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    China: A Leader in Plastic Recycling?

    The Chinese plastic industry is responsible for 25 percent of global plastic production. Despite the versatility and prevalence of plastics around the world, plastics have significant environmental drawbacks — a single plastic bottle produces three pounds of carbon dioxide and takes 450 years to decompose. How might China reduce these adverse environmental effects? One option the country is exploring is plastic waste recovery.

    Anna Sophia Haub

    April 9, 2019
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    Too Little, Too Late? Carbon Emissions and the Point of No Return

    How long before it is too late to reduce fossil fuel emissions and meet the 2 degree target of the Paris Climate Agreement? A new study provides clues to how policymakers might plan to address climate change and carbon emissions, and how long they have to do so. By arming leaders with an understanding of how policy, risk, and temperature targets are related, the study puts a timeline to humanity’s Point of No Return.

    Vivan Sorab

    March 26, 2019
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    Climate Change and the Future of Farming

    How can farming adapt to a changing climate? A new study explores gaps in traditional thinking about farmers’ adaptations and proposes a new way to assess a farm’s vulnerability to climate change. This new framework is a first step toward preparing agriculture for an uncertain future.

    Trevor Dolan

    February 26, 2019
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    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

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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.