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  • 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 $100,000 grant from the YCEI.

  • Jetz Lab Awarded FutureEarth Grant for Global Biodiversity Monitoring

    FutureEarth is a coalition of UN and non-UN groups working to increase sustainability and responsiveness to environmental risk and change. YCEI sponsors the initial meeting of 40 researchers this Fall to identify data gaps and shared standards for collection.

  • A Tiny Step for Nanotube Design, a Giant Leap for Solar Power?

    With support from YCEI, Yale researchers Nilay Hazari and Andre Taylor pioneered a new technique for "doping" carbon nanotubes that increases the efficiency of electron transport in hybrid solar cells by orders of magnitude.

  • "Resilient Bridgeport" Receives $10MM

    Professor Alex Felson of Yale's Urban Ecology Laboratory and his YCEI-funded Coastal Adaptation Team can continue developing plans to turn Bridgeport's South End into a community that's more connected with its surrounding waters, and better able to adjust to them when their levels inevitably rise.

  • New YCEI Workshops and Forums For the Coming Year

    Workshops and forums on nuclear energy, global biodiversity, green chemistry, monsoons and the emerging nexus between the study of humanities and climate change will be sponsored by various Yale faculty (and one Yale College undergraduate) in 2014-2015.

Submitted by: Thomas Crowther

Understanding fungal biogeography, the distribution of fungi, bacteria, and viruses, is key to understanding how ecosystems function. A thorough understanding of the ecological linkages between communities, their environment, and ecosystem function requires analysis across multiple spatial or temporal scales. In a recent study, Talbot et al. (2014) explored the taxonomic and functional distributions of fungi at the continental scale, with findings that suggested that core ecological processes governing these…

Submitted by: Jonathan Mellor

Where should you live to most reduce your carbon footprint? It seems obvious that city life with smaller homes, mass transportation, and easy access to shops and restaurants is preferable to the suburbs with its cars and bigger homes. But how about the benefits of rural areas where people grow their food and live closer to the land? What about regional climate, income and energy price differences? A recent analysis by Jones and Kammen (2013)…

by Eric Ellman

Damon Wells Professor of Geophysics Ron Smith is spending most of this summer at 40,000’ elevation, flying straight into a phenomenon that controls global weather.  For the…

Project Director Ron Smith explains the nature of gravity waves, how they propagate high into the stratosphere and then collapse, creating Brewer-Dobson circulation cells that influence global weather.