Penumbra: Interviews/Reports/Opinions

Penumbra is the YCEI Communication Desk’s archive of opinions, reports and interviews. Choose a subject area we have reported on, and a selection of related stories, videos and podcasts will populate the screen.

by Eric Ellman

For forty years, Royal Dutch Shell has committed significant intellectual resources to forecasting the future.  Multiple futures, that is, in the form of alternative scenarios presented as if...

by Eric Ellman

Rebuilding communities in the wake of Superstorm Sandy in a way that prevents similar damage from recurring is a job for the world’s best architects, engineers and scientists. So last year the federal government partnered with philanthropies and think tanks to sponsor a competition to...

by Eric Ellman

Acute respiratory infections – the result of smoky cooking fires in poorly ventilated homes – kill an estimated 4 million people each year1, most of them women and children in developing nations.  Household air pollution (HAP) and the unimproved cook stoves that cause it have stymied...

by Eric Ellman

Arctic researchers set the internet buzzing this week, announcing they’d discovered a new “giant” virus in Arctic permafrost.  Thawed in their lab, it quickly infected and killed host bacteria, confirming that 30,000 years of freezing had left the virus viable.  While researchers confirmed...

by Eric Ellman

Last month the USDA announced plans to create seven climate change “hubs” to provide outreach and training on behalf of the farm, agriculture and forestry sectors in the seven regions they serve.  The effort represents a realignment of existing government resources rather than new investment. ...

by Josh Galperin

Handing down its decision in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court put Pennsylvania’s municipalities back in charge of regulating the land use impacts of shale gas development. Whether or not the court’s decision is sound, and whether or not municipal...

by Eric Ellman

Eighteen months ago researchers from Cornell University revealed a model that described conditions for an epidemic of Chikungunya virus in New York City1.   Combining climate data and eco-epidemiological parameters, they assigned a 38% probability of an outbreak given the arrival of a...

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