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  • 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.

  • 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.

Submitted by: Jonathan Mellor

Along with their obvious benefits, agriculture and food production have significant environment impacts: Carbon dioxide emissions result from the power requirements of farm machinery and from the transport, storage and cooking of food. Nitrous oxide (a potent greenhouse gas) is released from soils when they are tilled and fertilized. Methane (also a greenhouse gas) is released in large quantities through enteric fermentation. Indeed, food…

Submitted by: Francis Ludlow

Volcanic eruptions are generally considered one of the best-understood (and most dramatic) causes of sudden climate changes, with large explosive eruptions capable of causing severe short-term cooling on hemispheric and global scales. This mainly occurs when eruptions inject large volumes of sulfur dioxide into the high atmosphere, where the gas oxidizes to form an aerosol particle haze that reflects incoming solar radiation to space, cooling the…

by Eric Ellman

U.S. television network news devoted less than 1% of its coverage to climate change last year[1]. …

Are Conservatives welcome at an event like the People’s Climate March? Should they be?  Is the answer to collective action solved by one big tent that embraces both sides of our divided political spectrum?  Or are two tents what we need? George Marshall offers his thoughts…