Climate Policy

Study Shows Health Co-Benefits Justify Costs of Greenhouse Gas Reduction

A new study by Thompson et al. (2014) suggests that greenhouse gas reductions can be economically justified based on health benefits that result from associated reductions of other pollutants such as particulate matter and ozone that frequently come from the same sources.

Although this linkage has been studied for some time, the connections between policies and health and economic benefits are highly

Climate & Energy Bookshelf: Christine Klein and Sandra Zellmer, Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster

Christine Klein is the Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law at the University of Florida College of Law and Sandra Zellmer is the Robert B. Daugherty Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law. Professors Klein and Zellmer will discuss their new book, Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster, which chronicles the engineering and legal developments that have sought to control the Mississippi River.

The Intersection of Climate and Agriculture, NRDC Executive Director Peter Lehner

Please join us Thursday, November 13, for a conversation with Peter Lehner, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

International efforts to address climate change have been bogged down – and are underperforming against the challenge of reducing the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy and Yale Climate & Energy Institute are hosting a speaker series this year highlighting novel approaches to climate governance.

Assessing the Consequences of Carbon Mitigation Options for Water Resources: A Case Study from Australia

The climate-energy-water nexus is one of the most challenging environmental issues of the 21st century. This talk analyzes the policy decision by the Australian government to centre its climate policy on sequestering carbon in the landscape and presents some potentially damaging outcomes that may arise from this strategy.  The findings are relevant to other regions that are currently under water stress or may be in a changing climate.

Shale Gas: Addressing the Gap Between Federal and State Regulations

A previous workshop sponsored by YCELP at Pace Law School confirmed that many land use impacts of fracking are not adequately addressed by state and federal regulatory schemes. This follow-up event at Yale will summarize the findings of the first event and convene practitioners and experts to help identify local governance best practices that municipalities can employ to control the impacts of fracking in place of outright bans on the practice. 

First United Nations Resilience Academy Held in Bangladesh

Densely populated, and with 80% of its area located on a floodplain within 8 meters of sea-level1, Bangladesh is one of the world’s most flood-prone nations.  As such it’s an appropriate setting for a series of two United Nations University Resilience Academies that convene experts in research, policy and practical applications to help developing nations deal with the effects of climate change.

When Fracking Comes to Town: Pace University's 14th Annual Land Use Conference (Panel Discussion)

Resiliency is the theme of Pace University’s upcoming 15th annual land use conference.   Defined as “ how systems and settlements stand up to shock from the outside…”1, resiliency is an appropriate organizational concept for a panel discussion on how communities might respond to the potentially shocking discovery of rich stores of gas shale beneath their land.

Ending This Climate Madness

By Alisa Zomer

Even before the climate negotiations began this week, Typhoon Haiyan sent a message to the world – a message that is still making waves. The strength and trajectory of Typhoon Haiyan was unprecedented, even for the Philippines, an island nation that experiences more disasters than most. In response, the lead Filipino negotiator declared a fast for the duration of the climate negotiations until progress has been made to “stop this madness.”


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