• "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.

  • Past Climate Change and Societal Disruption

    In June, YCEI partnered with the Italian Ministry of the Environment to host an interdisciplinary conference in Urbino, Italy addressing climate change impacts on ancient societies of the Mediterranean and Meso-America. Over 20 leaders in paleoclimatology, archaeology, and history presented at the event.

  • Can Arrival of a New Infectious Disease Shift the Climate Change Discussion?

    In a CNN op-ed, Yale researchers discuss how an epidemic of chikungunya virus, formerly restricted to the Old World tropics, could shift public discourse from whether or not climate change is happening to how we deal with its consequences.

  • Karen Seto Coordinates New IPCC Chapter

    75-80% of the world's population will live in cities by the year 2050. Infrastructure for another two billion humans has yet to be built. How should it be done in order to minimize contributions to climate change? Karen Seto was Coordinating Lead Author on the new urbanization chapter of the latest Working Group III report.

Submitted by: Adam Wilson

In 1896 Svante Arrhenius published On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air upon the Temperature of the Ground which laid out the foundation of how carbon dioxide affects global climate.  His suggestion that global coal production (then 500 million tons per year) could be so disruptive has been verified, hastened by soaring fossil fuel consumption, including a 17-fold increase in coal…

Submitted by: Adam Rosenblatt

As the climate warms, all species will either need to find new habitats with similar temperatures to those they currently occupy or evolve new thermal tolerances. Recent research by Araujo and colleagues suggests that some species may be able to adapt to new, higher temperatures better than others. Specifically, the authors analyzed the heat and cold tolerance capabilities of 2740 terrestrial

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, and how they propagate high into the stratosphere before collapsing to create Brewer-Dobson circulation cells that influence global weather.