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The Work We Do

Understanding phenomena. Developing and testing ideas. Communicating persuasively. Implementing effective solutions.

The Center for Natural Carbon Capture

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The Center for Natural Carbon Capture

Launched in March 2021, the Center investigates the potential of natural carbon sequestration to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. The natural carbon cycle already draws carbon out of the atmosphere and stores it in plants, soil, and rocks. The Center seeks to better understand how these processes can be enhanced to create reliable, affordable, and scalable strategies to decrease net greenhouse gas emissions.

GreenSkills

Urban Resources Initiative’s (URI) GreenSkills green job-training program mitigates climate change and the urban heat island effect by planting trees in the City of New Haven. New Haven residents and business can request a free tree be planted.

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Yale Climate Connections

Yale Climate Connections is an award-winning online climate news service and daily radio program broadcast on 650+ radio stations across the U.S., plus a network of 200 Spanish-language stations.

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Conservation Finance Network

Traditional conservation funding models cannot keep pace with the need for conservation capital. The Conservation Finance Network advances land and resource conservation by expanding the use of innovative financing strategies.

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Using Genetics to Conserve Galapagos Tortoises

Using Genetics to Conserve Galapagos Tortoises: Gisella Caccone is exploring the use of genetic sequencing and selective interbreeding to conserve species on the brink of extinction.

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Creating Plastics from Wood Byproducts 

Creating plastics from wood byproducts: Yuan Yao and teammates are developing a biodegradable plastic with high mechanical strength and stability, yet lower life-cycle environmental impact than petroleum-based plastics.

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Planetary Health Network

The Planetary Health Network convenes faculty from across campus, with a focus on the health of human civilization and the state of the natural systems on which it depends.

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An Urbanizing Planet 

Karen Seto’s research on global forecasts of urbanization spotlight places at great risk of biodiversity loss and vegetation-based carbon emissions. 

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Coatings for Clean Energy

Using photocatalysis to generate fuel from sunlight at scale requires corrosion-prone semiconductors. Shu Hu’s lab has found a solution with a first-of-its-kind coating.

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Capturing Carbon from Semi-Trucks

Remora built a device that captures CO2 emissions from semi-trucks, to be sold to concrete producers to help them meet their climate commitments.

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The Work We Do

The Work We Do

Understanding phenomena. Developing and testing ideas. Communicating persuasively. Implementing effective solutions.

The Center for Natural Carbon Capture

Project Feature

The Center for Natural Carbon Capture

Launched in March 2021, the Center investigates the potential of natural carbon sequestration to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. The natural carbon cycle already draws carbon out of the atmosphere and stores it in plants, soil, and rocks. The Center seeks to better understand how these processes can be enhanced to create reliable, affordable, and scalable strategies to decrease net greenhouse gas emissions.

Microscopic image of phytoplankton

Rise of the Diatoms (Phytoplankton)—a New Timeline

A new Yale study's findings could upend previous understanding of the tiny phytoplankton's role in everything from the rise of whales to the carbon cycle.

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Botanical Garden of Healing Dedicated to Victims of Gun Violence

Botanical Garden of Healing Dedicated to Victims of Gun Violence

Mothers of victims of gun violence worked with the Urban Resources Initiative to create this garden, using nature as a vehicle for healing.

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Map of Life

Map of Life

Ecologically responsible decisions and solutions require knowledge on distribution, status and trends of biodiversity. The Yale team supporting Map of Life enables this authoritative science platform to deliver this information for places worldwide.

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How does urbanization affect squirrel evolution?

How does urbanization affect squirrel evolution?

Urbanization can accelerate phenotypic changes as species adapt to novel selection pressures. In an NSF funded project, Gisella Caccone uses genomics and citizen observations to explore the evolution of gray squirrel color morphology.

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Investigating carbon storage in the Pacific Northwest. Photo by Danny Grizzle

Investigating carbon storage in the Pacific Northwest

Yale's Carbon Containment Lab is investigating geologic carbon storage. One potential source: Biomass removed from regional forests in the Pacific Northwest, mitigating risk of severe wildfires.

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Blue Sky Analytics

Blue Sky Analytics

This Yale startup provides environmental datasets using satellite data and AI to support organizations in insurance, finance, policy, and media with accessible information on critical climate and environment variables.

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Climate Change and Health in Conneticut 2020 Report

Connecticut’s Changing Climate Impacts Health

In its 2020 report, the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health reports how temperatures have changed—and are expected to change—in Connecticut and how this impacts our health.

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Book: A Better Planet

Book: A Better Planet

Forty essays from environmental thought leaders across the political spectrum, focusing on topics like ecology, environmental justice, Big Data, public health, and climate change.

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Strong International Support for Climate Action

Strong International Support for Climate Action

In partnership with Facebook Data for Good, the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication found, in the 31 countries surveyed, overwhelming support for participating in the Paris Agreement.

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