When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest report this spring, like many of you, I felt alarmed by its stark analysis of the climate emergency and the breadth and scale of its impact — from intensifying threats from wildfires, heat waves, drought, rising sea levels, and natural disasters to disruptions in food systems and forced migration.
The Fire Paradox: A Threat, But Part of the Solution
YSE alumni are combining innovative forest restoration treatments with traditional land management methods to make ecosystems more resilient to destructive wildfires.
Coral Vita Wins Earthshot Prize
Coral Vita, the world’s first commercial land-based coral farming company for reef restoration founded by Sam Teicher ’15 MEM and Gator Halpern ’15 MEM, was named a winner of the inaugural Earthshot Prize.
In a first-of-its-kind study, a team of researchers led by YSE Professor of Sociology Justin Farrell found that Indigenous nations across the U.S. have lost 98.9% of their historical land base and this land dispossession is associated with current and future climate risks.
Exploring the Depths of Water’s Role in Climate Change
Aquatic ecosystems play an essential role in the greenhouse gas emissions cycle. Water bodies can sequester carbon — and they can also release emissions. Reducing these emissions and exploring ways of increasing their potential for carbon uptake is at the center of new climate research at YSE.
The Life(cycle) and Times of a YSE T-Shirt
When it came time to design and source more sustainable school swag for YSE and The Forest School, Wan Ping Chua ’21 MEM and Leah Wise ’22 DIV had a perfect combination of skills and experience to undertake research based on a life cycle assessment approach (LCA).
2021 YSE Alumni Association Award Winners
From Bhutan’s national parks to Brazil’s tropical forests to U.S. college campuses, 2021 YSE Alumni Association Award winners — Dechen Dorji, Daniel Piotto, and Nan Jenks-Jay — are making a difference for the health of our planet.
(1941–2021) Conservation biologist known for his decades-long field research on deforestation in the Amazon, inventing “debt for nature” swaps, and promoting the term “biological diversity.”
(1938–2022) Instrumental in adopting the National Log-A-Load for Kids Program, which has raised over $10,000,000 for Arkansas Children’s Hospital