Submitted by: Francis Ludlow

Michael McCormick and colleagues examine the climatic backdrop to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, adding an essential environmental context to one of the most-debated topics in history. Their paper also represents an important advance in the Journal of Interdisciplinary History’s promotion of climate history, which began with a special issue on the topic in 1980. As McCormick et al. note, the questions arising in that special issue quickly outstripped contemporary science and history. Since then, there has been a

Submitted by: Marta Jarzyna

Changes in vegetation biomass can significantly alter the Earth’s carbon budget and are thus an important factor in regulating the consequences of anthropogenic climate change.  Global estimates of above ground vegetation biomass, however, have been few in number.  Recent advances in remote sensing—such as data from satellite passive microwave observations—now make it it possible to derive detailed estimates of biomass across the entire globe. Liu et al. (2015) utilized this latest technology to estimate global above ground…

by Eric Ellman

A Yale College junior majoring in Ethics, Politics and Economics, who became the nation’s youngest licensed nuclear reactor operator while still in high school, and a Yale professor internationally recognized for his …

Jared Milfred ‘16, co-organizer of YCEI’s April 24 nuclear forum, discusses the place of Three Mile Island in the history of power plant mishaps, and the passionate discourse that frequently accompanies discussions of the role of nuclear power in addressing climate change.