Communities around the world celebrate spring with cherry blossom festivals. Japan is particularly famous for them, with some towns generating 40% of their annual revenue from the event. According to recent research by scientists from several institutions (including Yale’s YCEI), festival organizers may have to hold the events up to a month earlier by the end of the century. The team used a 29-year
studies and investigations pertaining to climate science in the most general sense
One frequently cited effect of climate change is the increased risk of flooding which could cause serious loss of life and property in many parts of the world. Areas including Southeast Asia, India, eastern Africa and the northern Andes are likely to be hit the hardest.
Anthropogenic climate change is predicted to dramatically alter biodiversity and species distributions around the globe, particularly if many species are unable to disperse to new habitats or evolve and adapt to new climatic conditions in their current habitat.
Regional climate responds to global temperature trends, but is also influenced by regional-specific and/or hemispheric processes. For example, as a result of global warming and higher polar…
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.
Kevin Lafferty is an ecologist with the US Geological Survey. He is also adjunct faculty at UC Santa Barbara where he helps run the ecological parasitology research group and mentors a half dozen PhD students. His research interests include how infectious diseases interact with food webs, conservation, marine ecology, human health, climate change, and biodiversity.
Tracey Osborne is Assistant Professor in the School of Geography and Development and Director of the Public Political Ecology Lab at the University of Arizona. Her research investigates the political ecology of environmental markets, particularly carbon markets, and their implications for the lives and livelihoods of forest communities in the Global South. Specifically, she explores the intersection of carbon markets, development, and agrarian change as they relate to forestry-based carbon initiatives in Mexico.
With the atmospheric CO2 level just reaching the hallmark value of 400 parts per million this May, a key question is how much global temperature change we should expect in the near and distant future…
When will the summer Arctic be nearly sea ice free? The answer is “eventually” given anthropogenic warming, but different considerations of the available data yield different answers. Overland and Wang address this question and attempt to predict 21st century summer Arctic sea ice loss by applying three distinct approaches to the problem…