Forums and Symposia
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.
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/
Story by Kevin Dennehy of Yale News, here.
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
Nuclear power satisfies nearly 20% of the nation’s energy needs, and as much as half for states including New Jersey, South Carolina, Illinois and Connecticut. Its carbon-free nature, and safety record compared with coal – which kills millions of people each year – has earned nuclear power a long second look. Leading climate scientists including James Hanson, Kerry Emanuel and Michael Mann have taken strong public stands on its behalf.
Adjunct Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering Professor Yehiah Khalil, who helped write new safety protocols following Three Mile Island, and Yale College student Jared Milfred, the nation’s youngest licensed nuclear plant operator, are organizing a forum to inform the non-expert Yale public of new technological and policy developments that could lead to increased utilization of nuclear power in efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions. Participants include Dr. James Hansen, President of the American Nuclear Society Michaele Brady Raap and former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair Allison Macfarlane, now Director of the Center for International Science and Technology Policy at George Washington University,.
Conference organizer Jared Milfred describes plans for the conference in a short interview here.