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Why Denmark Wants to Be a ‘Frontrunner’ in the Fight Against Climate ChangeDespite a small carbon footprint, Denmark is an innovator in the environmental realm. Dan Jørgensen, the country’s minister for climate, energy, and utilities, recently visited YSE to explain why the country wants to be a leader in the global fight against climate change.
Compound Hazards Pose Increased Risk to Highly Populated Regions in the HimalayaUrbanization trends in the Himalaya are exposing more people to risk from compound hazards such as flooding, landslides and wildfires, a new study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment has found.
The Social Cost of Carbon is Still the Best Way to Evaluate Climate PolicyProfessor of Economics Matthew Kotchen argues that the social cost of carbon, which accounts for the future damage that atmospheric carbon causes, is preferable to an alternative approach put forward by two prominent economists
Efficient Buildings Could Save Thousands of Lives in U.S. Every YearBuildings in the U.S. are responsible for 40% of the country’s total energy consumption. By improving the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings, the emissions generated from heating and cooling them could be reduced – preventing thousands of premature deaths every year.
Rivers Are Largest Global Source of Mercury in Coastal OceansTen rivers are responsible for half of the riverine mercury entering the world's oceans — with the Amazon River, the Ganges, and the Yangtze topping the list.
Study Finds Poor Households in India Bear Brunt of Pollution EffectsPoorer households in India are bearing a disproportional impact from pollution caused by others, a new study by Yale School of the Environment Associate Professor of Energy Systems Narasimha Rao has found.
Eli Fenichel Named to Office of Science and Technology PolicyEli Fenichel, the Knobloch Family Professor of Natural Resource Economics, has joined the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and will serve as assistant director for natural resource economics and accounting.
Cutting-Edge Wildlife Ecologist Nyeema Harris to Join YSE FacultyNyeema Harris, whose groundbreaking research explores carnivore behavior and movement, ecology and conservation in urban systems and national parks at a global scale, will join the faculty of Yale School of the Environment as associate professor of wildlife and land conservation on July 1.
Advances in Energy-Climate Change Models Will Help Refine PoliciesNarasimha Rao, associate professor of energy systems at the Yale School of the Environment (YSE) testified May 4 on climate and energy research at the Department of Energy (DOE) before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy. Rao, whose research examines the relationship between energy systems, climate change and human society, discussed the importance of more inclusive and realistic modeling to help formulate policies on climate change.
What is Driving Reductions in Residential Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the U.S.?A study led by PhD student Peter Berrill finds smarter home construction and decarbonization of electric supply are contributing to lower emissions from individual households, but troubling trends show other factors could begin to cancel out this progress.
A New Vantage Point: At Nobel Summit, YSE Professor Karen Seto Explains How Satellites Are Changing How We Understand Human ActivityKaren Seto, Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science at the Yale School of the Environment (YSE), spoke at the recent Nobel Prize Summit, a worldwide gathering of Nobel Prize laureates, scientists, policy makers, business leaders, and youth leaders.
New Horizons Conference Highlights Challenges, Emerging Voices, and Reasons for Optimism in Environmental JusticeMore than 880 people attended the conference, which celebrated the work of people of color across the fields of environmentalism and conservation, while also exploring how justice, inequality and environment are connected.
Aquatic Ecosystems Source of Half of Global Methane EmissionsThe global contribution and importance of aquatic ecosystems as methane emitters has been underestimated, says Judith Rosentreter, postdoctoral associate at the Yale School of the Environment.
Proposed Infrastructure Plan Provides Opportunities for Green InnovationsKen Gillingham, associate professor of environmental and energy economics at the Yale School of the Environment, assesses the climate-focused initiatives embedded in Biden Administration’s $2 trillion infrastructure package.
Turning Wood Into PlasticA research team, led by YSE professor Yuan Yao and Liangbing Hu from the University of Maryland, has created a high-quality bioplastic from wood byproducts that they hope can solve one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues.
Fossil Fuel Companies Benefit from Inefficient Pricing on Climate and Health ConsequencesFossil fuel producers in the U.S. are directly benefiting from implicit subsidies on the order of $62 billion a year because of inefficient pricing that doesn’t properly account for the costs of damages to the environment, climate, and human health.
The Dirt on Crop InsuranceA new study from YSE researchers investigates the complex world of crop insurance, suggesting a simple adjustment in determining insurance premiums could be beneficial to both farmers and insurers in the face of increased extreme weather events.
Karen Seto Spotlighted for Earth Observation ResearchKaren Seto, Yale School of the Environment (YSE) Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography Urbanization, has been named one of 15 leading women in machine learning for Earth observation by Radiant Earth Foundation for her research of global importance.
Haaland DOI Nomination Provides Opportunities to Advance Environmental JusticeGerald Torres, professor of Environmental Justice at the Yale School of the Environment, weighs in on the nomination of New Mexico Representative Deb Haaland to be the next Department of the Interior Secretary.
Study Finds Americans Went Out More after Face Mask MandatesFace masks mandates have led people to spend less time at home, but whether this has exposed Americans to more risk is still a question, according to a new study published Thursday in Scientific Reports.
Study Reveals Gender Imbalance in Scholarly Submissions During PandemicA study of submissions to a major peer-reviewed academic journal conducted by YSE Professor Michelle Bell and postdoctoral associate Kelvin C. Fong revealed a concerning imbalance in submissions by gender.
The Outsider’s AdvantageDr. Dorceta Taylor ’85 MFS, ’91 PhD, who joined the YSE faculty in July as a full professor, on why she was excited to return to Yale and her kinship with the celebrated environmentalist Rachel Carson.
Creating ‘Public Will’ for Climate ActionAnthony Leiserowitz, the 2020 winner of Climate One’s Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Change Communication, weighs in on the ever-growing field of climate change communication and how the Biden administration has a “pathway” to achieve meaningful climate action.
Five YSE Faculty Members Make ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ ListYSE faculty members Michelle Bell, Mark Bradford, Karen Seto, Peter Raymond and Anthony Leiserowitz were recognized by Clarivate Analytics for their published papers from the past decade being among the most cited in their field.
Brodersen Receives Generous Gift to Support Research on How We Build More Resilient PlantsYSE Professor Craig Brodersen has received a $2.5 million gift from The Howard and Maryam Newman Family Plant Research Fund, which will support his innovative research and collaborative work on the coordination between plant anatomy and physiology.
Bell Elected to the Prestigious National Academy of MedicineMichelle Bell, the Mary E. Pinchot Professor of Environmental Health at YSE, was elected today to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
Researchers Find Increases in Nitrous Oxide Emissions, Outpacing Global PredictionsIn a recent study, a team of researchers — including YSE professor Peter Raymond and postdoctoral fellow Taylor Maavara — show nitrous oxide emissions are increasing at a “devastating” rate, faster than predictions introduced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The Pandemic Has Dramatically Changed Rural Attitudes toward GovernmentA new Yale-led study found that the Covid-19 pandemic may have at least temporarily altered some historical anti-government attitudes that tend to be stronger in rural communities, particularly in the West.
Helping Companies Avoid ‘One Size Fits All’ Approach to Sustainability Solutions
Wherever the Sun Shines: Bringing Solar to Low- and Middle-income CommunitiesA new guidebook based on research by YSE scholars offers a roadmap for installing rooftop solar panels in communities that are often overlooked when it comes to promoting renewable energy solutions.
Integrity of PurposeGerald Torres, who joined the Yale School of the Environment faculty in January as a professor of environmental justice, talks about two pivotal events in his career that continue to inform and inspire his work and teaching on environmental and social justice.
The Urban EffectOver the past few decades, it has become increasingly clear that the existence and growth of cities are significantly linked to environmental issues. At the Yale School of the Environment, where a new urban specialization will be added this fall, nearly every member of the faculty is doing something that relates to the urban environment.
‘You Can’t Be a Forester without Understanding Chad’s Work’The idea that forests are dynamic systems — that disturbance is the norm — might seem obvious now. But that's only because it was demonstrated by Professor Chad Olive, one of the many ways the retiring professor has impacted forestry and forest education throughout his 45-year career.
Paradise Lost or Found?For his new book, “Billionaire Wilderness,” Professor Justin Farrell spent five years in Teton County, Wyoming — the richest county in the U.S. and the one with the greatest income inequality. In an interview, he talks about what he learned about wealth concentration and environmental conservation in this corner of the rapidly changing American West.
