Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Hey again! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. I was able to spend time with family in California and with friends in Colorado and New Hampshire. It was a great break, but I’m excited to be getting back into the swing of things here at FES. Spring semester is ramping up with exciting new classes and opportunities.

As the semester starts, you might be wondering how to get involved, stay involved, or even just stay informed. I’d like to draw your attention to several of the different publications at FES. For a comprehensive list, you can check out this website. I had the opportunity to chat with several different people working on four very interesting ventures. I’ll be highlighting four of FES’s publications and projects.

Geoff Giller, former Editor-in-Chief of SAGE Magazine, just graduated with an MESc in December 2013. He recently accepted a job at Scientific American Magazine in New York. Congratulations Geoff! Before he left, I got the opportunity to ask him a little bit about Sage Magazine. Geoff said:

SAGE Magazine publishes a wide range of writing, photography, and video under the broad umbrella of ‘the environment.’ But we especially pride ourselves on giving a voice to the people who are doing the work in the field, or the lab, or at the conference; the people directly involved in a project. Many of our pieces come from students or recent graduates who, unlike a journalist reporting a story, have experienced first-hand the topics they’re writing about, and can therefore speak with an authority not often found in many environmental publications.”

Sage Magazine welcomes submission from writers, photographers, podcasters, graphic designers, and filmmakers from around the world. Feel free to contact them at sagemagazine@gmail.com to start that conversation.

Urs Dieterich, a current MEM student at FES, is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Environment Review. Urs works alongside Lynette Leighton, fellow Co-Editor-in-Chief, and a wonderful staff of current and past FESers. According to Urs:

“The Yale Environment Review (YER) is a student-run magazine that aims to bridge the gap between environmentally related academic research and its application to policy and management. In order to increase  access to specialized information, YER publishes readable and concise summaries of original, peer-reviewed literature so that it can be useful to those engaged in the field of environmental and natural resource management. Our writers believe that communicating the primary literature is an important way to improve public policy and promote more informed decision-making.

The Yale Environment Review is different from other FES publications in that its main goal is to convey scientific content in a neutral and objective manner without painting the picture more colorful, or enriching facts with personal views. YER articles need to pass the “mom test,” meaning that we try to avoid jargon and use easily understandable phrases to get the public interested in environmental science news and to reach a non-academic audience. Other than YPCCC or e360, YER is entirely student-run and relies on the curiosity and motivation of Yale students in their particular fields of interest.”

For questions, comments, or literature suggestions, feel free to reach out to the YER team at environment.review@yale.edu.

Yale Environment 360, or e360, is an award-winning web magazine that provides comprehensive coverage of global environmental issues. To dive a little deeper in what e360 does, I spoke with Crystal Gammon, current Web Editor. Crystal explained:

“Yale Environment 360 is an online magazine offering opinion, analysis, reporting and debate on global environmental issues. It is a publication of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Launched in 2008, we feature original articles by scientists, journalists, environmentalists, academics, policy makers, and business people, as well as multimedia content and a daily digest of major environmental news.”

The staff of e360 can be reached at e360@yale.edu for any questions or comments.

And last but not least, we have one group that is not so much a publication, as it is a research center that produces reports on American’s attitudes, beliefs and behaviors in regards to climate change: the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC). Last month, Kevin Dennehy, Communications Officer at FES, blogged about a Twitter campaign that YPCCC used to challenge its viewers to give #ClimateThanks.

I was able to talk with Bessie Schwarz, one of YPCCC’s student research assistants. Bessie is a current MESc candidate at FES, and she manages media and outreach analysis for YPCCC. Here’s what she had to say about the project:

“The Project on Climate Change Communication seeks to bridge the gap between science and society by revealing how Americans understand and what they do about global warming. The center grew out of the groundbreaking conference ‘Americans and Climate Change,’ convened in 2005 by FES to explore why, in the face of increasingly strong climate science, the United States had not passed strong policy. Today, our team of statisticians, geographers, and communication strategists investigate the psychological and social factors that drive public perception and behavior in the U.S. and abroad. YPCCC also empowers communicators with information and strategies to more effectively engage their audiences and recommends initiatives to catalyze action.

In short, our work addresses climate change as a social problem, trying to inspire a more effective, science-based dialogue about the crisis. In my two years with YPCCC I have helped drive the center’s media work, organizing a press conference at the UNFCCC COP in Doha, doing media interviews on NPR, and leading strategy meetings.”

After reading that short introduction, do you find yourself asking “What Can I Do?” If so, you’re in luck. YPCCC has the answer for you. They say you can: 1. Learn more and stay informed; 2. Reduce your own carbon emissions; 3. Become a citizen climate scientist; and 4. Take political action. Find out more about the YPCCC at http://environment.yale.edu/climate-communication/.

Check out some of these publications in your spare time, or you can use them as a great procrastination tool to make you feel like you’re still doing something useful!