A research team from Yale and Columbia universities will release the 2014 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) — a global assessment of environmental performance — at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Saturday, Jan. 25.
At that time, the full report and redesigned website will be available at http://epi.yale.edu.
The EPI is a ranking of countries’ performance on high-priority environmental issues in two broad policy areas: protection of human health from environmental harm and protection of ecosystems. The 2014 EPI, the tenth iteration of the project, introduces some exciting innovations, especially as they help inform the ongoing discussions surrounding the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
• The 2014 EPI scores and ranks 178 countries. Countries new to the EPI come…
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…
In late October 2013, I attended the Third International Marine Protected Areas Congress in Marseille, France. Check out my earlier blog post about an innovative way that island leaders exchanged knowledge during the conference.
At the Third International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC3), I had the opportunity to observe an inspiring island leader in action. His Excellency Ambassador Ronald Jumeau from Seychelles spoke boldly at the conference about the central role of islands in marine protection.
I first met Ambassador Jumeau in New Haven before IMPAC3, when he visited our Yale F&ES International Organizations and Conferences class. He explained that he came to New York in 2007 as permanent representative of Seychelles to the UN. As head of the Seychelles delegation at UN climate…
It is no secret that I’m New Haven’s biggest fan. There is so much delicious food, art, beauty, and fun packed in this small city that I think it is truly such a wonderful place to be a grad student and live. We may not have sunny California’s steady weather, but we do have incredible seasons and get to experience the best of each. A little snow just makes us tougher, you know?
Anyway, before the offices closes for the holiday season, I just wanted to share this really cute video that some Yale undergrads made. I think it is pretty clever, but it also goes to show you how fond other people are of this place, besides me!
To watch on YouTube, click here
Earlier this year, a group of F&ES students traveled down the I-95 corridor, from New York to Washington, to explore how four major cities are using “green infrastructure” to handle storm water runoff. In each city they received an important piece of advice: Just get projects built.
“What all these cities helped us understand was the importance of getting projects in the ground, just to see how they function in your own city,” said Caitlin Feehan M.E.M. ’14, who helped organize the research trip.
This week, the students can say they’ve helped New Haven put its own project in the ground. The research they conducted as part of their class, F&ES 963: Payments for Ecosystem Services, helped inspire plans for new green projects in the Elm…
Leading up to and at COP 19, I worked with the Union of Concerned Scientists, helping them to develop policy positions related to climate change adaptation and mitigation in global agriculture. Agriculture is a nascent subject within the UNFCCC, but by 2020, global emissions targets relating to both forests and agriculture will be incorporated under a single heading of “land use.” Addressing agricultural emissions will be a significant step for the UNFCCC. The following statistics convey why:
- According to a recent report published by the Union of Concerned Scientists, demand for food is predicted to increase by at least 60% by 2050 – not simply because of population growth, but because of changing consumption patterns, referred to as the “nutrition transition.” Developing countries are rapidly adopting a
During the week of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC) found an effective way to generate a buzz in the global climate debate: Add a hashtag.
More than 2,600 Twitter users responded to the YPCCC’s challenge to give “#ClimateThanks” on the popular social media site, posting nearly 8,000 tweets about individuals and groups making a difference in the climate fight. Those tweets generated more than 25 million timeline deliveries, and reached more than 7.2 million unique followers.
Participants included high-profile climate scientists, U.S. lawmakers, journalists, non-governmental organizations and thousands of individuals who simply care about climate issues.
“All in all, the campaign far exceeded our expectations,” said Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. “I was…
Our application deadline is quickly approaching! Only a few days left until December 15th and we can feel the nerves pouring through.
1) Proof read! This is my number 1 tidbit for applicants. It doesn’t matter how last minute your application is, take the time to proofread it and have someone else proofread it. It doesn’t particularly matter who other proofreaders are – your personal statement should be pretty readable by anyone. It’s about you, your goals, your career ambitions, and why you want to come to F&ES. It shouldn’t be overly technical, or, conversely, overly vague. My friend, Amy “the grammar queen” proofread my application and helped me take out unnecessary portions, showcase my writing skills, and clarify unclear sections. I can’t stress this enough: your personal statement…
Hello Prospective Foresters,
It’s exam period here, so I thought I would use my perspective as a beleaguered first year masters student to offer you (what I hope is) some cogent advice on your grad school plans. At exactly this time last year (literally to the day) I was in the exact same position that you probably currently find yourself in. I was working a full time and on weekends and evenings I was crafting application essays, trying to pull myself out my workload far enough to see the light at the end of the tunnel. When I was about halfway through the application process, I called home to vent about my essays. During this conversation my mom pointed out that what I was working on was not 1…
I traveled to the port city of Marseille, France, to attend the Third International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC3), expecting to be immersed for several days in formulating policy recommendations that would have little practical impact on marine management. Ocean acidification, coral bleaching, and plummeting fish stocks were all familiar topics from my years working in Hawai‘i with a climate change research program, and I anticipated spending hours rehashing these issues with conservation professionals who daily fight an uphill battle, rather than forging meaningful solutions. On all counts, I could not have been more wrong.
My journey to IMPAC3 began months before I set foot in Marseille when I applied to work with the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) as part of the International Organizations and…