Red Lights to Green Lights: Toward an Innovation-Oriented Sustainability StrategyIn the 20th century, environmental policy centered on telling people what not to do. Daniel Esty makes the case that we need to move people away from traditional, top-down regulations and toward a system of incentives that promote innovation and problem solving.
Building Public and Political Will for Climate Change ActionOne important means to achieve meaningful reductions in carbon emissions is government policy, yet there remains a critical lack of ‘political will’ for climate action. One important influence on government leaders is engaged citizens who demand action, says YSE’s Anthony Leiserowitz.
Science as a Foundation for Policy: The Case of FrackingSome research on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on public health has yielded unexpected results — including findings that some expected risks have not materialized. The history of fracking offers important lessons on the proper role of science in environmental policy.
Supporting Research in the Tropics During the COVID EraEach year the Tropical Resources Institute sends students across the world to conduct research in the world’s tropical regions. This year, of course, is not like most years.
New Study Examines Whether COVID-19 Virus Has Entered Rivers and StreamsYale researchers are studying whether the COVID-19 virus is present in streams and rivers, a first step to determine if it could then be transmitted through rivers and streams to humans.
Decline in Green Energy Spending Might Offset COVID-Era Emissions BenefitsResearchers have documented short-term environmental benefits during the COVID-19-related lockdown, but that silver lining could be far outweighed by a long-term decline in clean energy investments, a new Yale-led study finds.
Dorceta Taylor, Preeminent Environmental Justice Scholar, to Join the F&ES FacultyDorceta Taylor ’85 M.F.S., ’91 Ph.D., one of the nation’s preeminent scholars in the field of environmental justice, has been named full professor at the Yale School of the Environment.
What Does Sustainability Look Like? New Global Scorecard Will Offer a GlimpseOn June 4, the 2020 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) will issue its 12th biennial ranking of 180 countries on how they are performing in terms of environmental health and ecosystem vitality. In an interview, Dan Esty discusses how over the past two decades the EPI has offered a roadmap for sustainability policy.
Hybrid Vigor: Forest School Builds on Historic Strengths — and Creates New OpportunitiesOn July 1, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies will be known as the Yale School of the Environment. Simultaneously, we will establish The Forest School at the Yale School of the Environment in recognition of the ongoing importance of forestry. The new Forest School builds upon Yale’s traditional strength — and creates exciting new opportunities.
Rising Star in Industrial Ecology
Yuan Yao, whose research examines the environmental and economic impacts of emerging technologies and industrial processes, has been named assistant professor of industrial ecology and sustainable systems at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
Joins F&ES Faculty
Forum on Religion and Ecology Launches Partnership with UN Environment ProgrammeA new partnership between the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology and the UNEP’s “Faith for Earth” initiative will highlight the moral and practical contributions of the world’s religions to addressing the planet’s mounting environmental challenges.
When Disaster Strikes Locally, Urban Networks Spread the Damage GloballyDisasters that occur in one place can trigger costs in cities across the world due to the interconnectedness of the global urban trade network. In fact, these secondary impacts can be three times greater than the local impacts, a Yale study finds.
Will Politicization of COVID-19 Crisis Erode National Consensus On Response?A new survey on public perceptions of the COVID-19 crisis found a national consensus that protecting public health should come ahead of opening the economy. But that dynamic could change quickly as the issue — like climate change — becomes increasingly politicized, Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communications, says in an interview.
As ‘Ultra Wealthy’ Seek Shelter in Quiet Western Town, Deeper Tensions Laid BareIn his new book, “Billionaire Wilderness,” Justin Farrell explores a growing tension in Teton County, Wyoming, as the ultra-wealthy buy up huge swaths of land. These tensions have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis, he writes this week in The New York Times.
New Values: Online Yale Summit to Explore Shift in Corporate SustainabilityOn Wednesday, the CEOs of seven leading organizations will join the online Yale Business Sustainability Summit to discuss the role of corporations in achieving a more sustainable future. In advance of the event, we talked with Daniel Esty, professor of environmental law and policy at Yale and co-organizer of the event, about how the role of business has changed over the past five decades.
EPA Rollback of Mercury Rule Relies on Flawed Analysis, Yale Economist AssertsAn attempt by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to roll back federal limits on mercury emissions ignores important public health benefits, an economist at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies writes in a new paper. And it could set a dangerous precedent.
Spring Comes to Yale-Myers ForestWhile the coronavirus crisis has kept many F&ES students and researchers away from Yale-Myers Forest this spring, Joseph Orefice ’09 M.F., a lecturer and director of forest and agricultural operations at F&ES, takes you there in a series of videos.
The Benefits and Tradeoffs of Social DistancingFor more than a decade Eli Fenichel has studied the benefits and challenges of using social distancing in the face of an epidemic. In an interview, he discusses what that research revealed, how it is applicable to the current global crisis, and how the COVID-19 threat might strengthen future research and response to other global threats.
Energy Choices Can Be Contagious – But Why? New Insights Into Peer InfluenceA growing body of research shows that the behavior of peers has a significant influence on an individual’s energy-related decisions, whether it’s choosing to install solar panels or to purchase a hybrid vehicle. In short, personal energy choices can be contagious.
Can Wood Construction Transform Cities From Carbon Source to Carbon Vault?A new Yale study predicts that a transition to timber-based wood products in the construction of new housing, buildings, and infrastructure would not only offset enormous amounts of carbon emissions related to concrete and steel production — it could turn the world's cities into a vast carbon sink.
A Decent Living, A Livable PlanetNarasimha Rao has spent much of his career showing that poverty in the developing world can be eradicated without making climate change worse. Now he wants those insights to be translated into real policy.
Welcome to PerspectivesTo solve “wicked problems,” a group of Yale students is learning how to think differently in a unique new course.
Pedal PowerA group of Yale professors are using bicycles to measure heat stress in New Haven.
Professional SymbiosisOver the past three decades Marian Chertow has advanced the growing field of industrial ecology across the world — and inspired generations of Yale students to assert themselves as leaders of the field.
Global Urban Growth Typified
An F&ES analysis of 478 cities with populations of more than 1 million people finds that urban growth across the world is predominantly moving outward rather than upward, a trend that is generally considered inefficient and unsustainable.
By Suburbs, Not Skyscrapers
Environmental Justice Conference
The day-long Global Environmental Justice Conference brought emerging scholars from around the world and from across disciplines to discuss how scholarship, social justice, and environmental management can be effectively integrated.
Brings Emerging Scholars to F&ES
Gerald Torres, a Pioneering Scholar in
Gerald Torres, an acclaimed global scholar of environmental law, critical race theory, and federal Indian law, has been named full professor of environmental justice at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES).
Field of Environmental Justice, Joins F&ES
How Much Energy Do We Really Need?Two fundamental goals of humanity are to eradicate poverty and reduce climate change, but achieving these goals will involve trade-offs. New research by Narasimha Rao of F&ES provides insights into these tradeoffs — including the tools needed to relate basic needs directly to resource use.
For Some Urban Areas, Warming
Urban expansion will cause the average summer temperature in these areas to increase about 0.5 to 0.6 degrees C by midcentury — but up to 3 degrees C in some locations, according to a new F&ES study.
Climate is Only Half the Threat
Finding Common Ground for Scientists and Policymakers on Soil Carbon and Climate ChangeIn an opinion published in Nature Sustainability, a group of scientists argue that public debate about the role of soil carbon in battling climate change is undermining the potential for policymakers to implement policies that build soil carbon for other environmental and agricultural benefits.
Yale Conservationist Honored for Strides
Over several years in Rwanda, Bill Weber developed a conservation strategy that has strengthened mountain gorilla populations by putting local people at the center of the effort. Weber, who has applied these principles in regions worldwide, was recently nominated for the prestigious Indianapolis Prize.
In Human-Centered Wildlife Protection
Farrell Testifies Before U.S. Lawmakers on
In testimony before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, F&ES Prof. Justin Farrell described a decades-old “well-coordinated and well-funded” movement intended to deceive the American people about the reality of climate change.
Dark Money and Climate Misinformation
To Tackle Environmental Threats, New
Effective strategies to confront the vast environmental threats facing the planet require a new way of talking about these challenges — and who is invited to the conversation — panelists said last week during an event in Washington, D.C. hosted by the Yale Environmental Dialogue.
