Peter Lehner, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and NRDC Action Fund, spoke at Yale Law School on November 13, 2014. His talk, "Agriculture and Climate: The Forgotten 'Wedge,'" was part of the Pioneering Policy: Ideas for Breakthrough Climate Governance speaker series sponsored by the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy and Yale Climate & Energy Institute.
Angel Hsu spoke with CCTV America about the UN's Climate Change report. The interview aired November 3, 2014.
Linda Sheehan, executive director at the Earth Law Center in San Francisco, launched our fourth annual webinar series, Democratizing Environmental Protection, on October 20, 2014. Her presentation offered an overview of the nature's rights concept and clarified what it mean sto grant a river its right to flow.
A written recap is available here.
Angel Hsu's Biz Asia America interview with Phillip Yin aired September 24, 2014. Her segment begins at 06:00.
24 Hours of Reality: Discussion with Dan Esty and Maggie Grace
Vanessa Hauc interviews energy expert Dan Esty and actress and activist Maggie Grace to see why they are hopeful about progress in renewables. The interview aired September 16, 2014, as part of the 24 Hours of Reality project.
Professor Dan Esty appeared on The Colbert Report June 3, 2014, to discuss President Obama's Clean Power Plan. The plan includes new rules for existing coal-fired power plants that would cut emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
The full episode is available here.
Seeking the Signal through the Noise: The 2014 Environmental Performance Index, part of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Wednesday Seminar Series
In her April 9, 2014 lecture, Angel Hsu, principal investigator and project director of the 2014 Environmental Performance Index, discusses the theory and methods behind the project, highlighting why measurement matters and the potential big data holds for environmental decisionmaking.
For more information on the Environmental Performance Index, visit http://epi.yale.edu.
Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age
In her April 3, 2014 talk, University of Oregon School of Law Professor Mary Wood discusses her recent book, Nature's Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age, which defines the frontiers of public trust law and maps out a full paradigm shift for the way government agencies manage public resources.
The Farm Bill and the Environment: Missed Opportunities and Where to Next, part of the Center's third annual Policy Workshop Seminar Series: Frontiers in Food and Agriculture
Agricultural land occupies over 50 percent of the US landscape, and it’s unsurprising that the way crops are grown and livestock raised have profound effects on the environment. Yet agriculture is largely exempted, either by statute or rule, from provision of the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts. In his March 26, 2014 webinar, Craig Cox, senior vice president of the Environmental Working Group, reviewed the environmental implications of the 2014 Farm Bill and the limitations of the farm bill as a tool to harmonize agriculture and the environment.
A written recap is available here.
Can Capitalism Really Save The Planet? From Re-Wilding the American West with Bison, Wolves and Grizzlies to Taking on Climate Change, Global Poverty and Nukes, Ted Turner The Groundbreaker Puts It to the Test
In his February 18, 2014, talk nationally acclaimed journalist Todd Wilkinson discusses his recent book, Last Stand: Ted Turner's Quest to Save a Troubled Planet, which offers a “diligently detailed, keenly interpreted, and jaw-dropping portrait of a smart, prescient, independent man hard-driven by sorrow and passionately committed to doing lasting good in the world on as large a scale as possible.”
Creating a New Food Future, part of the Center's third annual Policy Workshop Seminar Series: Frontiers in Food and Agriculture
A sharp rise in organic agriculture has been mirrored by a proliferation of industrial technologies, the latest being a new generation of genetically engineered crops. In his February 12, 2014 webinar Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety, outlined strategies for advocating for organic agriculture (and beyond) while halting industrial agriculture.
A written recap is available here.
The [In]significance of the Monsanto Rider to the Farm Bill, part of the Center's third annual Policy Workshop Seminar Series: Frontiers in Food and Agriculture
In her January 28, 2014 webinar Laurie Beyranevand discusses the “Monsanto Rider” to the 2013 Farm Bill, which would have extended legal protection to the company in producing and distributing genetically modified seeds to farmers. Although the rider expired last year, it fanned the flames of an already heated nation-wide conversation about genetically engineered foods. Beyranevand focuses on the text of this controversial provision, its potential consequences, and its significance within the larger regulatory scheme that governs genetically modified foods in the US.
A written recap is available here.
