Forums and Symposia
Previous YCEI Forums and Symposia
This is an open gathering of Yale community members who want to take action on climate change. The new Yale Climate Action Network includes graduate and undergraduate students working to build a network of climate leaders from diverse backgrounds and disciplines.
All are welcome.
Bring a brown bag dinner and a little something to share, if you’d like!
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Dr. James Hansen, formerly Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is a Professor at the Earth Institute of Columbia University, where he directs the Program on Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions. Dr. Hansen’s research focuses on the causes and consequences of global climate change using the Earth’s paleoclimate history, ongoing global observations, and interpretive tools including climate models. His Congressional testimony in the late 1980s helped raise broad awareness of climate change as a crucial issue for humanity. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine and one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy. Dr. Hansen is a model of a leading scientist who courageously communicates the policy implications of his research.
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From the Pope’s Encyclical to the SDGs – join us as we discuss the major drivers that are compelling businesses to act on climate change and sustainability now. Just two years ago, when a nearly identical panel convened at the opening of Evans Hall, the conversation was narrower and mainstream businesses were not yet leading climate change solutions. Today, the Pope’s Encyclical on climate change has brought a moral dimension to the conversation. The UN’s new global sustainable development agenda is giving businesses an architecture with they can shape their sustainability strategies. And, with COP 21 just two months away, companies are announcing cutting-edge climate change commitments, changing how the private sector engages in these international negotiations.
What has shifted in relation to business sustainability leadership and what is compelling companies to act now? In this interactive dialogue facilitated by Brad Gentry, panelists will discuss these questions among others, bringing to light new opportunities for business to mitigate climate change and contribute to the global sustainable development priorities.
Workshop Website: http://www.yale.edu/ycei/tropicalextremes/
The processes that govern the variability of monsoons are poorly understood but profoundly important. These seasonal storms deliver water to billions of people in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, and variations in monsoon strength can have devastating impacts on the inhabitants of these regions. The fragmented state of the international community that studies the phenomena compounds the challenge of understanding and therefore predicting them.
Assistant Professor Bill Boos of the Yale Geology and Geophysics Department is the organizer of the workshop. He anticipates participation from Africa, South Asia, Australia and the tropical Americas. Projected outcomes include an improved dialogue between the research, forecast and social impacts communities representing those regions, and development of new research integrated with the capacity for forecasting and outreach.
Tropical extremes: High-impact weather and climate events in monsoon regions
Yale’s Forum on Ecology and Religion, a unique partnership on theology and ecology between the Yale School of Divinity and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science, hosts a panel to discuss Pope Francis’s eagerly awaited encyclical, anticipated to call the world’s 1.2BB catholics to action on climate change in anticipation of the UNFCC meeting in Paris December 2015.
Story by Kevin Dennehy of Yale News, here.
The panel discussion begins at 5:30 with a reception to follow. Details at: http://fore.research.yale.edu/calendar/item/panel-on-the-papal-encyclical/
What does a successful climate policy regime look like for 2030? Can state-level policies be the stepping-stone to federal policy? What type of coalition building do we need to pass legislation soon?
Speakers include Theda Skocpol, former Dean of Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Barry Rabe, from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Abbie Dillen, Vice President for Litigation of Climate and Energy for Earth Justice, Peter Barnes, Co-founder of the Tomales Bay Institute and Ben Chashore, Director of the Governance, Environments and Market Initiative at Yale, sponsors of today’s panel discussion.
REGISTRATION IS FREE THROUGH TODAY, OCTOBER 2
Leading experts from the fields of weather sciences, risk analysis, insurance, community planning, government, urban engineering and disaster prevention meet for a one-day forum looking at the Northeast region in light of events like Sandy and other severe weather systems.
U.S. Senator Christopher Murphy, will be a Special Guest Speaker, sharing his perspective as a member of Congress’ Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change where he has consistently pushed for strong and proactive environmental policies that combat climate change, curb pollution, invest in renewable energy, and promote sustainable development solutions.
The forum will open with a keynote address from Alice C. Hill, Senior Advisor for Preparedness and Resilience to the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, National Security Council Staff, White House. In this role, she serves as the principal advisor on preparedness and resilience issues arising from climate change.
Collin O’Mara, President and CEO, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) will provide a keynote luncheon address. Before joining the NWF in July 2014, Collin served as the Secretary for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
To see the entire list of moderators and speakers, please click here.
Since 1993, Pace University’s Land Use Law Center has fostered development of sustainable communities by promoting innovative land use strategies and techniques for dispute resolution. This year’s 13th annual Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference includes discussions involving local control of what many experts see as the inevitable development of New York State’s gas shale resources.
Panelists explored issues related to the premises that: (i) Horizontal gas exploration will continue because of the nation’s need for the resource and (ii) Industry, governmental agencies, and responsible environmentalists support regulations that render the practice safe, and (iii) Impacts of the practice are imperfectly protected by current and proposed federal and state regulations. Lacking sound models for protecting against adverse impacts, local governments have banned fracking. This, in turn, has led states to preempt local authority, which perpetuates the neglect of local impacts. This panel gathtered industry representatives, regulators, scientists, and local leaders to discuss models for regulatory and non-regulatory options for localities to consider in lieu of prohibiting the practice.