Thinking — and More Voices — Needed
A Better Planet: New Book Offers
The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies this week released a book, “A Better Planet: 40 Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future,” in which dozens of experts share their suggestions for tackling global environmental challenges.
Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future
YED Explores ‘Big Ideas’ as Kickoff
The Yale Environmental Dialogue, an F&ES-based initiative that aims to add new energy to the national conversation about environmental issues, hosted an event at the Yale Club of New York to kick off Climate Week NYC.
To Climate Week in New York City
Chertow Awarded Society Prize for Impacts on Field of Industrial EcologyMarian Chertow, associate professor of industrial environmental management at F&ES, has received the International Society for Industrial Ecology’s Society Prize, awarded for “outstanding contributions to the field of industrial ecology.”
Study to Examine Human-Robot Collaboration to Reduce Recycling ‘Bottleneck’During a four-year study, funded by the National Science Foundation, researchers will examine whether a collaboration between humans and robots can improve the efficiency and profitability of the world’s threatened recycling sector.
Will Marshland Keep up With Rising Seas? Study Finds Clues in the SedimentA new Yale-led study describes a novel methodology that tracks the inland movement of marshland by analyzing for microscopic fossils in the sediment, a process that might provide important insights into the future of these vulnerable coastal ecosystems.
Water Scarcity and Inflexible Demand
A new analysis of global water usage, co-authored by Yale’s Julie Zimmerman, builds on existing research on where carbon is embedded in the global energy infrastructure.
Puts World’s River Basins at Risk
Seto Receives National Honor for Outstanding Contributions to Remote Sensing ResearchKaren Seto, a professor of geography and urbanization science at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), this month received the Outstanding Contributions to Remote Sensing Research award from the American Association of Geographers.
How Inland Waters ‘Breathe’ Carbon
A new Yale study reveals important insights into the factors that influence the release of greenhouse gases from rivers and streams, including a key relationship between storm events, ecology, and topography in moderating this release.
– And What it Means for Global Systems
Comita Receives NSF CAREER Award for
Liza Comita, an assistant professor of tropical forest ecology at F&ES, has received a prestigious award from the National Science Foundation that will support her research into the factors that shape the rich and persistent biological diversity in the world’s tropical forests.
Research on Diversity of Tropical Forests
Mark Ashton Honored by New England Society of American ForestersMark Ashton ’85 M.F., ’90 Ph.D., the Morris K. Jesup Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology, was named the sixth recipient of the 2019 David M. Smith Award by the New England Society of American Foresters at the group’s winter meeting in March. The
The Complicated Future of
In recent years the U.S. Department of Energy laid out an ambitious plan to grow the U.S. offshore wind sector. In a new paper, Yale researchers make the case that it might not be as easy as it seems.
Offshore Wind Power in the U.S.
For F&ES Scholars, Africa Trip Offers
During a recent trip to a research center in central Kenya, three F&ES faculty members — including Dean Indy Burke — discovered the potential for long-term collaboration that could re-shape the experience for the next generation of F&ES students and scholars.
Glimpse of Partnership Opportunities
Landmark Report Finds Urban Natural
Researchers at F&ES have partnered with the Natural Areas Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land on a first-of-its-kind report on how U.S. cities manage urban natural forests — critical greenspaces that they found are frequently lacking the proper resources.
Forests Require Greater Management
Fishing for Fun, Not Food: Paper Takes
A new paper co-led by Yale economist Eli Fenichel argues that decision-makers and fishing organizations must recognize the growing role of recreational fishing and the potential pressures it places on fish stocks.
Stock of Recreational Fishing Impacts
‘Specialized’ Microbes Within Plant Species Promote Diversity, Study FindsA Yale-led research team conducted an experiment that suggests microbes can specialize within plant species, which can promote plant species diversity and increased seed dispersal.
Climate Change in Connecticut’s ‘Quiet Corner’The F&ES-based Quiet Corner Initiative’s first-ever winter seminar brought the impacts of a warming world to northeastern Connecticut
As Experts Examine Tropical Change,
During the 25th annual conference of the Yale Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters, calligrapher Heather Leavitt Martinez captured each session’s dynamic, interweaving themes as they unfolded. View a gallery.
An Artist Creates a Living Document
Bell, Lauenroth Elected to Connecticut
Michelle Bell, a professor of environmental health at F&ES, and William Lauenroth, a drylands ecologist and professor in the practice at F&ES, have been elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.
Academy of Science and Engineering
Rwanda Had Different Plans: Yale
Partners with Environmental ‘Rising Star’
Rwanda has become a global leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship. A new reciprocal partnership between Yale and the African nation will create opportunities for collaborative teaching and research, foster an exchange of resources, and allow Yale students to study, intern, and conduct research in Rwanda.
Common Policy Premise on Link Between
While many policy initiatives assume that increasing “soil organic matter” will improve soil health, there’s surprisingly little evidence that this strategy will actually improve crop output. A new paper by Yale scientists affirms that this strategy will improve yields — up to a point.
Soil and Crop Yield is Valid – to a Point
Research Reveals Strategies for
Nowhere has the impact of scientific misinformation been more profound than on the issue of climate change, where a well-funded network has coalesced around the goal of undercutting the legitimacy of climate science. But as a new paper illustrates, an emerging field of research is providing new insights into this critical dynamic.
Combating Science Misinformation
Yale Economist on Flaws, Big and Small,
In an interview, Kenneth Gillingham, a Yale economist and co-author of a new Science paper on the Trump administration's proposed fuel economy rollbacks, describes some of the flaws with the plan — and what it would take to pass fuel efficiency standards that are grounded in sound economic theory.
In Trump’s Fuel Economy Rollback Plan
New Environmental Ethics: 20 Years of
As the F&ES-based Forum on Religion and Ecology celebrates 20 years, we sit down with co-founder Mary Evelyn Tucker, who describes the growing global awareness of the relationship between the world’s religious and spiritual traditions and it can help humankind solve its environmental challenges.
The Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology
New Yale Online Certificate Programs
In 2019, two centers based at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies will introduce new online certificate programs that allow emerging professionals in countries across the world to access Yale’s faculty, training materials, and networks.
Target Emerging Professionals Worldwide
Missing the Forest for the Trees: NYC Forest Inventory Paints Unexpected PictureThere are still forests in New York City, and we’re not talking about Central Park. A surprising new study led by Yale researchers reveals that the natural forested areas of America’s largest city are largely native, healthy, and productive.
New Algorithm Provides a More
Urban areas are warmer than the adjacent undeveloped land, a phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect. A new interactive map developed by Yale researchers gives us the most detailed look yet at these “urban heat islands” across the world.
Detailed Look at Urban Heat Islands
Yale Environmental Dialogue Aims to
The Yale Environmental Dialogue, an F&ES initiative that aims to inject new energy and fresh thinking into the national conversation about sustainability related issues, recently hosted the first in a series of national events.
Inform Public Debate and Policy
Three F&ES Faculty Make ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ ListProfessors Michelle Bell, Mark Bradford, and Karen Seto were three of 6,000 researchers worldwide to be recognized by Clarivate Analytics for their published papers from the past decade being among the most cited in their field.
Editing Nature: A Call for Careful
For all the promise of gene editing technologies, there remain profound concerns about the potential unintended consequences of releasing gene-edited organisms into the environment. In Science, a Yale-led team argues for new global governance to assure a neutral and informed evaluation of these benefits and risks.
Oversight of Environmental Gene Editing
‘Cryptic’ Interactions Drive Biodiversity
The fragmentation of tropical forests weakens the effects of the ”natural enemies” of some tree species, reducing their ability to maintain biodiversity, a new Yale-led study found.
Decline Near the Edge of Forest Fragments
Want to Nudge Others to Install Solar?
A new study confirms that when it comes to convincing consumers to install solar panels, one factor stands out above all others: whether the individuals advocating this choice practice what they preach.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
F&ES Scientist Contributes to Alarming
Professor Edgar Hertwich contributed to a major report on climate change from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which predicts that crisis-level drought, food shortages, and coastal erosion could happen within the next 20 years.
IPCC Report on Looming Climate Costs
From Research to Carbon Charge, Nobel Prize Winner Has Deep Influence at F&ESThis week William Nordhaus, Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale, won the Nobel Prize. At the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where he holds a secondary appointment, his research and teaching have influenced and inspired generations of scholars.
