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  • Another Solar Cell Breakthrough for Taylor/Hazari Team

    Xiaokai Li is lead author of an article in Nanoletters that explains how HF acid vapor treatment helps carbon nanotubes achieve record efficiency in converting light to electricity. Team collaboration began with a YCEI seed grant that previously yielded other solar cell design advances.

  • Yale Climate & Energy Institute Annual Newsletter

    Our first annual newsletter reviews six years of activity at YCEI that define a new hub for multidisciplinary research in climate and energy at Yale. View it online here, or request a printed copy.

  • Monsoon Information For Those Who Need It Most

    Asst. Professor Bill Boos has created a website to provide weather projections for monsoons, drenching seasonal storms that effect billions of people, many of whom are not served by weather forecasts. YCEI sponsors an international forum on monsoons, organized by Boos, this Spring.

  • Yale Back at Center of Responsible Investment Management

    One month after Yale University announced that it will encourage a portfolio of lower-carbon investments rather than divest its fossil-fuel holdings, the Yale School of Management announces plans for the first National Low-Carbon Portfolio Case Competition.

  • Partnership with Industry Puts Fracking to the Test

    This fall, Yale professor Jim Saiers initiates the first scientific study to strategically isolate potential shale gas effects before, during and after hydraulic fracturing occurs. The project was seeded with a grant from the YCEI.

Submitted by: Xavier Levine

During winter and spring 2014, waves of unusually cold temperatures hit northeastern regions of North America, noticeably effecting the US economy and hampering growth in the first quarter of 2014 (see CNS news link on a statement by Fed. Chairman Janet Yellen on this topic). A number of research studies proposed mechanisms by which changes in the jet stream strength and location attributed to polar amplification would enhance temperature variability at the surface (Liu et al., 2012; Francis and Vavrus, 2012). Polar amplification…

Submitted by: Srinath Krishnan

Studies evaluating the impact of climate change have mostly focused on the effects of mean changes in climate. This approach may severely underestimate the vulnerability of human society to anthropogenic-driven climate change. This is because the biological and agricultural sectors are also affected by changes in climate variability and extreme events. A recent article by Thornton et al. (2014) reviews our current understanding on the topic and highlights significant gaps in the research. Expected changes due to climate…

by Eric Ellman

You know the divestment debate has reached a new phase when an investment firm offers a $10,000 prize to the business school team with the best strategy for lowering the carbon…

“Say what you want about 350.org,” said Peter Knight, who manages $11BB of socially responsible investments, “but they changed the discussion.” If 350.org brought the divestment discussion into the living room, SOM students brought it into the board room on Friday night for history’s first “Low-Carbon Portfolio Case Competition.”