Mark K. Bolling, President, V+ Development Solutions, a division of Southwestern Energy
Researchers from Tokyo’s Todai University and Yale climate scientists made up a 5-person forum that included talks on a variety of climate science topics Friday, September 21, at Kroon Hall. Featured talks included:
Asia: Observations and modeling - Yutaka Kondo (University of Tokyo)
Aerosol effects on ice clouds: Climate forcing and potential for geoengineering
Trude Storelvmo (Yale University)
Modeling the 100,000-year glacial-interglacial cycles: Forcing and Feedbacks
Ayako Abe-Ouchi, (The University of Tokyo)
Land use impacts on chemistry-climate interactions
Nadine Unger (Yale University)
A convective quasi-equilibrium view of observed monsoons
Bill Boos (Yale University)
How will global warming affect New England in the 21st century and how is the region preparing for the coming changes? On September 13th Yale Climate & Energy Institute hosted a town hall meeting on these questions, featuring short talks by climate and infrastructure experts and a panel discussion with Senator Chris Murphy (D, CT).
Anthony Leiserowitz, Director; Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, moderated a panel including:
Marion McFadden, Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
Katie Scharf Dykes, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
Kerry Emanuel, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT
Alexander Felson, School of Architecture; Director, Urban Ecology and Design Laboratory
Ronald Smith, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale Center for Earth Observation
The Yale Energy Science Institute’s Spring Symposium: Geophysical Approaches to Energy, Materials for Energy and Biological Approaches for Energy.
- Sally Benson, Stanford University
- Donald J. DePaolo, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Cristina L. Archer, University of Delaware
- Michael Strano, MIT
- Lynden Archer, Cornell University
- Yi Cui, Stanford University
- Bruce Logan, The Pennsylvania State University
- Stephen Mayfield, University of California, San Diego
- Derek Lovley, University of Massachusetts
A collective brainSTORM: How do you define the problem of coastal development in an uncertain climate? What makes the Northeast vulnerable to mega storms like Sandy? What are the biggest challenges and opportunities for coastal climate change adaptation moving forward? Organized by Land Use and Urban Coalition at Yale, and the Risk Reduction Adaptation and Disaster and Fresh & Salty SIGs. Sponsored by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Yale Climate and Energy Institute.
Alex Felson; FES, Yale School of Architecture, Assistant Professor
George Kral; Town of Guilford, Connecticut, Planner
Jennifer Pagach; Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Climate Specialist
Adam Whelchel; The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut, Director of Science
Tim Terway; Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Doctoral Student
Video: Panel discussion which concluded the symposium. We invite you to check back for more videos of individual presentations, here.
Yale Climate & Energy Institute (YCEI) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) recognize the need for sound earth and environmental science in development of energy resources. This joint symposium featured a broad mix of talks on research frontiers in the interdisciplinary science of unconventional hydrocarbon resources.
Mark Pearson, SPE Distinguished Lecturer, gave the introductory keynote address, “Hydraulic Fracturing of Horizontal Wells – Realizing the Paradigm Shift that has been 30 Years in Development.“
John M. Deutch, Institute Professor, MIT, and chair of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board 2011 Subcommittee on Hydraulic Fracturing moderated a panel discussion by industry, academic and government experts on best practices in development of unconventional resources.
Featured talks included:
Quinn R. Passey, ExxonMobil: The spectrum of ﬁne-grained reservoirs from shale gas to shale oil/tight oil: Geological and petrophysical attributes,
Carl Regone, BP: Geophysical models of unconventional reservoirs for seismic exploration and microseismic monitoring,
Emmanuel Detournay, University of Minnesota: Is toughness needed to predict the propagation of a hydraulic fracture?
Franz-Josef Ulm, MIT: The unconventional science and engineering of gas shale
Ridvan Akkurt, Schlumberger: Unconventionals research: The search for simple answers to a complex problem,
Avner Vengosh, Duke University: Shale-gas development and impacts on water resources,
Tad Fox, Battelle: Lessons learned in baseline water characterization for monitoring unconventional resource recovery,
Tarek Saba, Exponent Environmental: Environmental science of hydraulic fracturing: Separating the realities from the myths
Uriel Kitron’s talk on the eco-epidemiology of dengue, Chagas disease, malaria, schistosomiasis and West Nile virus is just one of 10 forum presentations that can be viewed here.
The YCEI, recognizing the need for sound science in evaluating the potential impact of climate change upon infectious diseases of humans, held a forum on climate and human disease on January 25, 2013. The forum was open to the public and the Yale community and offered formal overview presentations. Presentations addressed the impacts of temperature and hydrological changes on human health. Climate change effects on vector borne disease were emphasized.