Legal Structures for Just and Sustainable Food Systems, part of the Center's third annual Policy Workshop Seminar Series: Frontiers in Food and Agriculture
In her December 4, 2013 webinar Janelle Orsi, executive director of the Sustainable Economies Law Center, explored the legal entity structures and agreements that can contribute to a more just and sustainable food system, with a focus on the legal principles underlying cooperatives and the roles workers, consumers, and producer cooperatives can play in the food system.
Climate Change Adaptation in Megacities
Rit Aggarwala, special advisor to the chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, looks at how the world's megacities are preparing for climate change in this November 21, 2013, talk, delivered at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
Business as Unusual: Building the New Food Movement with Business Law, part of the Center's third annual Policy Workshop Seminar Series: Frontiers in Food and Agriculture
Farm Commons Executive Director Rachel Armstrong, in her November 20, 2013 webinar, examined the seemingly boring, routine legal issues farmers face and how, when looked at through a new lens, each are opportunities to put legal legs underneath the new food movement movement.
A written recap of her presentation is available here.
The New Food Movement: How We Got Here + Why It Matters, part of the Center's third annual Policy Workshop Seminar Series: Frontiers in Food and Agriculture
In her November 13, 2013 webinar Laurie Ristino, director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School provided a brief overview of modern agriculture history and the forces that produced our highly efficient, industrialized food system – touching upon the environmental, social, and economic impacts of our consolidated food production and the economies of scale that define its production, distribution, and marketing.
Her slides are available here.
Food Law Activism: Legal Models for Sustainable Businesses, part of the Center's third annual Policy Workshop Seminar Series: Frontiers in Food and Agriculture
In his November 6, 2013, webinar, Jason Foscolo, principal attorney at The Food Law Firm, explored some ways specialized legal tools can be used to promote sustainability, ethical livestock production, and soil-enhancing agriculture practices.
A written recap of his presentation is available here.
Climate Refugees and the Challenge of Statehood: Defining the Problem, Identifying Solutions
In her October 17, 2013, talk Maxine Burkett, a professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law and former director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy examines climate change and island communities -- with a specific focus on climate-induced migration and the challenges of statelessness.
Gender Food, and Agriculture, part of the Center's third annual Policy Workshop Seminar Series: Frontiers in Food and Agriculture
Maria Trumpler, Director of the Office LGBTQ Resources at Yale, spoke about the centrality of women’s labor and expertise in agriculture around the world in her October 2, 2013, webinar, highlighting the ways in which interdisciplinarity can illuminate conventionally delineated topics such as agriculture and gender studies.
A written recap of her presentation is available here.
What Happens in the Arctic Doesn’t Stay in the Arctic (or Why you Should be Paying Attention to the Arctic)
Fran Ulmer, chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission and the former Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, launched a semester-long speaker series, From Mitigation to Adaptation: Regional Responses to Climate Change, on September 24, 2013, with a talk highlighting the effects of climate change in Alaska where average seasonal temperatures have already increased by 4 degrees in summer and 7 degrees in winter.
Frontiers in Food and Agriculture: A Conversation with Tanya Fields, part of the Center's third annual Policy Workshop Seminar Series: Frontiers in Food and Agriculture
Tanya Fields, executive director of the BLK ProjeK, launched the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy's annual webinar series Tuesday, September 17, with a presentation that considers how addressing food justice and economic development can create small business and career opportunities for underserved women and youth of color.
A written recap of her presentation is available here.
Fracking: State and Local Regulatory Issues, part of the Center's Policy Workshop Seminar Series: Emerging Issues in Shale Gas Development
Negative impacts associated with fracking such as water and air pollution, hazardous waste generation, forest and habitat fragmentation, are, arguably, best tackled through the imposition of engineering and technological requirements at the federal and state regulatory level. Community impacts, on the other hand – heavy truck traffic, noise and light pollution, stresses on community services associated with an influx of out-of-state workers – demand a more localized approach. In the final installment the series, Kate Sinding, senior attorney and deputy director of the New York Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, looks at the legal issues relative to state and local regulation of hydraulic fracturing. The webinar aired April 12, 2013.
Air Quality and Human Health: An Interview with Roger Peng
Roger Peng, an Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health visited wtih YCELP's Angel Hsu on air quality indicators for human health and their policy relevance. The interview took place April 10, 2013.
