• Climate change to impact diarrhea rates. The question is, how?

    Former YCEI postdoctoral researcher, Jonathan Mellor, is lead author of a new publication which finds that ambient temperature, precipitation and extreme weather will all impact rates of diarrheal disease. They find that current understanding precludes offering appropriate adaptation strategies.

  • No tipping point seen for monsoons

    YCEI affiliates Bill Boos and Trude Storelvmo challenge previously held assumptions about the future of monsoons in a warmer world. The continental-scale weather systems upon which billions of people depend are not going away they report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • Climate Change and Public Health Week: April 6-8

    Climate Change implications for public health is the theme during three days of talks and presentations, featuring Dr. James Hansen. Co-sponsored by YCEI and the Yale Climate Change and Public Health Initiative. Details to follow...

  • Global Change Biology Week at YCEI: How habitat fragmentation and predator-prey relations interact with global warming

    YCEI postdoctoral researchers Marta Jarzyna and Adam Rosenblatt present new findings on climate change as a factor in global change biology, Dec. 7 at 4:00 and Dec. 8 at noon.

  • Climate, mayhem and Human history

    Francis Ludlow's investigation of the Annals of Ireland correlates episodes of violence and conflict with a new chronology of volcanism reflected in Greenland Ice Core Project coring records. Historian J.G. Manning calls collaboration with climate scientists the biggest breakthrough in historical research in over a century.

Submitted by: Eric Ellman

New analytical techniques, which allow ice cores to be sampled continuously and for additional chemical species, continue to re-write the history of vulcanism. The latest publication from YCEI postdoctoral researcher Francis Ludlow (Sigl, et al) finds new dates and magnitudes for historic eruptions dating back 2000 years and concludes that they were the main driver of abrupt summer cooling in Europe. The new record impacts what we know and thought we knew about European history, as well as efforts to develop better climate…

Submitted by: Eric Ellman

Ocean acidification may wreak havoc with coral reefs, clams, and oysters, but Coccolithophores – tiny calcareous plankton that make up the all-important lowermost rung of the marine food ladder – are thriving, report researchers in PLoS One and Nature. How do we explain the proliferation of calcareous organisms in a more acidic environment?  Research published this week by Samantha J. Gibbs, et al. uses fossil records of those species of coccolithophores whose shell structure renders them most sensitive to pH, and concludes that around…

by Eric Ellman

Over the past decade, YCEI climate historian and geographer Francis Ludlow has surveyed over a million words of Gaelic and Latin from the …

Francis Ludlow and Michael Sigl discuss how a chance meeting at AGU led to a new understanding of volcanism over the past 2,500 years, and a reconciliation of a long-standing discordance between ice cores and tree ring records.