At F&ES, Rwanda Official Makes Case for
During a visit to F&ES, the Rwandan Minister of Environment said a strengthened Montreal Protocol reflects the importance of a close relationship between policymakers and scientists.
Stronger Policy-Academic Partnership
Where Does Our Trash Go? Study Picks
New Yale research provides an insightful new measurement of just what is found in the more than 200 million tons of waste discarded each year in the U.S.
Through Pieces — and Value — of Waste
Energy, Identity, and Rural America:
Justin Farrell, an assistant professor of sociology at F&ES, has received a prestigious award from the National Science Foundation that will support his research on how a long-term shift in the U.S. energy sector is changing the nation’s rural communities.
Research Earns Farrell NSF Career Award
Why are Tropical Forests so Diverse? New
A new Yale study affirms a long-held hypothesis that the presence of specialized ‘natural enemies’ promotes tropical biodiversity. Except when it doesn‛t.
Study Examines Role of ‘Natural Enemies’
Narasimha Rao, Global Energy Scholar, Named Assistant Professor of Energy SystemsNarasimha Rao, whose research examines the relationship between energy systems, climate change, and human society, has been appointed asssitant professor of energy systems analysis at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
RFF Awards Yale Collaboration Examining
An interdisciplinary collaboration between two professors from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies that aims to define the “value” of satellite-based earth observations has received a $100,000 award from Resources for the Future (RFF).
the ‘Value’ of Remote Sensing in Himalaya
Community Stormwater Partnership Receives National Environmental AwardA community partnership including the Yale-based Urban Resources Initiative (URI) that has helped the city of New Haven tackle the challenge of stormwater runoff has received a prestigious award from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Drought and Tree Mortality: Science
New research on the inner workings of trees and plants is providing clarity on just how vulnerable these living organisms are to the effects of climate change. In an interview, Craig Brodersen, a pioneer in this emerging field, describes how a warmer — and drier — climate threatens the world’s trees and forests.
Reveals Harsh Future for World’s Forests
Two F&ES-led Teams Receive Leitner
F&ES this week announced the winners of the first Leitner Awards for Uncommon Environmental Collaborations, a grant fund that promotes collaborations for environmental teaching and research across the Yale campus.
Grants for ‘Uncommon’ Collaborations
Safer by Design: ‘Meta’ Review Examines
Two decades after Paul Anastas introduced the 12 principles of green chemistry, a new review paper by Anastas and other Yale researchers documents the range of scientific research and innovation that have emerged from those principles.
Expanding Branches of Green Chemistry
Yale Climate Communication Program Receives National Innovation HonorAnthony Leiserowitz and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication have received a prestigious national award for their work developing new statistical methodology to understand and map public opinion on climate change at state and local levels across the nation.
By 5:1 Ratio, Americans Think Global Warming is Happening, New Survey FindsA new national survey co-led by Yale researchers finds that a large majority of Americans think global warming is happening — outnumbering those who don’t by 5 to 1.
Does Metal Use Slow When a Country’s Wealth Grows? Maybe Not, Study ShowsIn a new study, a Yale-led team of researchers found that GDP remains intrinsically linked with metal use even as affluence grows — a relationship that might threaten long-term global access to critical metals and hopes for a low-carbon future.
Burke, Seto Elected to Connecticut Academy of Science and EngineeringIngrid C. “Indy” Burke, a professor of ecosystem ecology and F&ES dean, and Karen C. Seto, a professor of geography and urbanization science at F&ES, have beenelected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.
New Grant Opportunities Promote
A newly funded grant opportunity will promote environmental collaborations for teaching and research across Yale University.
Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching
Taking the Long View: U.S. Scientists
A new Yale-led study provides a detailed glimpse into how the U.S. ecological community views the direction of long-term research and its critical role in the advancement of knowledge.
Affirm Value of Long Term Research
Coalition to Improve Sustainability in
A new Connecticut initiative is bringing together tools and resources from across the state — including expertise from F&ES — to help the state’s cities and towns adopt more sustainable practices.
Connecticut Taps into Yale Expertise
Climate Benefits of Wind and Solar
Even low-carbon energy technologies like solar cells and wind power plants have associated greenhouse gas emissions, but those impacts pale in comparison with the emissions prevented by the displacement of fossil fuel sources, a new study co-authored by a Yale researcher finds.
Outweigh Costs of ‘Hidden’ Emissions
Raymond and Seto Elected AAAS FellowsThe American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected Peter Raymond and Karen Seto, two F&ES faculty members as AAAS fellows in recognition of their contributions to science.
At Bonn, Data Driven Yale Wins Award
A team from Data-Driven Yale, an F&ES-based project working at the intersection of data science and policy, was awarded the UN Data for Climate Action Challenge’s inaugural award for linking climate change to sustainable development goals.
in UN Data for Climate Action Contest
Yale at COP23: On the Ground in BonnForty members of the Yale community, including faculty, alumni, and 35 students from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), will be in Bonn, Germany this month for the UN Climate Change Conference, also known as COP23.
Yale-Led Study to Examine
A research team led by F&ES Professor Michelle Bell has received a $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine environmental health disparities within the U.S. senior population.
Health Disparities in Senior Population
Can Science Keep Up with Growth of
In a Special Feature of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, edited by Yale Professor Karen C. Seto, some of the field’s leading thinkers examine the growing implications of global urbanization trends, including their impacts on resource use, potential environmental tradeoffs, and human wellbeing.
The World’s ‘Mega-Urban’ Areas?
Is Fracking a Threat to Public Health?
In an interview, F&ES Prof. James Saiers describes the health concerns historically associated with fracking and how a new Yale research project could provide important insights into whether there is a link between unconventional drilling and adverse birth outcomes.
Yale Scientists Aim to Provide Answers
Conference Shines Light on Town-Gown- Inspired Advances in Urban SustainabilityAcross the U.S. some of the most successful sustainability-related projects are the fruits of partnerships between cities and universities. A one-day conference at Yale will highlight some of these success stories — and provide insights into how they might be replicated elsewhere.
Yale Economist: Trump Water Rule
The economic analysis conducted by the Trump administration to justify revoking the Waters of the U.S. rule falls short of a defensible and consistent basis, a Yale economist writes this week in Science. The implications go beyond weakening the Clean Water Act — it could undermine the credibility of economic studies conducted by federal agencies.
Ignores Millions of Dollars in Benefits
The Challenge of Creating
In the last decade the Chinese government has realized the need to create not just a prosperous and technologically sophisticated society but an “ecological civilization” based on its cultural and religious traditions. In the sacred mountains of Henan, Yale Professor Mary Evelyn Tucker recently participated in the Songshan Forum, an annual meeting that has become part of this effort.
‘Ecological Civilization’ in China
Newly Rebuilt Yale Myers Camp
The Yale Myers Forest, the flagship of the Yale School Forest system, unveils its newly rebuilt camp this week at their annual Harvest Festival. The buildings honor the traditional look and feel of the old camp, which was destroyed in a catostrphic fire Memorial Day weekend 2016.
Showcased at Annual Harvest Festival
Honors for Anastas Include Lifetime
Professor Paul Anastas, a pioneer in the field of green chemistry, in recent months was named recipient of two major honors, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Achievement Award from U.S. EPA
Report: Latinos Want Action on Climate ChangeA new national study finds that Latinos in the United States are more convinced global warming is happening and human-caused than their non-Latino counterparts. They are also more worried about it, supportive of climate change policies, and willing to take political action. Further, Spanish-language Latinos are more engaged with the issue than English-language Latinos.
Yale and WBCSD Announce Collaboration
Recognizing the critical role that private capital flows will play in moving society toward a more sustainable future, Yale has launched an academic effort to provide high-quality research on the flow of capital into sustainability-oriented projects and sustainable companies.
to Improve Corporate Reporting
Esty-Led Panel Highlights ‘Bottom-Up’
An international climate gathering in New York City this week was kicked off by a panel, moderated by F&ES Prof. Dan Esty, which showcased “bottom-up” strategies delivering transformative change across the U.S. and the world.
Solutions in Climate Week NYC Kickoff
Paris Climate Talks Chair Headlines
The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies on Sunday, Sept. 17 will host former French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius during the inaugural Yale Environmental Dialogue (YED).
