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The Yale Environment Review wants to brief you on the latest in environmental research


I’m excited to share with y’all the Yale Environment Review, fresh out of the Yale School of School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The Review is a super refined weekly web publication curated by subject matter experts from Yale who summarize important research articles from leading natural and social science journals with the hope that people can make more informed decisions using latest research results.

The Review launched this week and covers a wide range of topics, like this brief about climate change and biodiversity (“Biodiversity Left Behind in Climate Change Scenarios”):

They find that simply using the traditional classification of a species in climate change simulations can underestimate the true scale of biodiversity loss. This happens because the subtle genetic variations among similar-looking species – typically hidden from view – are overlooked. Such a misstep in the models could undermine future conservation efforts.

And another about the effect of air pollution standards on economic growth (“Economic Growth by Stricter Regulation”):

Environmental regulation is often cast as a growth-inhibiting tax on producers and consumers. But a recent working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) provides a strong foundation for the economic benefits of regulation. The authors flip the conventional view on its head and present tighter regulation as an investment in human capital, and thus a tool for promoting economic growth.

A quick glance at the topics page hints at future articles: business, climate change, ecosystem conservation, energy, environmental policy, industrial ecology, land management, urban planning, and water resources. It’s practically a greatest hits album of pressing environmental policy issues.

For all of us who furiously scratch our heads or pull our hair out when we hear scientific misinformation being used to influence public debate or create public policies, briefs like these are a welcome addition to the dialogue.

So anyway, congrats to the Kathryn Siegel and the whole team at Yale who put the Review together! Read the Yale Environment Review here.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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