in the U.S., a growing number of existing dams are being modified to produce hydropower. These projects, advocates say, avoid the damaging impacts of new dams and could generate enough renewable electricity for several million homes.
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Climate change responsible for recent decline of eastern monarch butterflies

The population of eastern monarch butterflies has been dropping steadily for decades, with some estimates suggesting their numbers are just 20 percent of what they once were. According to a new study, climate change is the biggest driver.

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Land grabbers: The growing assault on Brazil's Indigenous areas

Under President Jair Bolsonaro, illegal miners, loggers and ranchers are invading and occupying ever-larger amounts of Indigenous territory. Brazil’s original inhabitants are increasingly opposing these incursions, leading to conflicts and a surge in killings of local activists.
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Will Russia’s forests be an asset or an obstacle in climate fight?

New research indicating Russia's vast forests store more carbon than previously estimated would seem like good news. But scientists are concerned Russia will count this carbon uptake as an offset in its climate commitments.

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Indigenous Peruvians use smartphones to monitor deforestation

Forest loss there has been driven by illegal gold mining and logging, and by drug traffickers clearing trees to plant coca crops, which are used to make cocaine.

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Two dozen large cities produce 52 percent of urban carbon emissions

Just 25 cities globally are responsible for 52 percent of urban greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study that highlights the role that cities must play in reaching the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

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With growth of Arctic shipping, Canada must prepare for major oil spills, study says

A new study evaluates the impact of such a disaster in Canada's Rankin Inlet and finds an oil spill there would be uniquely devastating, owing to the challenge of mounting a cleanup in such a harsh environment.

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Once a rich desert river, the Gila struggles to keep flowing

Population growth, agricultural withdrawals, and, increasingly, climate change have badly diminished the Gila River and threaten its future.

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Urban refuge: How cities can help solve the biodiversity crisis

Cities have long been considered species deserts, devoid of wildlife beyond pigeons and squirrels. But with animals such as snowy owls, otters and bobcats now appearing in urban areas, scientists are recognizing that cities can play a significant role in fostering biodiversity.
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Natural protectors: Kenyan women step up to save a forest

Only a few years ago, Samburu women in northern Kenya were cutting down firewood in Kirisia forest and burning it to make charcoal. Now, those same women are directly involved in managing the forest, using it sustainably and reporting illegal activity to authorities.

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Uncovering healthcare’s hidden climate impact

The healthcare industry produces 8.5% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions as well as other forms of air pollution. Yale's Dr. Jodi Sherman says the first step to making healthcare sustainable is to understand the scope of the problem.
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Methane emissions from oil and gas exceed EPA estimates, study finds

A new study finds that the Environmental Protection Agency has severely underestimated methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas development, adding to a growing body of work showing that pollution from drilling is greater than EPA figures would suggest.

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EVs cost 40 percent less to maintain than conventional cars, energy department report says

Maintenance costs for a light-duty, battery-powered car are around 40 percent less per mile than for a gas-powered car, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory.

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Weaponization of water in South Asia

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