Inaugural Yale Environmental Dialogue
Cities Aren’t Ready for Weather Extremes
Xuhui Lee, a professor of meteorology at F&ES, says that it’s difficult to link climate change to two recent hurricanes that devastated parts of the U.S. and the Caribbean. But decades of scientific research do suggest that weather extremes such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will become more common — and cities will pay a steep price.
— No Matter What You Call Them
Yale-Inspired Connecticut Green Bank
The Connecticut Green Bank, a first-of-its-kind model for green financing first conceptualized at Yale, has been awarded the 2017 Innovation in American Government Award from Harvard’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
Wins National Award for Innovation
‘I Came Here to Teach’: Forestry Professor
Ann Camp ‘90 M.F.S. recently retired from F&ES where she served as a lecturer and research scientist for nearly 17 years.
Camp Retires After 17 Years at F&ES
Even in Polarized U.S., Sequel to Gore Climate Doc Has Potential to Engage MillionsThe long-awaited sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth” arrives at a time when the U.S. is even more polarized on climate change than it was a decade ago. Nonetheless, a Yale researcher who studies public opinion on climate change says the film, if done well, has the potential to engage millions of Americans.
Holistic Management Makes
A Yale-led study puts a price on ecosystems by recognizing the value of a “natural capital” asset — in this case, fish in the Baltic Sea — and connecting it with holistic ecosystem management to calculate asset values for the interacting parts of an ecosystem.
Ecosystems Healthier, People Wealthier
Yale Excavation in Syria Continues to
In the 1970s Yale archaeologist Harvey Weiss began excavating an ancient city in present day Syria that would reveal critical insights into the world’s first cities. Although the site is now sealed off from research due to the country’s civil war, it continues to yield important discoveries — including the agricultural strategies of the earliest civilizations.
Reveal Secrets of World’s Earliest Cities
Environmental Challenges Require
In an essay published in BioScience, a group of 22 environmental leaders — including three from F&ES — challenge the academic community to make “institutional innovations” to better address the challenges of our time.
‘New Kind of Science’ from Academia
Gladiator Games: In Nature’s Showdowns, Biodiversity Shields Weaker CompetitorsA new Yale-led study of fungi competition illustrates that maintaining a diverse collection of species indeed not only safeguards weaker species but also protects the genetic diversity of the larger community.
Seto Elected to the Prestigious
The National Academy of Sciences, considered the most prestigious scientific society in the U.S., has elected Yale Prof. Karen C. Seto as a member in recognition of her distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
National Academy of Sciences
Global Project Will Help Promote
The F&ES-based Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale has entered into a three-year global collaboration that will promote the principles and implementation of green chemistry in low- and middle-income countries.
Green Chemistry in Developing Countries
Scientists Brace for Potential Federal
Federal funding has long played a key role in supporting scientific research to improve human health and the environment. But since the onset of the Trump administration, concerned scientists at F&ES have wondered about the future fate of research funding.
Research Cuts, Regulatory Shifts
Dean’s Conversation: Energy Specialist on Tough Choices and Possible SolutionsDavid Lawrence, a global energy consultant and former Shell executive, will be the guest in the next Dean’s Conversation on Thursday, April 20. The title of his talk is “The World Needs More Energy and Less CO2: Tough Questions, Hard Choices and Possible Solutions.
Lyme Disease Imposes Large Cost
In a new study, Yale researchers find that perceived risks of contracting Lyme disease on average cause a person in the Northeast to forego eight 73-minute outdoor trips per year, exacting a total cost roughly $2.8 billion to $5 billion annually in the densely populated region.
On the Northeast United States
Major Science Organizations Honor
Two major U.S. science organizations recently honored Karen C. Seto, professor of geography and urbanization science and Associate Dean for Research at F&ES, for her work on understanding urban land systems.
Seto For Work on Urban Land Systems
Drought Linked With Health Risks in Older Adults, Yale-Led Study ShowsA Yale-led analysis of health claims in 22 U.S. states found that severe drought conditions increased the risk of mortality — and, in some cases, cardiovascular disease — among adults 65 or over.
Program Empowering Leaders in Tropics
The Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative, an F&ES-based program that makes the latest tools and research in forest restoration and sustainable management accessible to the people who manage tropical landscapes, has received a $4.9 million grant from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing, to continue its work.
Receives $4.9 Million Grant from Arcadia
Return to RwandaF&ES Professors Amy Vedder and Bill Weber have worked on dozens of conservation projects across the globe. But they are best known for their efforts to conserve mountain gorillas in Rwanda, a place where they still bring Yale students every year.
Yale Economist: Trump Order Unlikely
President Trump today ifted a moratorium on the federal coal leasing program, predicting that it will create new jobs and reduce U.S. reliance on foreign energy sources. The order will do neither, predicts Kenneth Gillingham, a Yale economics professor who has published extensive research on the program.
To Alter Tightening U.S. Coal Market
Raymond Elected to Connecticut
Peter Raymond, a professor of ecosystem ecology at F&ES, this week was elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.
Academy of Science and Engineering
YPCCC Wins Friend of the Planet AwardThe Yale Program on Climate Change Communication this week received a Friend of the Planet award from the National Center for Science Education.
Lauenroth Named 2017 Fellow by
William Lauenroth, a Professor in the Practice at F&ES and pioneer in the field of drylands ecology, has been named a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America for his contributions to research and discovery.
Ecological Society of America
Yale to Help Guide National Institute on
F&ES researchers will play a lead role in a new U.S.-funded consortium that will aim to improve the energy efficiency of the nation’s industrial manufacturing processes.
Improving Industrial Energy Efficiency
Ucross Symposium Addresses
The symposium, Ranching with Carnivores: Modern Perspectives on Coexistence, held this week at F&ES, will bring together a range of perspectives from people working to balance livelihoods with conservation of the West’s most iconic predators.
Complexities of Ranching with Carnivores
Mark Bradford, Soil and Ecosystem
Mark Bradford, an expert in soil and ecosystem science at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, was recently promoted to full professor with tenure.
Science Expert, Promoted to Full Professor
Center for Earth Observation Turns 25
At a time when Earth information is “more important than ever,” the Yale Center for Earth Observation is marking 25 years as the only Yale center exclusively devoted to remote sensing.
Amidst ‘Golden Age’ of Remote Sensing
Survey: Record Number of Americans
A nationally representative survey conducted shortly after the presidential election finds that the number of Americans “very worried” about global warming has reached a record high (19 percent), since first measured in 2008.
‘Very Worried’ About Global Warming
Himalaya Study Eyes How Urban Shifts
In a new study, Yale researchers will use remote sensing data to assess changes in urban settlements across the Himalayan region — and how those shifts have affected land use, the frequency and magnitude of natural disasters, and just how sensitive the region’s socio-economic systems are to these stressors.
Affect Land Uses and Natural Disasters
In Meeting Future Energy Demands,
Population density will be a critical factor in determining how much energy is needed to cool and heat buildings in the world’s urban areas by mid-century, according to a new study co-authored by Yale Prof. Karen Seto.
Density is as Important as Efficiency
As First Siccama Lecturer, Duguid Aims
Marlyse Duguid ’10 M.F. ’16 Ph.D. has been appointed the first Thomas G. Siccama Lecturer in Environmental Field Studies, a new endowed position that emphasizes the teaching of field studies and ecology.
To Get More Yale Students into the Field
Remembering Stephen Kellert, Who
Stephen R. Kellert ’71 Ph.D., a revered professor of social ecology at F&ES whose research and writing advanced the understanding of the connection between humans and the natural world, died in November after a long illness.
Explored Links Between People and Nature
Growth of Mega-Cities Will Consume
The growth of mega-cities will eliminate massive areas of valuable cropland in some parts of the world by the year 2030, according to a new international study co-authored by F&ES Prof. Karen Seto.
Swaths of Cropland in Africa and Asia
Unraveling Ecological Mysteries
In an interview, new F&ES Prof. William Lauenroth discusses the challenges facing the western drylands, the changes he has observed during four decades of research, and strategies that could help protect remnants of a vanishing U.S. West.
In a Vanishing American West
F&ES Students Apply “Systems Thinking”
An F&ES course this semester tackled the Flint water crisis, allowing students to examine a crisis unfolding in real time, and to hear directly from community members.
