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The Climate Casino: Applying Economic Reasoning to the Problem of Global Warming

Follow @yaleSCIbooks “Global warming,” William Nordhaus declares, “is one of the defining issues of our time. It ranks along with violent conflicts and economic depressions as a force that will shape the human and natural landscapes for the indefinite future.” In his new book, The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics

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A New Theory on a Past Catastrophe

Geoffrey Parker prefaces his new book with a collection of quotes, including: “The times here are so miserable that never in the memory of man has the like famine and mortality happened.” –East India Company officials, letter, Surat, India, 1631 ”Among all the strange occurrences of disaster and rebellion, there had

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Exploring Beauty and Life in Antarctica

Follow @yaleSCIbooks The world has always been fascinated by Antarctica, the coldest, driest, and windiest continent on Earth. Students of all ages are drawn to its study, enjoying photographs of penguins and stories of expeditions to this icy and brutal land. However, as the planet’s climate continues to change, Antarctica

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Warm Ants: Climate Change and New England Ants

Follow @yaleSCIbooks What does global warming look like through the eyes of an ant? Aaron Ellison, senior fellow in Harvard University’s Harvard Forest and co-author of the recent book, A Field Guide to the Ants of New England, answers this question in the final pages of his book. Along with

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Listening to Lomborg on Global Warming Means Going the Way of the Dinosaurs

If a group of a scientist’s colleagues started an entire website to warn the world, especially the scientific community, about “the flaws in his work” before the scientist even published a book, you might be at least a little skeptical when his book was finally published. Howard Friel has finally done what should have been done a decade ago, as he points out, in the publishing house: fact-checking. In The Lomborg Deception: Setting the Record Straight About Global Warming, all Friel has to do is comb through the endnotes and compare them with their sources to find gaping holes more terrifying than a velociraptor.

Dan Esty weighs in on Copenhagen and “Climategate” on Colbert

Earlier this week, Stephen Colbert tapped Yale professor and YUP author Dan Esty to discuss the latest international hot topic: global warming. As a professor of Environmental Law and Policy with appointments at both the Yale Law School and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Esty offered a

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A balanced solution to the problem of climate change

While the recent climate change legislation passed in the House of Representatives represents the first time Congress has approved a bill targeted at global warming, its passage does not come without controversy. The focus of the bill is a cap-and-trade system in which the total amount of emission pollution is

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Celebrate Earth Day with the Yale Press

There are lots of great ways to celebrate Earth Day. Bike to work, recycle, or show off your green thumb and plant a tree, like our commander-in-chief. But, in our minds, there’s no better way to celebrate Mother Earth than learning more about her through a good book. When it

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Speth brings together governors to fight climate change

U.S. Governors and top environmental officials will meet tomorrow here at Yale University to exchange ideas on how states and the federal government can combat global warming and develop a strategy for future action. The gathering, organized in part by Yale Press author Gus Speth, will also celebrate the centennial

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Nudging Against Global Warming

In his Findings column for the New York Times, John Tierney wonders why Americans aren’t changing their lives in reaction to climate change. “We need the right nudge,” Tierney says, referring to the recent release from Yale Press authors Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein, Nudge: Improving Decisions About

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