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    Mercury on the Move

    Despite a decline in active mercury pollution, lingering environmental mercury is still a human health concern. Scientists working to track the movement of global mercury have discovered a new route – mercury moves through the stocking of lakes for recreational fishing. Because of fish stocking, the toxic heavy metal is moving from oceans to mountain lakes at an estimated global rate of one ton per year. This finding calls for fisheries managers to pay closer attention to the health of their recreational stock before releasing into lakes.

    Nathalie Sommer

    May 17, 2018
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    Finding the tipping point: Losing America's Western conifer forests to climate change and wildfire

    A warming climate in the American West is causing major changes to the iconic conifer forests. A team of researchers describe how we might be losing these forests to drought and more frequent wildfires.

    Ben Rifkin

    May 17, 2018
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    What is the true value of a breath of fresh air?

    In the quest to improve air quality, researchers and policymakers aim to determine the costs and benefits of air pollution reduction strategies. Recent research introduces a model to account for both the direct and indirect benefits of clean air, and applies this method to reveal that the benefits of curbing ground level ozone concentrations through a cap-and-trade program far exceed the implementation costs.

    Sofia Caycedo

    May 1, 2018
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    A new democratic approach to ecosystem services valuation: An experiment in New Hampshire

    Ecosystem service valuation is a method for assigning economic value to an ecosystem. This is not a holistic process. Many environment benefits such as food, water and climate stability cannot be measured by economics alone. To include these additional benefits, researchers developed an innovative method that considers environmental aspects through open dialogue and public engagement.

    Anna Maria Cárcamo

    April 23, 2018
What is the true value of a breath of fresh air?

In the quest to improve air quality, researchers and policymakers aim to determine the costs and benefits of air pollution reduction strategies. Recent research introduces a model to account for both the direct and indirect benefits of clean air, and applies this method to reveal that the benefits of curbing ground level ozone concentrations through a cap-and-trade program far exceed the implementation costs.

Sofia Caycedo
May 1, 2018
A new democratic approach to ecosystem services valuation: An experiment in New Hampshire

Ecosystem service valuation is a method for assigning economic value to an ecosystem. This is not a holistic process. Many environment benefits such as food, water and climate stability cannot be measured by economics alone. To include these additional benefits, researchers developed an innovative method that considers environmental aspects through open dialogue and public engagement.  

Anna Maria Cárcamo
April 23, 2018
How to have meaningful conversations about global environmental change: An example from Indonesia

A study on peatland fires in Indonesia illustrates how identifying the perceptions, motivations, and goals of stakeholders is a crucial first step in creating environmental change.  

Jessica Swindon
April 18, 2018
Antibiotics: Helping our bodies, hurting our environment

Antibiotics emitted from pharmaceutical plants have been known to contribute to water pollution in some regions of the world. New research reveals that biological communities downstream of plants change as a result of such exposure. This finding supports growing evidence that antibiotics can change the makeup of rivers and streams.

Rebecca Lehman
April 11, 2018

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YER First Editor's Choice Competition

The staff at Yale Environment Review would like to announce the winner and finalists for the first-ever
Editor’s Choice Competition.

Eleven articles, all written by past or present YER authors who are still at FES, were judged by the YER team of writers. From that eleven, three finalists were selected. The final decision was made by the editorial board at the end of the fall semester.