To Flint Water Contamination Case
Losses of Soil Carbon Under Global
A new global assessment led by Yale researchers finds that warming will drive the loss of at least 55 trillion kilograms of carbon from the soil by mid-century, or about 17 percent more than the projected emissions due to human-related activities during that period. Carbon losses will be greatest in places that had largely been missing from previous research.
Warming Might Equal U.S. Emissions
John Grim on Standing Rock: ‘This is Not
In recent days, the conflict has escalated over construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. John Grim, a senior lecturer and research scholar at F&ES and an expert in Native American religions, discusses the historical, cultural, and spiritual significance of the Standing Rock demonstrations for Native people.
Only About Water, It’s All About Water’
Road Salt Can Change Sex Ratios
Naturally occurring chemicals found in road salts commonly used to de-ice paved surfaces can alter the sex ratios in nearby frog populations, a phenomenon that could reduce the size and viability of species populations, according to a new study by scientists at Yale and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
in Frog Populations, Study Says
City in Hot Water? Students Help
A recent F&ES course was structured to not only support student learning but also to help the city of New Haven plan for future impacts of climate change.
New Haven Confront Climate Threats
On Connecticut Shoreline, Yale Team
Work done by several F&ES students and faculty members is helping communities along the Connecticut coastline prepare for the threats of climate change.
Helps Communities Face New Realities
Yale-Led Project to Widen Access to
A Yale-led project aiming to further broaden the appeal of solar power to a mass market — including low- and moderate-income households — has received a $1.35 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Household Solar Receives Federal Grant
Predicting Climate Impacts on Ecosystems
In a new paper F&ES scholars make the case that overly simplistic studies on the climate impacts on ecosystems avoid the inherent complexity and interconnectedness of natural systems — and thus yield erroneous climate predictions.
Will Require Scientists to Widen the Lens
CBEY: A Decade of Innovation at the
To mark the 10th anniversary of the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY), we asked several of the center’s most esteemed alums to reflect on how CBEY prepared them to address challenges at the nexus of business and the environment and where those lessons have led them.
Nexus of Business and the Environment
Case Studies Integrate Perspectives
A new F&ES initiative aims to help faculty and students integrate different disciplinary perspectives on complex environmental themes through the use of online case studies.
On Complex Environmental Themes
In India, a Model for Reducing
A new Yale-led study finds that communities in central India have an uncanny understanding of the wild cats in their backyard and where they are most likely to hunt livestock — a key factor in preventing the human-carnivore conflicts that threaten these animals.
‘Retaliation Killings’ of Wild Cats
Online Courses on Cosmology and Ecology
A series of F&ES online courses examining the nexus of cosmology and ecology is now available to global learners through Coursera, the world’s largest provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs).
Offered as First Yale MOOC Specialization
Study Reveals Surprising Role of Haze
A new Yale-led study suggests that regional variations may cause the phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect, and that the impacts of haze pollution in the U.S. and China vary significantly.
In the Warming of Chinese Cities
Health Risks from Wildfires in U.S. West
A surge in major wildfire events in the U.S. West as a consequence of climate change will expose tens of millions of Americans to high levels of air pollution in the coming decades, according to a new Yale-led study conducted with collaborators from Harvard.
To Increase Under Climate Change
Economics Professor Kotchen Named
Matthew Kotchen, a Professor of Economics at F&ES, has been appointed the School’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
New Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Managing Uncertainty: How Soil Carbon Feedbacks Could Affect Climate ChangeA new Yale-led paper makes the case that developing meaningful climate projections will rely on understanding the role of “soil carbon turnover” — and how it might trigger climate feedbacks in a warming world.
Ecologist Indy Burke Named F&ES DeanIngrid C. “Indy” Burke, an accomplished ecosystem ecologist and director of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, has been appointed the 16th Dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
Senate Resolution Draws on Yale
A recent resolution by 19 U.S. senators condemning certain corporations, think tanks, and other organizations for intentionally misleading the public about the seriousness and harmful effects of climate change cited research by F&ES Prof. Justin Farrell.
Research on Climate ‘Denier’ Network
Yale Honors Liza Comita
Liza Comita, an Assistant Professor of Tropical Forest Management at F&ES, has received Yale University’s 2016 Postdoctoral Mentoring Prize. The award recognizes one faculty member annually who best exemplifies the role of mentor to postdoctoral trainees.
For Postdoc Mentorship
Saiers Named Interim F&ES DeanJames Saiers, the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at F&ES, will serve as the School’s Interim Dean until a permanent replacement is appointed, Yale President Peter Salovey announced on June 21.
Fire at Yale Myers Forest CampA message from Dean Peter Crane about the fire at Yale Myers Forest
Untangling the Hidden Linkages
In a new paper, Karen Seto makes the case that achieving food and environmental security in an era of rapid urbanization will require a better understanding of how urban and food systems are intertwined.
Between Urbanization and Food Systems
‘Father of Green Chemistry’ Wins
Paul Anastas, a Yale professor and pioneer in the field of green chemistry, was awarded the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Award.
Royal Society of Chemistry Award
New F&ES-Based Center Receives EPA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week announced major funding for three major U.S. universities, including Yale, to study regional differences in air pollution and the effects of global climate change on human health.
Grant to Study Air Quality, Public Health
Funding Shortfalls Hamper Knowledge
While scientists have made important advances in understanding the physical science of climate change, a relative lack of support for social science research has made these findings less impactful than they might otherwise be, according to a new paper in Science co-authored by three F&ES researchers.
Of Social, Economic Climate Impacts
Yellowstone Issue of National Geographic
The May issue of National Geographic, about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, features research, including a special map supplement, by Arthur Middleton ’07 M.E.M., associate research scientist at F&ES.
Highlights Work of F&ES Researcher
City, Corporate Actions are Crucial to
The climate commitments made by cities, states, and corporations will play a critical part in achieving the promise of the Paris Climate Agrement. A new Yale analysis says these responses must be tracked comprehensively so that policymakers can fully understand the role of non-state actors.
Global Climate Response, Researchers Say
The Academic Value of
As F&ES students and administration work on strategies to reduce their own carbon emissions as part of the Yale Carbon Charge project, they are also looking beyond the School to see how they can help other buildings slash their energy consumption.
Yale’s Carbon Charge Experiment
Chertow Represents U.S. at G7 Alliance
F&ES Prof. Marian Chertow this week is participating in a workshop of the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency, an invitation-only gathering of international leaders that explores life cycle-related concepts in sustainable supply chain management.
Forum on Industrial ‘Life Cycle’ Concepts
Yale Himalaya Initiative, F&ES
The F&ES-based Yale Himalaya Initiative recently completed a map of Nepal that highlights the risk for landslides across the entire country, and hopes it serves as a launching point for future collaborations with Himalaya-based organizations.
Map Risks in Post-Earthquake Nepal
What’s Nature Worth? Study Puts a Price
A Yale-led research team has adapted traditional asset valuation approaches to measure the value of natural capital assets, linking economic measurements of ecosystem services with models of natural dynamics and human behavior.
On Groundwater and Other Natural Capital
Major Storm Events Play Key Role
A new Yale-led study finds that heavy weather events cause an inordinate amount of organic material to bypass headwater systems, pushing them downstream into larger rivers, coastal waters and inland basins — with profound implications for water quality through the watershed.
In Biogeochemistry of Watersheds
New F&ES Research Center
F&ES Prof. Michelle Bell will lead an interdisciplinary team of scientists at the newly created SEARCH Center working to improve air quality and human health.
Launched With $10 Million EPA Grant
F&ES’s Gillingham Helps Obama
F&ES Prof. Kenneth Gillingham is spending the year as the Senior Economist for Energy and the Environment at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, helping the White House climate team develop strategies to confront climate change and other environmental and energy-related issues.
Administration Craft its Climate Strategy
UN Report Led by F&ES Professor Takes
Finding the right mix of green energy technologies for generating electricity will be crucial in reducing the global impact of pollution for the next generation, according to a United Nations report led by F&ES Professor Edgar Hertwich.
Global View Of ‘Green Energy Choices’
Yale Event Explores the Future of
On Nov. 13 the F&ES-based Hixon Center for Urban Ecology will convene a conference to examine the future of urban parks — and how researchers and practitioners can create and sustain better public green spaces.
