Interviews / Q&As


  1. Celebrating Old Growth

    Renowned environmental authors recently took part in a Yale-led discussion that celebrated the release of Old Growth,  a collection of essays and poems about the rich inner lives of trees.
  2. Cities Aren’t Ready for Weather Extremes — No Matter What You Call Them

    Xuhui Lee, a professor of meteorology at F&ES, says that it’s difficult to link climate change to two recent hurricanes that devastated parts of the U.S. and the Caribbean. But decades of scientific research do suggest that weather extremes such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will become more common — and cities will pay a steep price.
  3. Market Insights: Aligning China’s Energy Goals With the ‘Public Good’

    Xizhou Zhou M.E.M. ’06 believes that the energy sector can help lift more of the world’s people out of poverty by providing heating, electricity, and the mobility that will provide access to a more connected world. He also sees the need for a robust regulatory system to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the energy sector. These impacts are immediately
  4. Will Politicization of COVID-19 Crisis Erode National Consensus On Response?

    A new survey on public perceptions of the COVID-19 crisis found a national consensus that protecting public health should come ahead of opening the economy. But that dynamic could change quickly as the issue — like climate change — becomes increasingly politicized, Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communications, says in an interview.
  5. Yale Economist: Trump Order Unlikely To Alter Tightening U.S. Coal Market

    President Trump today ifted a moratorium on the federal coal leasing program, predicting that it will create new jobs and reduce U.S. reliance on foreign energy sources. The order will do neither, predicts Kenneth Gillingham, a Yale economics professor who has published extensive research on the program.
  6. Lovejoy, ‘Godfather’ of Biodiversity, Reflects On 50 Years in the Amazon

    Over the past five decades Thomas Lovejoy has helped bring global attention to the Amazonian rainforest and the threats it faces, leading seminal research that has become the foundation of the field of conservation biology — even coining the term “biological diversity.” On Feb. 23 he visits F&ES to discuss his 50 years in the Amazon, and new directions in
  7. The Complex Implications of COVID-19 on Global Energy Markets, Consumer Behaviors

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    From January to February, NASA and European Space Agency pollution monitoring satellites detected significant decreases in nitrogen dioxide over China. The change was at least partly related to the economic slowdown following the outbreak of coronavirus.
    The paralytic effect of the COVID-19 threat on human activities has triggered a steep decline in energy use worldwide, grounding airlines, keeping motorists off roadways, and grinding industry to a halt. 
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    But while this monumental shift has had dramatic short-term environmental implications — including steep emissions reductions in some of the hardest-hit regions — the dire effects on global energy