• Hundreds Gather to Consider Initiatives for East African Climate & Health

    Representatives of government and NGOs from around the Horn of Africa and Arabia gathered in Djibouti last week where a Yale-led Taskforce met with the Republic's President Ismail Omar Guelleh to present their vision for high-resolution climate modeling of the region.

  • Global Biodiversity Workshop, May 4-5

    Walter Jetz convenes fellow FutureEarth researchers working to "accelerate our transformations to a sustainable world." FutureEarth is a global research platform supported by the International Council for Science, the World Meteorological Organization and multiple agencies of the United Nations.

  • A More Nuanced Look at Climate Change and the Fall of the Maya

    A new publication in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Dr. Peter Douglas and YCEI Director Mark Pagani, shows how isotopic analysis yields fresh understanding of how drought impacted the Maya, and how they apparently altered their agricultural practices in turn.

  • Djibouti Delegation Meets with YCEI Climate Assessment Task Force

    His Excellency Dr. Nabil Mohamed Ahmed and Dr. Awaleh Osman of the Center for Research and Studies of Djibouti (CERD) climbing "The Giant Steps" trail for a better view of New Haven and Yale after their meeting with YCEI climate task force scientists.

  • Djiboutian Delegation Visits Yale To Discuss Climate Simulation for E. Africa and Arabia

    Minister of Higher Education, His Excellency Dr. Nabil Mohamed leads a delegation from the nation of Djibouti to Yale March 23-25 for meetings with the Yale Climate and Energy Institute's East Africa Climate Impact Assessment Task Force.

Submitted by: Kevin Lane

Epidemiological evidence of non-communicable health impacts from extreme heat and heat-waves has been gaining as more epidemiological evidence continues to find positive associations with cardiovascular and respiratory mortality and hospital admissions. In a recent study from Dr. Jennifer F. Bobb et al. at the Harvard School of Public Health was able to go beyond cardiovascular and respiratory disease hospitalizations to identify previously unaccounted for cause-specific risks for hospitalizations in the Medicare…

Submitted by: Adam Rosenblatt

A major effect of climate change is acidification of the world’s oceans. As carbon dioxide is pumped into the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels, some of it is absorbed by the oceans and forms carbonic acid. This process slowly lowers the oceanic pH, threatening hard-bodied marine life forms like corals and bivalves which need higher pH water to help form their hard shells. Though we know that the oceans are becoming more acidic, it can be difficult to predict how marine life will respond and how quickly certain species will…

by Eric Ellman

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry paused during his meetings with East African leaders last week to commend the tiny Republic of Djibouti for hosting a summit that produced an initiative to address regional threats to stability from climate change.

Scientists from the Yale-led East Africa & Arabia Climate Impact Assessment Taskforce, and leaders of research organizations in Ethiopia and Djibouti, discuss the historic need for better climate understanding of the region that the IPCC considers the world’s most at risk from climate change.