Urban Parks in the 21st Century
Out of Their Comfort Zone: Students
A Yale-led initiative recently allowed students to work closely with Baltimore leaders to integrate ecological experiments into local design projects — and move the city closer to environmental sustainability.
Merge Ecology and Design in Baltimore
Yale’s Lifset Honored for Helping to
As editor of the F&ES-based Journal of Industrial Ecology since 1997, Reid Lifset has done more than create a respected academic journal. He has helped the emerging field of industrial ecology develop its identity and boundaries.
Build the Field of Industrial Ecology
F&ES Study Reveals There are
A new Yale-led study estimates that there are more than 3 trillion trees on Earth, about seven and a half times more than some previous estimates. But the total number of trees has plummeted by roughly 46 percent since the start of human civilization, the study estimates.
Many More Trees Than Previously Believed
Diversity and Environmental Leadership:
At F&ES this semester, former NRDC President Frances Beneicke will co-teach a course that explores how the environmental movement can better reflect all segments of American society.
Beinecke Leads Seminar Series at Yale
Edgar Hertwich, Global Leader in
Edgar Hertwich, who helped transform the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) into a leading global institution in the study and teaching of industrial ecology, joins the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) this semester as professor of industrial sustainability.
Industrial Ecology, Joins F&ES Faculty
Yale-led Study Reveals What the World Thinks of Climate Change — and WhyNew Yale-led research reveals for the first time what the world thinks about climate change and why. Using data from the 2007-2008 Gallup World Poll, conducted in 119 countries, researchers identified the factors that most influence climate change awareness and risk perception for 90 percent of the world’s population.
The Battle for Yellowstone:
In a new book, “The Battle for Yellowstone,” F&ES Professor Justin Farrell makes the case that decades of intractable conflict in Yellowstone National Park have deep cultural, moral, and spiritual roots.
Morality and Environmental Conflict
Pope Francis and the Environment:
Yale experts say Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment could transform the global climate debate for Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
Yale Examines Historic Climate Encyclical
Re-framing the Climate StoryThis semester, a course at F&ES encouraged students to explore new communications methods based on emerging interdisciplinary communications models that create messages with deeper impact.
Diverse Soil Communities Can Help
Maintaining a healthy and diverse soil community can buffer natural ecosystems against the damaging impacts of global warming, according to a new study led by researchers at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
Offset Impacts of Global Warming
Anastas Awarded Merck Prize for Pioneering Work in Green ChemistryPaul Anastas, a Yale professor and pioneer in the field of green chemistry, has been awarded the 2015 Emanuel Merck Lectureship, an international award that recognizes scientists who have made significant contributions to chemical and pharmaceutical research.
Yale Responds to Nepal Earthquake:
In an interview, the Yale Himalaya Initiative’s Alark Saxena describes how Yale has coordinated its resources to assist Nepal after a deadly earthquake — and how the Initiative’s longer-term mission will help make communities across the Himalayan region more prepared for future threats.
‘Our Commitment Will Continue’
Schmitz and Comita Named
Two members of the faculty at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Oswald Schmitz and Liza Comita, have been named Fellows of the Ecological Society of America (ESA).
Ecological Society of America Fellows
Three Members of F&ES Faculty
Appointed to Endowed Professorships
The Yale Corporation has approved the recommendation of Yale President Peter Salovey and Dean Peter Crane to appoint three members of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies faculty to prestigious endowed professorships in the School.
Yale Honors Thomas Graedel,
In his eighteen years at F&ES, Thomas Graedel has made Yale a global center in the emerging study of industrial ecology, and cemented his role as one of the field’s founding figures.
Pioneer in Field of Industrial Ecology
Yale-Based Journal of Industrial
The Journal of Industrial Ecology (JIE) has introduced a new prize, the Graedel Prize, honoring the best papers by a junior and senior author published in the journal. The prize is named for Yale Professor Thomas E. Graedel in recognition of his vital contributions and pioneering work in the development of the field of industrial ecology.
Ecology Awards First-Ever ‘Graedel Prize’
Sabin Prize Seeds Business Plans
On April 17, the Sabin Prize will award $25,000 to a for-profit business idea that helps achieve a more sustainable way of life. The competition is part of the first ever Entrepreneurship Across Yale event.
That Do Good for the Environment
Building the Future of Fisheries: Designs
On April 3, an international group of scholars will meet at F&ES to discuss the challenges facing fisheries worldwide and strategies to achieve a more sustainable future.
for Government, Market and Community
Study: Metals Used in High-Tech
In a new paper, a team of Yale researchers assesses the “criticality” of all 62 metals on the Periodic Table of Elements, providing key insights into which materials might become more difficult to find in the coming decades, which ones will exact the highest environmental costs — and which ones simply cannot be replaced as components of vital technologies.
Products Face Future Supply Risks
Yale Partnership Receives National Honor For Project that Promotes Solar AdoptionA Connecticut-based partnership and major Yale research project led by Kenneth Gillingham, associate professor at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), has received a national award for innovative research that has increased adoption of residential solar power in the state.
Study Yields Surprising Insights into
The harvesting of wood to meet the heating and cooking demands for billions of people worldwide has less of an impact on global forest loss and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions than previously believed, according to a new Yale-led study.
Global Effects of Wood Fuel Burning
Analysis Finds Troubling ‘Synchronicity’
A new study co-authored by F&ES Professor Eli Fenichel has found an alarming synchronicity in the so-called 'peak rate' for many of the world's most critical renewable and nonrenewable resources, a finding that suggests how difficult it might be for humankind to find replacements when important resources run dry.
In When Resources Reach Their Limits
New Online Course Explores Social and
A new F&ES online course will explore the complexities of the Himalayan region, the challenges it faces, and opportunities to achieve a more sustainable future.
Ecological Diversity of Himalayan Region
F&ES Research Spawns New Insights
A group of scientists with origins at F&ES; has reported the first global estimate of how much “ancient” carbon is released from the terrestrial landscape through aquatic systems.
Into Aquatic Release of ‘Ancient’ Carbon
New Online Forest Atlas
A new online resource launched by the F&ES-based Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry will provide an overview of the world’s forest resources. Ultimately, its creators say it will be a sort of living almanac of forest resources worldwide for journalists and advocates, scientists and general readers.
Tracks State of Global Forests
Special Publication Highlights
The F&ES-based Tropical Resources Institute (TRI) this month published a Special Issue that highlights three decades of student work in commemoration of the organization’s 30th anniversary.
Thirty Years of TRI Student Research
Why Solar Adoption Can Be ContagiousIn a new study, F&ES Professor Kenneth Gillingham found that solar adoption rates depend less on wealth or population size, and more on whether your neighbors decide to go solar.
Dean Crane Receives Prestigious
Peter Crane, the Dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, was awarded the 2014 International Prize for Biology during a ceremony held in Tokyo on Sunday.
Biology Prize at Tokyo Ceremony
Marian Chertow Honored by
On Oct. 29, Prof. Marian Chertow was honored by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame for her longtime commitment to environmental innovation
Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame
F&ES Creates William R. Burch Prize
The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies this week announced the creation of a new student award, the William R. Burch Prize, which is named in honor of the founder of the School’s influential Tropical Resources Institute. The new prize will be awarded annually to the best paper written by a TRI Fellow, and will include a $1,000 cash prize.
To Honor Student Research at TRI
Xuhui Lee Honored by
Xuhui Lee, the Sara Shallenberger Brown Professor of Meteorology at F&ES, has received the 2015 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biometeorology from the American Meteorological Society.
American Meteorological Society
Tom Siccama, Field Naturalist Who
Tom Siccama, 78, a revered professor of forest ecology whose field lessons in the forests and landscapes of New England were a defining part of life for generations of F&ES students — and, for many, life-changing events — died on Oct. 3 after a long illness.
Inspired Generations at F&ES, Dies at 78
Professor Brad Gentry Appointed
The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) has appointed Brad Gentry, professor at F&ES and the Yale School of Management, to fill the new post of Associate Dean for Professional Practice.
Associate Dean for Professional Practice
Study: Creepy Crawlers Play
A new F&ES-led study shows the critical importance of earthworms, beetles, and other tiny creatures to the structure of grasslands and the valuable ecosystem services they provide.
