Everyone deserves knowledge: New study helps to bring science to a broad public

    Remember those first trips you took to the science museum? Remember feeling wonder and awe learning about how things function on our planet? Were the hands-on exhibits your favorite? These kinds of questions may be difficult to answer if you grew up a racial minority in a poor community. Why? Because our society designs science museums–and all science learning and communication activities–for a narrow audience. A new study explores how we got here and suggests more inclusive ways to communicate science to a broad public.

    Meredith Brown

    February 19, 2019
    Making way for coastal wetlands: a look at sea level rise and urban development

    Coastal wetlands provide invaluable ecological and economic services for our coastal communities. To keep pace with sea level rise, these habitats need space to migrate upland. This may present a challenge in some highly urbanized areas. A recent study that calculated open and developed land near wetlands along the Southeastern coast of the United States sheds light on the fate of coastal wetlands at a regional scale, and provides context for improved coastal resilience efforts.

    Mary Schoell

    February 12, 2019
    Food waste: It’s about what you choose to eat

    One-third of the world’s food is lost or wasted. But the biggest loss, not included in this estimate, may be through our dietary choices. Consuming meat entails significantly more food loss than consuming plants directly. Favoring plant-based diets in America would produce enough food to feed 350 million additional people – more than would be fed if all conventional food supply chain losses were eliminated. 

    Kylee Chang

    February 5, 2019
    Female farmers in India feed their families despite devastating climate change

    Droughts and extreme flooding have devastating effects in India’s rice-growing areas. New research shows that female farmers are using their ancestral knowledge and promoting a culture of sharing to help their crops adapt to climate change while keeping their families alive.

    Fabiola Hernandez Alvarez

    January 29, 2019
Uncharted Waters: fisheries managers tackle climate change

Climate change is already wreaking havoc on the world’s oceans. New research suggests that managing fisheries with climate change in mind could preserve this important food source for future generations.   

Maggie Ferrato
January 24, 2019
Pacific women take on the fight against climate change

Pacific women have long been marginalized in the conversations surrounding climate change adaptation. And yet, they have been quietly leading the way towards a climate resilient future in their communities.

Evelin Toth
January 17, 2019
The power of the tiger: how one species can change the lives of farmers

Farmers in rural areas must engage with surrounding wildlife to protect their livelihoods. Development and human-wildlife conflict threaten large predators living near human settlements. In a study from a national park in Bhutan, researchers found that tigers in forested areas near farmlands can have large-scale impacts in the ecosystem that lead to fewer agricultural losses. The indirect benefits tigers bring to farmers could have important wildlife conservation implications.

Emma Johnson
January 15, 2019
Pocket-Sized Paradises Welcome Butterflies to Cities

Urban gardens can attract some of nature’s most beautiful pollinators. A new study brings us on an exciting journey to understand the nuances of complex networks of butterflies and flowers. Scientists use this new information to recommend the best flowers to sustain urban populations of both common and rare butterflies.

Christine Ventura
January 10, 2019



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.