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  1. Rusk Seto Himalaya
    YSE News

    Compound Hazards Pose Increased Risk to Highly Populated Regions in the Himalaya

    September 13, 2021

    Urbanization trends in the Himalaya are exposing more people to risk from compound hazards such as flooding, landslides and wildfires, a new study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment has found.

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    A New Vantage Point: At Nobel Summit, YSE Professor Karen Seto Explains How Satellites Are Changing How We Understand Human Activity

    May 3, 2021

    Karen Seto, Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science at the Yale School of the Environment (YSE), spoke at the recent Nobel Prize Summit, a worldwide gathering of Nobel Prize laureates, scientists, policy makers, business leaders, and youth leaders.

  3. YSE News

    Karen Seto Spotlighted for Earth Observation Research

    March 16, 2021

    Karen Seto, Yale School of the Environment (YSE) Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography Urbanization, has been named one of 15 leading women in machine learning for Earth observation by Radiant Earth Foundation for her research of global importance.

  4. Portrait of Eleanor Stokes superimposed over nighttime image of Earth from space
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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.

  5. natural disaster trade
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    When Disaster Strikes Locally, Urban Networks Spread the Damage Globally

    May 4, 2020

    Disasters that occur in one place can trigger costs in cities across the world due to the interconnectedness of the global urban trade network. In fact, these secondary impacts can be three times greater than the local impacts, a Yale study finds.

  6. YSE News

    Ride On: Rock to Rock Goes Virtual

    April 24, 2020

    The annual Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride — which has raised more than $1 million for environmental groups such as the F&ES-based Urban Resources Initiative (URI) over the past decade — will go virtual this year due to social distancing requirements. URI’s Anna Pickett, a longtime organizer of the event, explains what that means.

  7. norway wood timber hotel
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    Can Wood Construction Transform Cities From Carbon Source to Carbon Vault?

    January 29, 2020

    A new Yale study predicts that a transition to timber-based wood products in the construction of new housing, buildings, and infrastructure would not only offset enormous amounts of carbon emissions related to concrete and steel production — it could turn the world's cities into a vast carbon sink.

  8. YSE News

    Pedal Power

    January 1, 2020

    A group of Yale professors are using bicycles to measure heat stress in New Haven.

  9. YSE News

    Global Urban Growth Typified By Suburbs, Not Skyscrapers

    December 18, 2019

    An F&ES analysis of 478 cities with populations of more than 1 million people finds that urban growth across the world is predominantly moving outward rather than upward, a trend that is generally considered inefficient and unsustainable.

  10. YSE News

    How Much Energy Do We Really Need?

    November 18, 2019

    Two fundamental goals of humanity are to eradicate poverty and reduce climate change, but achieving these goals will involve trade-offs. New research by Narasimha Rao of F&ES provides insights into these tradeoffs — including the tools needed to relate basic needs directly to resource use. 

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    For Some Urban Areas, Warming Climate is Only Half the Threat

    November 14, 2019

    Urban expansion will cause the average summer temperature in these areas to increase about 0.5 to 0.6 degrees C by midcentury — but up to 3 degrees C in some locations, according to a new F&ES study.

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    Landmark Report Finds Urban Natural Forests Require Greater Management

    March 19, 2019

    Researchers at F&ES have partnered with the Natural Areas Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land on a first-of-its-kind report on how U.S. cities manage urban natural forests — critical greenspaces that they found are frequently lacking the proper resources.

  13. YSE News

    Two F&ES-led Teams Receive Leitner Grants for ‘Uncommon’ Collaborations

    June 28, 2018

    F&ES this week announced the winners of the first Leitner Awards for Uncommon Environmental Collaborations, a grant fund that promotes collaborations for environmental teaching and research across the Yale campus.

  14. YSE News

    Can Science Keep Up with Growth of The World’s ‘Mega-Urban’ Areas?

    October 25, 2017

    In a Special Feature of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, edited by Yale Professor Karen C. Seto, some of the field’s leading thinkers examine the growing implications of global urbanization trends, including their impacts on resource use, potential environmental tradeoffs, and human wellbeing.

  15. YSE News

    Conference Shines Light on Town-Gown- Inspired Advances in Urban Sustainability

    October 10, 2017

    Across the U.S. some of the most successful sustainability-related projects are the fruits of partnerships between cities and universities. A one-day conference at Yale will highlight some of these success stories — and provide insights into how they might be replicated elsewhere.