The book was published by Yale University Press.
The essays cover such subjects as ecology, environmental justice, Big Data, public health, and climate change, all with an emphasis on sustainability. The book focuses on moving toward sustainability through actionable, bipartisan approaches based on rigorous analytical research.
Authors include Nobel Prize-winning economist William Nordhaus
; Jane Lubchenco
, former NOAA director; Thomas Lovejoy
, a conservation biologist and “father of biodiversity”; and Susan Biniaz
, the former lead climate lawyer for the U.S. State Department who helped negotiate the Paris Agreement. The book was edited by Daniel Esty
, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at F&ES and Yale Law School. View the full list of authors and their abstracts
The book was produced by the Yale Environmental Dialogue
(YED), an F&ES-based initiative that aims to transform the national discussion on environmental policy. Created in 2017, the initiative has brought together experts from a range of disciplines, backgrounds, and political perspectives to engage in meaningful discussions about challenges facing the planet and discuss potential solutions.
While sustainability has emerged as global priority over the past several years, partisan divides have stalled many efforts to address critical threats, said F&ES Dean Indy Burke, one of the book’s contributors.
“We know that we’re living at a time, especially here in the U.S., when political division and deep disagreements over core principles have stalled so many important urgent conversations about the environmental challenges we face,” she said. “It doesn’t need to be this way. In fact, if we are to address these challenges in a meaningful way we have to do the hard work of bridging these divides.”