Global Climate Action Summit: A Tale of Two Climates

The Global Climate Action Summit had many powerful moments. During the three-day event, held last week in San Francisco, former Vice President Al Gore brought the crowd hope by asserting that the U.S. is still officially in the Paris Agreement, and that the next president could easily reverse President Trump’s decision to withdraw. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley of Barbados reminded us that the intense storms, which have been fatal to her neighboring countries, happened at a higher rate than ever recorded with only a 1-degree C rise — and that we are on the path to a 4-degree rise. Jane Goodall reminded us to protect forests, and to not let them be “the forgotten solution.” Deforestation represents one-third of greenhouse gas emissions globally, while efforts to control it…

A New Global Database for Quantifying the Impact of Consumption and Trade

How is it possible to measure a nation’s environmental impact when half its goods are imported from China and other regions?

Over the past decade, a consortium of European researchers has developed a database that offers new clarity on the increasingly complex links between international trade, consumption, and environmental impact. Known as EXIOBASE 3, the database enables new insights to be drawn about the environmental impact that trade has had, who benefits, and who is harmed by increasing globalization.

In a new special issue, The Global Multi Regional Input Output Database “EXIOBASE,” Yale’s Journal of Industrial Ecology (JIE) examines how this database was designed and built. The issue shows how it will improve understanding of the effects…

The Perks of New Haven

As admitted students are carefully considering their graduate school options, we hear questions about academic programs, campus culture and finding jobs. I wanted to take a quick break from these very important questions to talk about what is so great about New Haven as a city. Below are my takes on some the perks and I have included amazing resources that I would recommend.

Everything outdoors

We talk about East Rock as a neighborhood where many F&ES students live but East Rock is also the name of the park north of the neighborhood. It is a great spot for a quick hike and provides a beautiful view of the city. Just a few miles north into Hamden, you can also explore Sleeping Giant State Parks miles of hiking…

Lunar New Year Celebration

Authored by Tina Huang, MEM ’19

On Feb 10th, the Asia Student Interest Group (SIG) and the Coalition on Food and Agriculture (CAFE) co-hosted an event to celebrate Lunar New Year by making vegetable dumplings and having a community discussion on the sustainability of China’s food system. Lunar New Year is the most important celebration in many Asian societies. Just like the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, it is the time of the year that people go back home to reunite with families and friends to celebrate the arrival of a new year (2018 is the year of the dog!)

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Sustainability is more than just the environment, but can we quantify that?

Cutting edge research on life cycle sustainability assessment

It is widely acknowledged that sustainability involves more than just the health and viability of our biophysical environment. Figuring out how to capture the multiple dimensions of sustainability in quantitative models, however, is a significant challenge.

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a well-established and widely-used tool for the systematic assessment of environmental impacts of products, services, and technologies. In an effort to include economic and social impacts, LCA researchers have worked to extend the tool — to develop life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA).

Admissions Student Assistant, Sarah Omusula

My name is Sarah Omusula, a first year MESc student from Kenya. Kenya is a beautiful country, rich in biodiversity and one cannot resist falling in love with its beauty! Before coming to Yale I worked with Action for Cheetahs in Kenya (ACK), a non-profit organization whose focus is: to understand cheetah health and habitat selection; raise awareness on predator conservation through community participation; and mitigate human wildlife conflict to safe guard the community livelihoods. I will be happy to chat about conservation of wildlife in Kenya with you! At Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES), I am interested in remote sensing, data analysis, conservation and climate change.

Irrespective of where we come from, we all face different challenges during school application. Everyone’s experience is different based…

Nerves and impasse in the wake of Hurricane Maria

“Javier, how are your friends and family?” was for a while the question many asked me at Yale F&ES. Every time felt sincere and I appreciated it. Two weeks had not passed before some people found themselves asking it again. Wait, was that the same hurricane?

Summer Reflections: A Love Letter to Puerto Rico

Back in August, I wrote a sun-bathed reflection about my experience this summer in San Juan, Puerto Rico. When Hurricane Irma hit, I updated the story to highlight the critical role Puerto Rico was playing as a hub for staging and coordinating aid for its neighbors. Then came Maria.

The photos and stories of an island ripped apart, of people (who, by the way, happen to be U.S. citizens) left without running water, power, and reliable communication for weeks now, and the agonizing slowness of getting desperately needed resources to the people who need them is a jarring manifestation of how far we haven’t come with preparedness for the type of natural disasters that climate change is already producing. As a neighbor, we have a responsibility to…

FES in Ghana

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Spring break is a notorious time for adventure. At FES, many students take the opportunity to travel all over the country and around the world for Yale coursework. About 40 of us participated in various Global Network Weeks, an offering through the School of Management and its partner institutions as part of the Global Network for Advanced Management.

Taking a minute to talk about living in New Haven, Connecticut.

Hello, and welcome to F&ES. My name is David McCarthy; I am a second-year MEM student and a lifelong CT resident who has lived in New Haven since 2008. I’m studying climate change adaption through the lenses of resiliency, conservation, strategic communication, and policy. I work for the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the Office of Admissions and would to take a minute and talk about living in New Haven, Connecticut.

More widely, CT is a very diverse state with a lot to offer regarding food, scenery, city and rural life. We are smack in the middle of Boston and New York City, two great destinations if you’ve never been. I have driven through almost all of CT’s counties, cities, and towns, and each one is very…