Community Impacts of Marcellus Shale Gas Development, part of the Center's Policy Workshop Seminar Series: Emerging Issues in Shale Gas Development
In the seventh installment of the series, Susan Phillips from public radio station WHYY in Philadelphia discussed Marcellus Shale gas development in Pennsylvania. The stories she presented were originally reported by Ms. Phillips and her colleagues as part of StateImpact Pennsylvania, an award-winning collaboration between WHYY, National Public Radio (NPR), and WITF in Harrisburg. The webinar aired March 29, 2013.
A written recap is available here.
The Future of Oil and Gas Production in Colorado, part of the Center's Policy Workshop Seminar Series: Emerging Issues in Shale Gas Development
In the sixth installment of the series, Tom Hunt, the policy programs manager in the Colorado Energy Office, offers a state-policy perspective on the shale gas debate, examining the history, economic impacts, policy responses, and future of oil and natural gas production in Colorado. He focuses on the state-specific ways Colorado has sought to access the economic and energy security benefits of production while honoring the environmental protection and diverse property uses that Colorado citizens hold dear.
The webinar aired March 7, 2013.
Mr. Hunt's powerpoint presentation is available here.
Interview with NREL Senior Scientist Garvin Heath, part of the Center's Policy Workshop Seminar Series: Emerging Issues in Shale Gas Development
Bruce Ho, the Center's Environmental Law & Policy Fellow caught up with Dr. Garvin Heath, a senior scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), to discuss his recently completed research on the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from shale gas produced from Texas’ Barnett Shale.
Dr. Heath’s research is part of the same Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) report on “Natural Gas and the Transformation of the U.S. Energy Sector: Electricity” that his NREL colleague Jeffrey Logan discussed as part of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy’s Policy Workshop Webinar Series on Emerging Issues in Shale Gas Development last month. Dr. Heath’s work also provides additional perspective and data on the shale gas-climate change links that Environmental Defense Fund scientist Dr. Ramon Alvarez discussed with our Center in his webinar last fall.
The interview took place March 5, 2013. Dr. Heath's slides are available here.
Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change
In his February 28, 2013, talk Andrew Guzman, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for International and Executive Education at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses his new book Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change, which explores the real-world consequences of climate change.
Should we address the threat of invasive species by eating them? The ecological and economic harms of invasive species—from green crabs to kudzu—are widely understood, but the best policies for combating ecological invasions are still under debate. On February 13, 2013, the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and the Yale Sustainable Food Project co-hosted a panel discussion considering the ecological impacts of invasive species and the hotly debated question of whether eating these (often) tasty creatures is the best strategy for protecting the natural environment.
Panelists included Dan Simberloff, the Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Tennessee, Jackson Landers a freelance writer and hunting instructor, and Bun Lai, owner and chef of Miya's Sushi in New Haven, Conn. James Gorman, a science writer for the New York Times, moderated.
Natural Gas and U.S. Electric Power Futures, part of the Center's Policy Workshop Seminar Series: Emerging Issues in Shale Gas Development
In the fifth installment of our series, Jeffrey Logan, senior energy analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, looks at the shale gas boom's potential to fundamentally alter the evolution of the U.S. power sector. Abundant, low-priced natural gas has already led to over 300 terawatt-hours of fuel switching from coal to natural gas in the existing fleet of combined-cycle generators. Whether this shift continues or reverses itself will depend on the relative price differential between coal and natural gas. Natural gas is also beginning to affect the potential for other power generation options as well. The webinar aired February 12, 2013.
Balancing Environmental, Social, and Economic Impacts of Shale Gas Development Activities, part of the Center's Policy Workshop Seminar Series: Emerging Issues in Shale Gas Development
In the fourth installment of our series, Mark Boling, President of V+ Development Solutions, a division of Southwestern Energy Company, examines the debate surrounding shale gas development, which he says can be best characterized as an emotionally charged, trench warfare that fails to adequately address the real risks. His presentation explores industry’s role in helping to create this mess and discusses what industry can do to refocus the debate by having an open dialogue about the real obstacles to responsible development of this resource and how to develop workable solutions to overcome these obstacles. For Southwestern, this means engaging with environmental groups, regulators and the communities affected by its operations to find solutions effectively balancing the economic, environmental and social impacts of the company's activities. The webinar aired January 23, 2013.
