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  • 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.

  • 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.

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…

Submitted by: Adam Rosenblatt

One of the most feared consequences of climate warming is the potential expansion of tropical infectious diseases. However, for diseases that require intermediate hosts a warmer climate and the particular dynamics of the disease can actually reduce transmission in some cases. A recent study by Paull and Johnson describes one such scenario.  The authors examined a system in which freshwater snails are intermediate hosts for trematode…

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, how they propagate high into the stratosphere and then collapse, creating Brewer-Dobson circulation cells that influence global weather.