Making History in Paris:
Yale and the COP21 Climate Talks

Faculty and Students Help Shape Key International Negotiations

For the dozens of Yale students, faculty, and staff who were in Paris for the landmark climate talks this month, it was more than just a rare chance to watch history unfold up close. They helped make history.

On the Road to Paris:
F&ES Students at COP21

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Twenty-five students from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies are working on projects that will help shape the critical COP21 climate talks in Paris this December. For many of these students, this work will mean a front seat to the historic negotiations. Read their stories
Throughout the COP21 talks, members of the community — including 60 students from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Yale College — filled a wide range of roles. They served as delegators at the conference, provided critical translation, spoke on panels, and presented original research. They hosted side events, covered breaking news on social media, and worked with NGOs, international coalitions, student organizations, and Yale-based programs.
And ultimately they each played a part in achieving a historic agreement, which sets an ambitious target to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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Daniel Esty and Ma Jun on Climate Change

Invitation to Dan Esty and Ma Jun Talk

Dan Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy and Ma Jun, Yale World Fellow ’04, Director, Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs at the Yale Center Beijing.

The Paris 2015 Climate Change Agreement: Breakdown or Breakthrough?

January 25, 2016
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COP21 Roundtable — The Road Through Paris

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On Dec. 1, during the final lecture of the F&ES Diverse Voices series in Kroon Hall, faculty and students will discuss how their work is contributing to climate solutions at all levels, and their expectations for success at the Paris climate talks.
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Yale Environmental Sustainability Summit

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The first ever Yale Environmental Sustainability Summit, held on Nov. 6-7, aimed to strengthen a network of Yale leaders in sustainability, create opportunities for collaboration — and provided a platform to discuss potential outcomes in Paris.
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The Paris Agreement: Spotlight on Climate Migrants

Earlier this month, the world celebrated a great achievement- an international climate change agreement. While the Paris Agreement contains a number of ambitious provisions, there’s one urgent area where it doesn’t go far enough: climate-induced migration.

On December 10th, International Human Rights Day, I attended a COP21 panel that explored the links between human mobility and climate change. I learned that a staggering 19 million people from over 100 countries were forced to flee their homes last year for reasons linked to climate change. This amounts to one person displaced by climate change every second. Migration is the “human face” of climate change and it’s not receiving the international attention and resources it demands.

Climate-induced migration: What? Where? Why?

Climate-induced migration is a global…

COP21 Week 1 Data Analytics from the #DataGeeks at

The opening of the UNFCCC COP21 conference saw 150 world leaders gather together in an act of global solidarity like no other. According to the UN, never before have so many Heads of State come together for a common purpose under one roof. Many leaders gave speeches that day, but none moved me more than the words of President Obama. In his opening speech at COP21, he said:
“For all the challenges we face, the growing threat of climate change could define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other…..That future is one that we have the power to change.  Right here.  Right now.  But only if we rise to this moment.  As one of America’s governors has said, “We are the first generation

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If you’ve been following the first week of COP21 events, you’ve likely noticed there’s one word consistently in the spotlight – ‘resilience.’ Over the last decade, resilience has moved from the field of ecology to a central concept in debates on climate change adaptation, vulnerability, food security and disaster risk reduction. While definitions differ, resilience at its heart focuses on the ability of people and ecosystems to recover after a shock.

In the face of rapid climate change and extreme weather events, building the resilience of vulnerable areas has become a goal for the international community. However, resilience is an abstract concept that can be difficult to quantify. How do we know if a community is becoming more resilient? What metrics and framework can we use to…

This post is authored by: Larry Rodman, Sachi Singh, Rachel Fried and Sam Geldin

The IPCC held its side event Monday evening, November 30, focused on communications strategies to help the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) make its work more accessible and actionable. The panel of speakers included Hoesung Lee, the new Chair of the IPCC, Paul Lussier, Director of the Yale Science Communications With Impact Network (SCWIN), Celia Blauel, Deputy Mayor, City of Paris, Ali Shareef, a Member of the UNFCCC Adaptation Committee, and Keith Tuffley, CEO, The B Team Business Leadership Initiative. Jonathan Lynn, Head of Communications of the IPCC moderated the panel.

The speakers discussed the need for the IPCC to leverage its reputation for rigorous science to reach a broader audience and find practical…

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