A recap by the Center's Environmental Law & Policy Fellow Bruce Ho is available here.
Understanding and Improving Regulation of Shale Gas Development, part of the Center's Policy Workshop Seminar Series: Emerging Issues in Shale Gas Development
As gas development has expanded, so, too, have questions about the adequacy of its associated legal regime. Answers to these questions are complex: local, state, regional, and federal laws apply to various development stages, and the common law also plays an important role. In the third installment of our series, Professor Hannah Wiseman discusses this web of laws and how it addresses risk concerns. The webinar aired December 5, 2012.
The powerpoint presentation is available for download here.
The "C" Words: Addressing Climate Change Without Talking About Climate Change - Regional Perspectives
In this November 12, 2012, talk Dorothy Barnett and Josh Galpern (filling in for Dr. Stephen Smith) discuss the Climate and Energy Project’s (CEP) belief in an achievable clean energy future in the midwest and answer questions about CEP and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) work in Kansas and the southeast U.S.
What It Takes to Get Sustained Climate Benefits from Natural Gas, part of the Center's Policy Workshop Seminar Series: Emerging Issues in Shale Gas Development
In the second installment of our series, Dr. Ramón Alvarez discusses the ongoing efforts to better quantify the methane losses associated with natural gas production. The webinar aired November 8, 2012.
Environmental Implications of Shale Gas Development: Frack versus Fiction, part of the Center's Policy Workshop Seminar Series: Emerging Issues in Shale Gas Development
Yale Professor of Hydrology Jim Saiers provides an overview of the latest science on the environmental impacts of shale gas extraction through fracking. This primer covers the nature and supplies of shale gas and the history of the fracking methods used to unlock this resource.The webinar aired October 10, 2012.
The "C" Words: Addressing Climate Change Without Talking About Climate Change - Public Opinion and Messaging
In her September 25, 2012, talk Këri Bolding, vice president at Resource Media discusses public opinion on climate change and how that shapes the development of climate- and energy-related advocacy campaigns.
As a prelude to the Center's 2012-2013 Policy Workshop Seminar Series: Emerging Issues in Shale Gas Development, Bruce Ho, the Center's Environmental Law & Policy Fellow, sat down with Sheila Olmstead to discuss some implications of the shale gas boom. Their interview took place on September 19, 2012, following the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies panel on hydraulic fracturing on September 18.
China Strategy and Action on Climate Change Part of the Climate Change Solutions: Frontline Perspectives from Around the Globe webinar series.
Dr. Fuqiang Yang, senior adviser at NRDC on climate change, energy and environment, discusses climate policy from China's perspective, highlighting the major achievements and lessons on climate change in China's previous five-year plan (2006-2011), and market-based measures in the current five-year plan (2011-2015). The webinar aired May 8, 2012.
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China Strategy and Action on Climate Change -- Webinar
Dr. Yang's powerpoint presentation China Climate Change Strategy and Action
Korean Green Growth Policy as Paradigm Shift: Implications for Development, Sustainability, and International Environmental Law Part of the Climate Change Solutions: Frontline Perspectives from Around the Globe webinar series.
Mr. John Leitner, a fellow at the Seoul National University Center for Energy and Environment Law and Policy, discusses climate policy from South Korea's perspective. The webinar aired April 26, 2012.
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Energy Security of Asia in the 21st Century Part of the Climate Change Solutions: Frontline Perspectives from Around the Globe webinar series.
Mr. Nobuo Tanaka, the Global Associate for Energy Security and Sustainability at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, discusses climate policy from Japan's perspective. The webinar aired April 10, 2012.
P.J. Simmons Green is Good Interview
P.J. Simmons, co-author of The Green to Gold Business Playbook, spoke with John Shegerian and Mike Brady about developing and implementing corporate sustainability strategies on the Green is Good weekly radio show. The program aired March 23, 2012.
Dealing with Climate Change: The Indian Context Part of the Climate Change Solutions: Frontline Perspectives from Around the Globe webinar series.
Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Director General of The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI) and Chair of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), offers his perspective on climate policy in India. This webinar aired March 28, 2012.
Q&A with Mary Nichols
Mary Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board, gave the keynote address at the Yale Environmental Law Association’s second annual New Directions in Environmental Law Conference on February 25, 2012. While she was on campus, she sat down for an interview with Agustín F. Carbó-Lugo, a MEM candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
The End of Deforestation in the Amazon: Is it Possible? Part of the Climate Change Solutions: Frontline Perspectives from Around the Globe webinar series.
