Yale economist Robert Mendehlson is a leading authority on resource economics, which involves valuation of environmental goods and services. He co-invented the Ricardian technique which measures the climate sensitivity of agriculture. He comments here on the importance and remaining mystery of monsoons, and their enormous importance to billions of people.
Yale Assistant Professor Bill Boos hosts an international gathering of 30+ social and physical scientists from around the world for a two-day workshop on monsoon science, April 16-17, 2015. Details here.
Rapid expansion of electrical service in developing countries is a common concern in the climate change community. The aspiration for universal access to electric power is understandable; electricity is crucial to alleviation of poverty, but the accompanying increased burning of fossil fuels to supply that energy potentially hinders efforts to mitigate climate change.
A recent study in Nature Climate Change uses two national datasets to quantify the…
Studies evaluating the impact of climate change have mostly focused on the effects of mean changes in climate. This approach may severely underestimate the vulnerability of human society to anthropogenic-driven climate change. This is because the biological and agricultural sectors are also affected by changes in climate variability and extreme events. A recent article by Thornton et al. (2014) reviews our current understanding on the topic and highlights significant gaps in the research. Expected changes due to climate…
“Say what you want about 350.org,” said Peter Knight, who manages $11BB of socially responsible investments, “but they changed the discussion.” If 350.org brought the divestment discussion into the living room, SOM students brought it into the board room on Friday night for history’s first “Low-Carbon Portfolio Case Competition.”
Todd Cort co-directs the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale. He reviews the specifics of socially responsible investment (SRI) and offers suggestions for participants in the School of Management’s upcoming inaugural “Low-Carbon Portfolio Case Competition, co-sponsored by YCEI.
You know the divestment debate has reached a new phase when an investment firm offers a $10,000 prize to the business school team with the best strategy for lowering the carbon…
A low-carbon investment case competition at the Yale School of Management in November marks a new first for Yale, and a homecoming for the practice of socially responsible investment.
Yale’s School of Management presents the first national competition for business school students to demonstrate the most innovative and financially successful portfolio management plan for a hypothetical company that has chosen to divest its fossil fuel holdings.