Climate Policy

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 and YCEI 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

By Elizabeth Tellman

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.”

YCEI COP 19 Fellow Diana Madson Holding "Ask Me Anything" Session on Reddit, Live From Warsaw Friday @ Noon

Interested in the basics of fossil fuel divestment? Its moral and financial implications? Its relevance to a global deal? Join DivestCOP Reddit Ask Me Anything starting at 12pm EST.

We are DivestCOP working to bring the fossil fuel divestment movement to the international community at COP19 - AMA

Uncertainty in Climate Change: A Conversation with Climate Scientists and Economists

Bill Nordhaus (Yale), Marty Weitzman (Harvard), Gary Yohe (Wesleyan), John Reilly (MIT), Tony Smith (Yale), Geoff Heal (Columbia), Mark Pagani (Yale), Dan Lunt (U. of Bristol), Chris Forest (Penn State), Trude Storelvmo (Yale), Klaus Keller (Penn State), Kevin Trenbert (NCAR), Bill Boos (Yale), Stephen Schwartz (Brookhaven Nat. Laboratory) were the climate scientists and economists participating in a day-long workshop to discuss the role of uncertainty in climate change and its economic and social impacts.

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