YCEI Speaker Series Videos

YCEI holds a Speaker Series on various themes related to climate and energy

Climate Science

Climate scientists and climate models are in agreement that hydro-climate around the world will change as a result of rising greenhouse gas emissions.  Considering radiative forcing components only, dry places should get drier and wet ones wetter.  Are these changes already...
Presenting data as regionally focused (eg., "Southern New Hampshire", vs."New England"), and temperatures in fahrenheit vs. centigrade, are examples that Dr. Cameron Wake cites as ways to more effectively engage audiences that are not steeped in science, but who need its...
Jason Munshi-South, associate professor of Biology at Fordham University's at Fordham University's Louis Calder Center, describes ongoing efforts to develop species such as New York City's white-footed mice as models for examining the evolutionary implications of urbanization. Also...
Ulrike Lohmann is Full Professor for Experimental Atmospheric Physics in the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science since October 2004. She was born in 1966 in Berlin (Germany) and studied from 1988 to 1993 Meteorology at the Universities of Mainz and Hamburg. In 1996, she obtained her PhD...
Clark University's Christopher Williams trained as a land surface hydrologist and terrestrial ecosystem ecologist.  Clark University's website reports on his work: "Chris investigates how earth's biosphere responds to natural and human perturbations such as severe drought...
Mary Louise Timmermans introduces Peter Rhines who shares his latest field observations from the subpolar Atlantic and what they offer climate modelers. Peter's talk covers introductory concepts related to Arctic climate and how it influences atmospheric and oceanic circulation as well as more...
Linda Mearns has served as lead or co-convening lead author on several Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports and shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace prize. Mearns is director of the Weather and Climate Impacts Assessment Science Program and a senior scientist in NCAR...
Philip Rasch, an atmospheric scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, provides a background on geo-engineering, "an intentional change to the climate system, intended to counteract the effects of greenhouse gases."  Even if we make the decision never to deploy some of...
Radley Horton, Associate Research Scientist, Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University Earth Institute, shares his experience and perspective on key decisions made while working with the City of New York to mobilize scientists for a rapid assessment of the damage in the wake of Super...
Gavin Schmidt is a climatologist and climate modeler at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York who works on the variability of the ocean circulation and climate using general circulation models (GCMs). 
Yale Professor Ron Smith's talk focuses on the heat/drought surface climate feedback of the Texas Drought of 2011 and explores the effects of the drought on three regions of different land cover type. His work utilizes digital image processing and MODIS time series to statistically explore...
David Cassuto, from Pace University is moderator for a panel discussion including Professor Julie Zimmerman (Yale), Ben Grumbles (President of the U.S. Water Alliance), David Westman (Con Edison), and Robert Goldstein, (U.S. Military Academy). ***
Christoph Schar, Professor at the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, discusses historical heatwaves (including that of 1980 which claimed over 10,000 lives), the variability hypothesis, recent scenarios, land-surface atmosphere coupling, and atmospheric convection.

Energy

Tom Wilbur is the Author of “Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale."
Emily Grubert studies electricity fuel cycles, focusing on integrating knowledge about various environmental and social impacts of fuel extraction, use, and disposal to aid decision makers at a local level using life cycle assessment, textual analysis, and multi-criteria decision analysis. Her...
Johannes Urpelainen is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. His talk examines the potential for using renewable sources of energy, notably solar power, to combat energy poverty in India where two-thirds of the population relies on traditional biomass...
Daniel Yergin is Vice Chairman of IHS and the founder of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates.  He is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book The Prize. The New...
Karen Palmer, Research Director, Senior Fellow, and Associate Director of the Center for Climate and Electricity Policy, specializes in the economics of environmental and public utility regulation, particularly on issues at the intersection of air quality regulation and the electricity sector....
David Keith explains how solar geoengineering may enable a significant reduction in climate risks by partially offsetting climate change due to increasing greenhouse gases, however this emerging technology entails novel risks and uncertainties along with serious challenges to global governance. He...

Climate and Health

Phil Lounibos reviews the evolutionary history and competitive displacement between two mosquito species, Aedes aegypti (Yellow Fever Mosquito) and Aedes albopictus, (Asian Tiger Mosquito), responsible for the spread of Dengue Fever and chikunguya, two of the world’s most problematic...
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,...
An excerpt from Matthew Thomas's longer talk that lists a variety of basic things we ought to know about mosquitos in order to control mosquito populations and minimize transmission of mosquito-borne illnesses.
Joe Messina documents his work in East Africa where researchers look at the data like the tsetse would, selecting habitats based on desirable conditions of rainfall, temperature and soil moisture. The MSU team developed a model programmed to identify the most attractive habitats and predict the...
Julian Marshall, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Minnesota, discusses air pollution’s toll on human health with special focus on his experience in India.      
Wladimir Alonso explains the scientific possibilities and challenges in the investigation of the seasonal patterns of diseases in general and respiratory infections in particular. A demonstration of how students can reveal original epidemiological patterns by exploring ancient and contemporary...
Professor William Reisen is from UC Davis, Department of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology. He is an expert in mosquito and vectorborne disease ecology.  His research focus is population ecology of mosquitoes and their vertebrate hosts in relation to the epidemiology,...