Key Role in Structure of Grasslands
Yale-Led Team Swarms Meeting
A Yale-led coalition recently descended on the annual meeting of theEcological Society of America to illustrate how ecology can be used to help solve larger societal challenges.
To Bridge Worlds of Ecology and Design
Dean Peter Crane Wins Prestigious International Prize for BiologyF&ES Dean Peter Crane has been awarded the 2014 International Prize for Biology administered by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) for his work on the evolutionary history of plants.
Yale Study Shows How Conversion
The conversion of forests into cropland worldwide has triggered an atmospheric change that, while seldom considered in climate models, has had a net cooling effect on global temperatures, according to a new Yale study.
Of Forests to Cropland Affected Climate
‘A Constant Struggle to Survive’:
Throughout his career, Prof. Craig Brodersen has explored the fundamental relationships between plant structure and function, and how different species have adapted to utilize limited resources.
Learning from the Structure of Plants
Getting to the Roots of Humankind’s
While many frame the debate over environmental conflict in terms of economics or natural science, Prof. Justin Farrell believes it often reflects much deeper cultural, moral, and spiritual questions. Exploring these questions has become his life’s work.
Relationship With the Natural World
An Allegiance to the Tropics: New
In an interview, Simon Queenborough, the new Musser Director of the Tropical Resources Institute (TRI), shares his thoughts on the greatest challenges facing the planet’s tropical areas, and how TRI can make a difference.
Mentor, Researcher Takes Lead at TRI
Sifting Through the ‘Noise’
Some of the things that made Prof. Liza Comita want to study tropical forests in the first place are the same things that can make it a rather daunting field of research. And they raised some of the questions she has been trying to answer during more than a decade as researcher and professor.
To Assess Health of Tropical Forests
Lessons in Exceptional LeadershipTwo new F&ES courses being taught under the guidance of Dean Peter Crane will introduce students to the types of skills and relationships needed to achieve social change through new and existing organizations — and to reflect on the talents and strategies of some of history’s most revered environmental leaders.
Dean Crane’s Book, Ginkgo, a Finalist
Dean Peter Crane’s 2013 book, Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot, has been named a finalist for the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science.
For Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science
F&ES Launches First
This fall, Professors Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim will launch for the first time two online courses in the study of religion and ecology. While the courses will initially be open to Yale students only, the instructors intend to eventually make it available to a wider audience.
Online Courses in Religion and Ecology
Yale Project Aims to Propel
A team of Yale researchers has received a $299,000 grant to develop a new class of “green wall” technologies capable of rejecting waste heat for a range of processes, a potentially valuable green infrastructure alternative to the cooling towers that have become ubiquitous worldwide.
Green Walls into the Mainstream
Karen Seto Succeeds David Skelly as
F&ES Professor Karen Seto has been named the School’s next Associate Dean for Research and Director of Doctoral Studies, succeeding Professor David Skelly, who was recently appointed new director of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.
Associate Dean & Doctoral Studies Director
Moving ‘Natural Capital’
In a new paper, F&ES Prof. Eli Fenichel and a co-author report developing an approach to calculate a fair and consistent price for natural capital stocks that is grounded in the same theory of economic capital that governs the pricing of other capital assets, from stock prices to factories.
From Metaphor to Reality
On Yale Day of Service, Dean Crane
On the annual Yale Day of Service, Dean Peter Crane joined more than two-dozen other Yalies working the soil at the Parklands of Floyds Fork, a network of urban parks created by Daniel Jones ’84 B.A. ’06 M.F.
Lends a Hand to F&ES Alum in Kentucky
Science on the Fly: Dam Release
When operators lifted the gates of the Morelos Dam at the U.S-Mexico border, allowing a rare pulse of water to pour into the parched, final stretches of the Colorado River Delta, it offered a rare opportunity for F&ES researchers.
Offers Rare Opportunity for Yale Scientists
Zimmerman Promoted With TenureThe Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies’ Standing Advisory and Appointments Committee this week voted to promote Julie Zimmerman to Full Professor, with tenure, at F&ES based on her outstanding record of scholarship in the field of environmental engineering.
Connecticut River Watershed Study Will
A team of Yale researchers will lead a five-year, $3 million study to determine whether an increase in extreme rain events is affecting the transport of dissolved organic matter through the Connecticut River watershed, a phenomenon they say could alter the chemical composition and water quality of the watershed and the Long Island Sound.
Assess Impacts of Extreme Rain Events
For Yale and WBCSD,
Yale scholars and global business leaders will work together to address critical sustainability issues through a new partnership between the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, the Yale School of Management, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Sustainability is Good Business
Cashore Receives IUFRO Award for
F&ES Professor Benjamin Cashore has received the prestigious Scientific Achievement Award from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) for achievements in research related to governance of forest resources worldwide.
Advances in Global Forest Governance
As Sea Levels Rise,
A team of F&ES researchers has received a grant to investigate the ability of coastal salt marshes to migrate upland in the face of sea level rise and how the land types at higher elevations affects potential migration.
Can Salt Marshes Keep Up?
Yale Researchers Receive Google
A team of Yale researchers has received a “Google Earth Engine Research Award” for ongoing land stewardship studies being conducted in Wyoming.
Earth Engine Award for Land Studies
Esty, Connecticut Environment
Daniel Esty, the F&ES and Yale Law School professor who served as commissioner of Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection since 2011, will return to Yale this semester.
Commissioner, Returns to Yale Post
Book Explores the Downside
A new book edited by Robert Bailis explores how the growth of the biofuels sector affects social, economic and environmental systems across Latin America and the Caribbean, and how different nations are addressing the challenges.
Of Latin America's Biofuels Boom
Coastal Oceans Shift from
In a new paper, a team of researchers, including Peter A. Raymond, contends that human activities have transformed the role that coastal oceans play in the global carbon budget.
Carbon Source to Carbon Sink
Video: F&ES Class Explores
In a video interview, Professor Gordon Geballe discusses an F&ES class that helps students explore how sustainable development can improve the response to disaster in
‘Sustainable’ Responses to Disaster
nations like Haiti.
A Roadmap for Embedding
In a new article published in the journal Bioscience, Alexander Felson, an assistant professor at F&ES and the Yale School of Architecture, lays out a “roadmap” for integrating ecology into urban design.
Ecologists Into Urban Design
F&ES Class Produces More than a Grade
The research produced by a group of F&ES students yielded the framework for the stormwater management component of Yale University's new sustainability plan.
Tucker, Grim Honored for Linking
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim were honored by the University of Massachusetts, Boston for work that transcends national and cultural lines to find solutions to planetary challenges.
'Languages of Many Disciplines'
Video: How Market Forces
In an interview with The MacMillan Report, F&ES Professor Ben Cashore describes how market forces can help protect the world's forests.
Can Help Protect the World's Forests
Carbon Models Underestimate
Animals can have a greater impact on the carbon cycle in regional ecosystems than is typically recognized by global models, according to a paper authored by F&ES researchers.
Role of Animals, Paper Says
Salovey Kicks Off Historic
Yale President Peter Salovey kicked off the final week before his historic inauguration with a visit to the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
Inauguration Week With F&ES Visit
Middleton Receives Camp Monaco PrizeArthur Middleton M.E.M. ’07, who has spent six years exploring how ecological changes in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are affecting the region’s migratory elk herds, has received a $100,000 research prize for his ongoing efforts to monitor and conserve the iconic species.
Crane appointed to second term as F&ES DeanEvolutionary biologist Peter Crane has been reappointed dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2014.
F. Herbert Bormann, Helped Discover Acid Rain, Dies at 90F. Herbert Bormann, an ecologist at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies who along with Gene Likens discovered acid rain in North America, died on June 7 in North Branford, Conn. He was 90.
Research News: May 29, 2012
New Journal Publications by Jason Clark, Kristofer Covey, Anobha Gurung, Michelle Bell, Jiyoung Son, Graeme Berlyn, Nadine Unger, Joshua Pan, Kevin Barrett, and Xuhui Lee. New Grants awarded to Mark Ashton & Brad Gentry, Annie Claus, YIBS Grant Recipients, Hixon Center Research Fellows...
U.S. Rivers and Streams Saturated With CarbonThe researchers assert that a significant amount of carbon contained in land, which first is absorbed by plants and forests through the air, is leaking into streams and rivers and then released into the atmosphere before reaching coastal waterways.