Dr. Paulo Moutinho, Executive Director of the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM) discussed Brazil's climate change and deforestation policies in this webinar, which aired February 16, 2012.
Reinventing Fire: A Conversation with Amory Lovins
Amory Lovins, co-founder of Rocky Mountain Institute , discussed his book Reinventing Fire -- which maps business-led pathways for the U.S. to phase out fossil fuels -- at the Yale School of Forestry and Environment Studies in February 2012.
2012 Environmental Performance Press Conference
The 2012 Environmental Performance Index was released in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum on January 26, 2012.
Climate Policy in Canada: (Snow)Boots on the Ground Part of the Climate Change Solutions: Frontline Perspectives from Around the Globe webinar series.
Dr. Shi-Ling Hsu, Professor of Law at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, presents a look at the climate conversation in Canada. This webinar aired January 18, 2012.
Government, Civil Society or Business: Where is Leadership in Tackling Climate Change in the UK? Part of the Climate Change Solutions: Frontline Perspectives from Around the Globe webinar series.
Mr. Peter Madden, Chief Executive of Forum for the Future discusses climate change policy in the United Kingdom, highlighting what the government, civil society and the private sector are doing to cut carbon emissions. This webinar aired December 8, 2011.
Dan Esty & P.J. Simmons BlogTalkRadio Interview
Dan Esty and P.J. Simmons, co-authors of The Green to Gold Business Playbook, spoke with Wayne Hurlbert about developing and implementing corporate sustainability strategies on BlogTalkRadio. The program aired December 1, 2011.
Russian Energy Future 2050 and Greenhouse Gas Levels Part of the Climate Change Solutions: Frontline Perspectives from Around the Globe webinar series.
Dr. Alexey Kokorin, Head of WWF Russia's Climate & Energy Program, discusses his research and perspectives on Russian greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reduction scenarios and policies. This webinar aired November 17, 2011
The Nuclear Power Endgame in Germany Part of the Climate Change Solutions: Frontline Perspectives from Around the Globe webinar series.
R. Andreas Kraemer, Director of Ecologic Institute, Berlin, provides his frontline perspective on Germany's nuclear power phase-out and its implications for climate policy. Germany may well be regarded as the nation where the endgame of nuclear power began. The conservative and pro-business German government proposed a law to switch off all nuclear power plants by the end of 2022. Polls indicate that 85 percent of Germans want nuclear power to be phased out within a decade. A clear technical and economic vision of a clean energy future, and a renewed determination for rational energy policies, fuel this demand. The webinar aired October 4, 2011.
International Climate Negotiations: Where are they headed prior to Durban, and what do key countries need to do? Part of the Climate Change Solutions: Frontline Perspectives from Around the Globe webinar series.
Jake Schmidt, international climate policy director at NRDC, provides his frontline perspective on international climate policy. In December 2011 countries will meet in Durban, South Africa, for the next high-level negotiation on climate change (the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties or COP17). This meeting comes as new temperature records are being set, key countries are moving forward with plans to cut their emissions, and the clean energy economy is growing rapidly. Yet, international climate negotiations are struggling to implement the agreements reached in Copenhagen and Cancun. These agreements, if implemented, could lay a critical foundation for international action. The webinar aired September 6, 2011.
P.J. Simmons Google Author Talk
P.J. Simmons, co-founder and chairman of the Corporate Eco Forum and co-author with Dan Esty of the Green to Gold Business Playbook, discussed corporate sustainability strategy as part of the Authors@Google program in August 2011.
The Long Death of Environmentalism
Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger, Co-Founders of the Breakthrough Institute, discuss the current state of environmental movement and look at how environmentalism must evolve in order to effectively address the ecological challenges of a new century. They delivered this talk at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies on February 23, 2011.
Global Warming's Six Americas
Anthony Lieserowitz, Director, Yale Project on Climate Change Communication discusses "Global Warming's Six Americas."
Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy Director Dan Esty moderates a panel with Yale World Fellows Gidon Bromberg, Tim Jarvis, Vincent Perez, and Sascha Muller-Kraenner. The panel convened October 28, 2009.