• 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.

  • Understanding Solid Deformation by Fluids

    Chris MacMinn, a former YCEI postdoctoral Fellow now at Oxford, has developed a new experimental system for studying how high-pressure fluids deform rock, which will lead to new insight into processes such as hydraulic fracturing and carbon sequestration.

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…

Submitted by: Francis Ludlow

Michael McCormick and colleagues examine the climatic backdrop to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, adding an essential environmental context to one of the most-debated topics in history. Their paper also represents an important advance in the Journal of Interdisciplinary History’s promotion of climate history, which began with a special issue on the topic in 1980. As McCormick et al. note, the questions arising in that special issue quickly outstripped contemporary science and history. Since then, there has been a

by Eric Ellman

A Yale College junior majoring in Ethics, Politics and Economics, who became the nation’s youngest licensed nuclear reactor operator while still in high school, and a Yale professor internationally recognized for his …

Jared Milfred ‘16, co-organizer of YCEI’s April 24 nuclear forum, discusses the place of Three Mile Island in the history of power plant mishaps, and the passionate discourse that frequently accompanies discussions of the role of nuclear power in addressing climate change.