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  1. Solar panels at sunset in a rural setting
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    Solar in the American Mind

    December 1, 2021

    A grant from the U.S. Department of Energy has YSE Professor Ken Gillingham examining what influences the decisions Americans are making regarding solar energy and electric vehicles.

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    Environmental Fellows Program ‘21 YSE Cohort

    November 29, 2021

    The seven YSE graduate students and recent graduates in the 2021 Environmental Fellows program have diverse backgrounds and experiences, but share the same impassioned commitment to their environmental work.

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    Efficient Buildings Could Save Thousands of Lives in U.S. Every Year

    August 20, 2021

    Buildings in the U.S. are responsible for 40% of the country’s total energy consumption. By improving the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings, the emissions generated from heating and cooling them could be reduced – preventing thousands of premature deaths every year.

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    Study Finds Poor Households in India Bear Brunt of Pollution Effects

    July 26, 2021

    Poorer households in India are bearing a disproportional impact from pollution caused by others, a new study by Yale School of the Environment Associate Professor of Energy Systems Narasimha Rao has found.

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    Advances in Energy-Climate Change Models Will Help Refine Policies

    May 14, 2021

    Narasimha Rao, associate professor of energy systems at the Yale School of the Environment (YSE) testified May 4 on climate and energy research at the Department of Energy  (DOE) before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy.  Rao, whose research examines the relationship between energy systems, climate change and human society, discussed the importance of more inclusive and realistic modeling to help formulate policies on climate change.

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    What is Driving Reductions in Residential Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the U.S.?

    May 3, 2021

    A study led by PhD student Peter Berrill finds smarter home construction and decarbonization of electric supply are contributing to lower emissions from individual households, but troubling trends show other factors could begin to cancel out this progress.

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    Proposed Infrastructure Plan Provides Opportunities for Green Innovations

    April 1, 2021

    Ken Gillingham, associate professor of environmental and energy economics at the Yale School of the Environment, assesses the climate-focused initiatives embedded in Biden Administration’s $2 trillion infrastructure package.

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    Fossil Fuel Companies Benefit from Inefficient Pricing on Climate and Health Consequences

    March 24, 2021

    Fossil fuel producers in the U.S. are directly benefiting from implicit subsidies on the order of $62 billion a year because of inefficient pricing that doesn’t properly account for the costs of damages to the environment, climate, and human health.

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    Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance Teams with BNY Mellon on ESG Research

    March 10, 2021

    The Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance is partnering with investment bank BNY Mellon to expand research on sustainable investing, ESG metrics, and how sustainability performance affects financial results.

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    Eleanor Stokes Named Rising Star for Leading Role in Nighttime Satellite Imagery Project

    March 9, 2021

    Eleanor Stokes PhD ’18 has been named one of Geospatial World’s 50 Rising Stars for her work on Black Marble, NASA’s first nighttime light dataset, which provides insights on human settlements and the interactions between urban activities and the environment.

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    Bell Elected to the Prestigious National Academy of Medicine

    October 19, 2020

    Michelle Bell, the Mary E. Pinchot Professor of Environmental Health at YSE, was elected today to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

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    Wherever the Sun Shines: Bringing Solar to Low- and Middle-income Communities

    July 16, 2020

    A new guidebook based on research by YSE scholars offers a roadmap for installing rooftop solar panels in communities that are often overlooked when it comes to promoting renewable energy solutions.  

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    Decline in Green Energy Spending Might Offset COVID-Era Emissions Benefits

    June 22, 2020

    Researchers have documented short-term environmental benefits during the  COVID-19-related lockdown, but that silver lining could be far outweighed by a long-term decline in clean energy investments, a new Yale-led study finds.

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    If People Grasped the Full Cost of Cars, They Might Make Greener Choices

    April 23, 2020

    A new paper co-authored by Yale economist Kenneth Gillingham finds that consumers significantly underestimate the total cost of car ownership. If they fully grasped the full costs, the paper reports, they would be likely to switch to cleaner transportation alternatives.