Intuition has long suggested that consumption plays a key role in driving climate impacts and resource use. A recent article in Yale’s Journal of Industrial Ecology brings rigor and detail to this understanding. Using a new multiregional input-output database (EXIOBASE 2.2), which describes the world economy at the detail of 43 countries, five rest-of-the-world regions, and 200 product sectors, the authors are able to trace the origin of the products consumed by households and represent global supply chains for 2007. It shows that household consumption contributes to more than 60 percent of global GHG emissions and between 50 percent and 80 percent of total land, material, and water use.
Traditionally, the analysis of household environmental impacts has been based on national statistics and production systems, treating imported goods as if they…
On February 16 I sat in on a career coffee chat put on by CDO and the RRAD (Disasters) Student Interest Group. The featured guest was Nepal-based Austin Lord ’14 M.E.Sc., a Fulbright Scholar, Research Consultant to UNDP on post-disaster response, and founder of volunteer humanitarian initiative Rasuwa Relief.
It was interesting to hear about Austin’s journey post-F&ES. After graduation he went to Nepal through the aid of the Yale Himalaya Initiative and the Cornell Summer Funding Program. At the time Austin had no idea that he would do anything related to disasters. As an F&ES student he hadn’t been involved with the disasters SIG. But he would quickly discover that for a social scientist, there is an incredible demand and need for working in the setting of disasters…
A new scholarship for conservation science leadership has reenergized the community at F&ES. Margaret McCarthy ’82 B.A. and Robert Worth, with their joint passion for the preservation of all things wild, contributed to a fantastic new opportunity for students. The MK McCarthy-RW Worth Scholarship honors two individuals with demonstrated dedication to problem solving and leadership in the conservation realm.
Two 2015 F&ES graduates, Tara Meyer and Danielle Lehle, were key in the creation of this scholarship opportunity. They are also avid conservationists themselves.
Tara is a wildlife biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, where she manages regional wildlife conflict and private lands programs. During her summer at F&ES, she studied snow leopards in the Hissar Mountains of Tajikistan using camera traps and DNA analyses. Tara…
Kevin McLean, a National Geographic explorer who will receive his Ph.D. from F&ES this May, studies and documents little-known arboreal mammals by setting up video camera traps in neotropical forest canopies. His research has produced not just great science, but some great stories.
On its Web site, National Geographic recently published a video of McLean’s latest trip to Panama, where he took his longtime boyfriend, Dan Aeschliman, on his first climb. As NatGeo writes, “they both were in for a surprise.”
We are at an auspicious moment in the global movement to address the affliction of excessive carbon emissions. The signs of change are present in all major sectors of our society as seen through:
… and much more.
In the spirit of “Carpe Diem” the Kroon Carbon Team is proposing that we, as a community of diverse yet like-minded individuals, come together in an effort to share our collective knowledge on how to address this carbon challenge and take action to reduce our school’s carbon emissions.
Our call to action for you is to:
1. Communicate your…
From December 2015 through May 2016, Yale University will be running an exciting carbon charge experiment, designed to test whether a price on carbon is a feasible and effective policy to reduce the carbon footprint of the University.
For this pilot program, Yale has selected 20 campus buildings that will be divided into four concurrent experimental groups exploring different schemes for pricing carbon emissions. Kroon Hall, the home of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, is among the buildings that will take part in this pilot program along with SOM´s Evans Hall, Yale Health Center, the Peabody Museum and others.
The four experimental conditions include:
• Group 1: Redistributive charge, in which charges are applied to the buildings that perform worse than their counterparts and redistributed…
Congratulations to Professor Michelle Bell!
Her new Center, SEARCH (Solutions for Energy, Air, Climate, and Health) has been awarded a $10 million, five-year grant by the Environmental Protection Agency to study air pollution, energy, climate change, and human health. This is the largest federal grant received by F&ES in the school’s history.
Professor Bell will serve as Director of SEARCH and will collaborate with F&ES, Geology & Geophysics, Environmental Engineering, and Public Health along with faculty at Johns Hopkins and North Carolina State University.
She says that the Center will have four related research projects that deal with energy/econometric modeling, personal exposure monitoring and assessment, air quality and climate change modeling, and epidemiology/public health. “The Center is an excellent example of F&ES’s vision to have collaborative research…
According to Time Magazine, La Oroya, Peru, is one of the 10 most contaminated places in the world. AIDA and APRODEH, two non-governmental organizations in the environment and human rights spheres, are working to address this issue. Currently, their teams of attorneys are building a case against the state of Peru for failing to bring Doe Run Peru, a smelter located in La Oroya, into compliance. This case is being brought to the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights on behalf of a group of La Oroya residents and patients who are suffering from adverse health effects thought to be caused by contamination from the smelter.
We, a team of graduate students at Yale University, have been collaborating with the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (known as AIDA, its Spanish acronym) through the…
Writer Alexander Zaitchik says he first heard about Luke Weiss ’15 M.F. from an elder of the Waorani, a tribe that lives along the Amazon tributaries in northeastern Ecuador. “He spoke of a white man living with the Secoya, a small tribe settled on a nearby river, but one who had ceased to be a white man,” Zaitchik writes in Men’s Journal, where he profiles Weiss in a new article.
“This man had become Secoya. He practiced the tribe’s oldest and most difficult traditions.”
In the 5,100-word piece, Zaitchik tells the story of how Weiss, once “just another dropout on the gringo trail,” became a tribal leader, heir to the tribe’s revered 103-year-old shaman — “and maybe their best hope for survival.”
How did a college…
Welcome to the Kroon Carbon Challenge!
In December 2015 Yale University launched a four part pilot program exploring a variety of internal carbon charge strategies using twenty Yale buildings. The goal of this program is to analyze whether carbon pricing is an effective way to improve the university’s environmental sustainability.
Kroon Hall, home of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, is a part of this pilot program. After seeing Kroon’s December report, Forestry faculty, staff and students felt discouraged. The building was not performing nearly as well as we would have hoped, especially since we consider ourselves sustainability leaders on this campus. Energy usage in December increased in almost every category (lighting, heating, plug loads, and hot water) compared to 2014’s data. Kroon Hall is already…