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Sue Biniaz: The Future of International Climate Cooperation

Sue Biniaz, a lecturer at Yale Law School and former lead climate lawyer for the U.S. State Department, joins Jhena Vigrass (YSE ’22) and Charles Harper (YSE ’22) to discuss what might lie in store for the Paris Agreement and international climate cooperation after the momentous events occurring later this week—namely the U.S. election and the official U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.

On World Environment Day, “A Better Planet” Event Highlights the Need for Collaboration

This June, four authors from “A Better Planet: Pathways to a Sustainable Future” joined Center Director Dan Esty, Yale FES Dean Indy Burke, and special guest UN Ambassador Marco Antonio Suazo to discuss how the lessons from “A Better Planet” can be used to address today’s environmental challenges.

Christiana Figueres Receives 2020 Honorary Degree

Monday, May 18, 2020

The Center would like to express our deepest congratulations to Christiana Figueres, an internationally recognized leader on global climate change,  who will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to signal her achievement and immense contribution to environmental and social activism.  As executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, she worked across national boundaries and competing interests to galvanize nearly two hundred countries as parties to the Paris Agreement.  

In 2016 at an event hosted by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Ms. Figueres discussed the urgent new phase necessary in the fight to curb global warming.  She also joined Center Director Dan Esty to discuss  the Paris Climate Agreement in a studio interview.  Click here to view their discussion. 

To read more about Ms.Figueres accomplishments, click here

Congratulations to Ms. Figueres and the rest of the class of 2020! 

Yale Carbon Removal Symposium Highlights Opportunities and Barriers for Climate Change Mitigation

Leaders in science, policy, and business gathered on October 4 at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES) to discuss and debate pathways for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The event was co-hosted by the Climate Change Learning Community, Climate Change SIG, the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking, and Carbon 180.

Yale Environmental Dialogue Kicks off Climate Week in New York City

The Yale Environmental Dialogue kicked off Climate Week in New York City this Sunday with an event featuring some of the environmental movement’s biggest thought leaders. As global leaders gather to discuss the climate crisis, the Yale Environmental Dialogue hosted its own lively conversation on the trajectory of the global response to climate change.

Next Steps for Climate Change: A Conversation with Todd Stern

On Monday, October 22, the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy hosted Todd Stern for a conversation about the next steps for climate change. Stern, the former US Chief Negotiator for the Paris Climate Agreement, is currently a senior fellow at Brookings Institution and a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School. Center Director Professor Dan Esty moderated the event.

Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum Brings Together Perspectives on 21st Century Sustainability

Two weeks ago at the Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum, leaders in the environmental field gathered to share ideas, perspectives, and solutions on a range of disciplines related to sustainability. This year’s forum, hosted in partnership with the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and the Yale Office of International Affairs, focused on “mega trends distinguishing sustainability from its 20th century precursors”.

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