Penumbra: Interviews/Reports/Opinions

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

by Eric Ellman

How the vectors and ecology of infectious disease alter as the globe warms is one of the most poorly understood topics in climate change science, but most important for human health.  Globally, infectious disease accounts for 1/3 of the 52 million people who die each year1...

by Eric Ellman

In August, 2012, Bill McKibben published an essay in Rolling Stone calling for the nation’s universities to divest their oil and gas holdings. Within a year, seven universities agreed to stop purchasing energy stocks and to start a staged sell-off of...

Eric Ellman

A new era for water managers began on the Colorado River last month.  Prompted by 14 years of drought and new rules to deal with it, the Bureau of Reclamation is cutting the annual release at Glen Canyon Dam by nearly 10%.   While downstream consumers won’t suffer immediate impact it’s another...

Because his lawsuit now goes forward, Professor Michael Mann can’t discuss his latest victory in defamation proceedings against a small consortium of climate change deniers.  But following a recent presentation at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science the author of ...

by Eric Ellman

The House Energy and Commerce Sub Committee invited Obama administration officials to a hearing Wednesday to discuss proposed new rules to limit carbon emissions.  EPA chief administrator Gina McCarthy and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz were the lone...

Prolonged drought and attendant economic havoc set the stage for regional unrest in the Middle East warned Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy at a town hall organized by YCEI at Yale on Friday. With him to discuss how New England can mitigate and respond to the effects of climate change was an all...

Just prior to the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and the Yale Climate and Energy Institute (YCEI) convene a panel of experts to discuss how New England is preparing for a future that includes rising sea levels, changing hydrology, migrating public...

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