Project Director Ron Smith explains the nature of gravity waves, how they propagate high into the stratosphere and then collapse, creating Brewer-Dobson circulation cells that influence global weather. His international team of researchers spent most of the summer flying the night skies New Zealand to study the phenomenon.
IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri applauds Shell Oil for internally assuming a $40/ton price on carbon for their long-term planning needs. He suggests that a peer-reviewed study could significantly advance the single measure which many feel could get CO2 emissions under control.
The same week as he oversaw release of the most recent IPCC report, "Patchy" is honored for his service as YCEI's Founding Director. He reflects here on when he first became concerned about climate, and the hope he sees now that major corporations are planning for a lower carbon future. He'll be joined on the podium...
Tony Leiserowitz, Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, discusses how "Six Americas" hear, interpret and respond to different messaging on climate change, and how health-related impacts de-politicize the discussion.
Professor John Nolon is the founder of the Pace Land Use Center at Pace Law School in White Plains, New York. He explains how the existing division of responsibilities between federal, state and local government inadequately serves the competing needs of society in the wake of the hydraulic fracturing boom.