Private forests, public good: threats to forest protection laws endanger wildlife

    Conservation efforts often focus on protecting public land from development, but most of the world’s land is privately owned. A recent study in Brazil showed that ocelots, a small species of spotted cat, often inhabit forests on private land that are protected by the country’s New Forest Code. Regulations like these to protect forests on private land can be just as important for wildlife conservation as preserving public land. When these regulations come under threat, wildlife species like the ocelot will suffer the consequences.

    Amy Zuckerwise

    June 18, 2019
    Decreasing the carbon footprint of supermarket shopping: Lessons from a virtual shopping experiment

    Can recalling environmentally friendly behavior stimulate you to buy low-carbon emission supermarket products? Recent research analyzes strategies to decrease the carbon footprint of supermarket shopping, revealing that both remembering pro-environmental actions and carbon taxation policies stimulate sustainable consumption choices.

    Sofia Caycedo

    June 13, 2019
  • Garbage Island: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

    There is a growing island in the North Pacific Ocean - one that consists solely of trash. A comprehensive new report presents the shocking reality of the magnitude and composition of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. 

    Mary Schoell

    June 11, 2019
    Overpumping California Groundwater Could Lead to Dangerous Arsenic in Water and Food

    In the San Joaquin Valley of California, approximately 1 million people rely on groundwater for drinking. This high reliance on groundwater has resulted in overpumping of this resource, which leads to subsidence, or massive compression of the ground and arsenic contamination of the water. Arsenic is deadly to human health; therefore, it is imperative that California water agencies and individual water-users pump less groundwater and closely monitor arsenic levels.

    Phillip Dube

    June 6, 2019
Unequal Burdens: the unintended consequences of California’s climate policies

California has emerged as the undisputed leader in climate change action in the United States, committing to ambitious emissions targets and 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045. Despite this progress, new research has found that California’s signature climate program, cap-and-trade, exacerbated historical environmental injustices in its first years of operation.

Maggie Ferrato
June 4, 2019
Wakes in the waves – why do dolphins and whales attend to their dead?

Similar to humans and other intelligent animals, dolphins and whales sometimes show interest in and attend to their dead. Recent research suggests that such behavior is common in species with larger brains, and may have been evolved to assist the survival of their kin. The animals might understand death, and be affected emotionally by it.

Andy Lee
May 30, 2019
Cows, crops and climate change: China’s meat producing industry needs to change

Meat consumption in China is on the rise. This trend carries significant environmental implications. Despite environmental concerns, Chinese consumers continue to seek out meat. To keep the increase in meat demand from threatening global sustainability, the country will need to manage its livestock feed sourcing and manure in creative new ways.

Kylee Chang
May 28, 2019
Cutting down the amphibian tree of life: how humans are changing amphibian habitats

Humans are changing the environment in ways that are causing extreme loss of amphibian species. Amphibians thrive in forests, but when those forests are cut down, amphibians can disappear on a massive scale. New research also shows that when forests change, amphibians that are unique on an evolutionary level are more likely to become locally extinct. Losing these distinct amphibian species could have devastating effects on future forest ecosystems.

Emma Johnson
May 23, 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.