Law and Policy

With evidence mounting that climate change is severe, pervasive and perhaps irreversible, why is society not responding as if it were preparing for war?  Professor Mary Wood says it’s because we assume that environmental law will protect us. But unlike many other facets of society that...
The world's megacities are on the forefront of efforts to deal with climate change for a variety of reasons, says guest speaker Rit Aggarwala: Most are located in coastal zones where the impacts of climate change are strongly felt by their residents. And the mayors of those cities, he says...
Todd Wilkinson's most recent book, Last Stand: Ted Turner's Quest to Save a Troubled Planet, is a diligently detailed, keenly interpreted, portrait of a smart, prescient, independent man driven to doing lasting good in the world on as large a scale as possible. Wilkinson is an environmental...
Fran Ulmer reminds people that "Antarctica has penguins.  The Arctic has people."  Ms. Ulmer was a University of Alaska Chancellor and Lieutenant Governor of Alaska from 1994-2002.  She talks about the effects of climate change in Alaska where average...
Radley Horton, Associate Research Scientist, Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University Earth Institute, shares his experience and perspective on key decisions made while working with the City of New York to mobilize scientists for a rapid assessment of the damage in the wake of Super...
Dr. Peter Gleick is a MacArthur award-winning visionary on water and climate issues. He co-founded and leads the Pacific Institute in Oakland, an  innovative, independent non-governmental organizations in the fields of water and economic and environmental justice and sustainability.  Dr....
Professor Burkett, Director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP), discusses possible new government structures and considerations needed to deal with a projected 250,000,000 refugees from island nations and coastal cities in the 21st century as a result of rising sea levels...
Berkeley School of Law Professor Andrew Guzman holds a Ph.D. in economics as well as a J.D. from Harvard University. He has written extensively on international trade, international regulatory matters, foreign direct investment and public international law. In Overheated, he assumes a 2-degree...
Sarah Krakoff of the University of Colorado Law School, teaches and writes in the areas of American Indian law and natural resources law. Her recent book, Parenting the Planet, discusses the different stages of man's relationship to nature. Her publications include “American Indian...
In the first of the YCEI/YCELP Policy Speaker Series, Keri Bolding discusses methods of communicating about climate change in an effective, resonating way. She discusses the differences between persuasive and educational communication, results and implications of public opinions research, keys to...
In the third installment of the YCEI/YCELP Climate Policy Speaker Series, Dorothy Barnett and Josh Galpern (filling in for Dr. Stephen Smith) discuss the Climate and Energy Project's (CEP) belief in an achievable clean energy future in the midwest and answer questions about CEP and Southern...

Climate and Social Science

Jenny Price is a public writer, artist, and historian, and the 2014 Barron Visiting Professor of the Environment & the Humanities at Princeton University. Author of "Thirteen Ways of Seeing Nature in L.A." and Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America, she's written...
In Oaxaca’s Isthmus of Tehuantepec, state and private interests have created the densest development of wind power anywhere in the world. This presentation examines how a governmentally supported, ecologically timely project, the Mareña Renovables wind park, failed in the face of...
Laura Nader pioneered the modern ethnography of law and energy.  In a storied career of over 50 years, she has conducted fieldwork in Mexico, Lebanon, and the United States, and published 12 books and over 350 articles on topics such as law, energy, education, and gender.  Dr. Nader was...
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...
Steven Stoll of Fordham University studies the history of agrarian society in the United States because he’s found that “agriculture offers the ideal vantage from which to observe the intersection of ideas and practices, economies and landscapes.” - See more at: http://climate....
Dr. Benjamin Sovacool discusses barriers to the development of commercial grid connected renewable electricity projects, to distributed forms of generation and energy efficiency practices.  His presentation examines the technical, economic, political and social barriers to...
Diego Angarita, Board Member at Co-Op Power, talks about community-based movements from alternative energy to community gardening in New England.
Annie Harper discusses Yale's Community Carbon Fund, a joint project of the Office of Sustainability and the Center for Business and Environment at Yale to support local carbon mitigation projects that go beyond Yale’s immediate campus. When money is donated, the Yale Community...
Barbara Rose Johnston of the Center for Political Ecology is an environmental anthropologist whose research explores the linkages between environmental crisis and human rights abuse, seeking acknowledgment and implementation of the right to a healthy environment, environmental equity...