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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.

A Selection of 2022 Planetary Solutions Seed Grant Projects

Innovative Wood-Product as a Nature-Based Solution to Planetary Challenges

Replacing carbon-intensive materials with new types of wood products can reduce emissions throughout a product’s lifecycle. This project will develop an integrated assessment tool to evaluate the net carbon consequences of innovative wood products across their lifecycle.

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Health Care Organization Greenhouse Gas Emissions Accounting Tool 

The health care sector has critical roles to play in addressing climate change. This project develops a carbon accounting tool to aid health care organizations in tracking and managing their carbon emissions.

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Figure showing the electrochemical response of a new cobalt catalyst for carbon dioxide reduction. Increase in current is consistent with the catalytic reduction of carbon dioxide.

Energy Humanities Project

Through research, teaching, and public engagement, this project will examine past and current efforts to shape energy systems, identify important cultural barriers to change, and share lessons for future policy development and societal transitions.

Improving Drought Tolerance in Plants Through Gene Editing

Portulaca species use a newly described photosynthetic metabolism (C4+CAM). This project aims to develop the technologies needed to understand if this mechanism helps Portulaca tolerate drought. If so, it might be possible to engineer a CAM cycle into C4 crop species to help them survive in a rapidly changing climate.

The Yale Bird-Friendly Building Initiative

Up to one billion birds die from building window collisions each year in the United States. This team aims to accelerate the adoption of bird-safe building design by creating a plan to reduce bird-window collisions on Yale’s campus and by developing public policy proposals for the adoption of bird-friendly building design nationwide.

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Atomically Resolved Single Molecule Microscopy of Catalytic Intermediates in CO2 Reduction

To enable renewable energy conversion to liquid fuels, the team will apply advanced scanning probe microscopy to measure carbon monoxide adsorption strength as a function of catalyst structure.

Activating Tenants to Advocate for Energy Justice: Barriers and Solutions

Large barriers stand in the way of energy efficiency in low-income rental housing. This community-based, qualitative study will identify mechanisms to engage tenants in advocating for energy efficiency in rental properties.

New Paradigm for Solar Energy Harvesting Based on the Bulk Photovoltaic Effect

The use of solar energy is limited by cell efficiency though costs have dropped dramatically. This project will develop a proof of principle for a potentially transformative solar cell technology that would bypass fundamental efficiency limits of conventional photovoltaics by harvesting more of the solar spectrum.

Figure showing the electrochemical response of a new cobalt catalyst for carbon dioxide reduction. Increase in current is consistent with the catalytic reduction of carbon dioxide.

Understanding the Psychological Drivers of Teenagers’ Pro-Climate Behavior

What knowledge and beliefs drive teens towards climate activism or apathy? By analyzing environmental science textbooks and assessing psychological drivers through large-scale surveys, the project aims to uncover key facts in teen climate motivation.

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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