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Wesleyan Faculty Host “After Climategate” Presentation March 25

Faculty panelists will examine a variety of issues surrounding the recent reporting known as "Climategate," which impugned some of the findings of the IPPC's 4th Assessment Report.

Faculty panelists will examine a variety of issues surrounding the recent reporting known as "Climategate," which impugned some of the findings of the IPPC's 4th Assessment Report.

A presentation titled, “After Climategate: Rethinking Climate Science and Climate Policy” will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25 in PAC 001. Admission is free and open to the public.

The panel discussion will feature Gary Yohe, Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics and senior member of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); Joe Rouse, chair of the Science in Society Program, Hedding Professor of Moral Science, professor of philosophy; Suzanne O’Connell, associate professor of earth and environmental science, director of the Service Learning Center; and Paul Erickson, assistant professor of history, member of the Science in Society Program.

With Rouse moderating, the faculty panelists will examine a variety of issues surrounding the recent news media accounts known as “Climategate” which impugned some of the findings of the IPPC’s 4th Assessment Report.

Yohe’s presentation will include his first-hand experience with the Climategate story, from the initial leaking of private emails of key IPCC members on the Web a month before the U.N.’s Copenhagen conference, to the present. He will also offer quick glimpses

Yohe Discusses Copenhagen Climate Change Conference

Gary Yohe, Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics, and senior member of the United Nations’ International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), discusses in a Dec. 6 issue of  The Los Angeles Times the possibilities at the U.N.’s Climate Change Conference In Copenhagen, Denmark.

In the article, Yohe says that “many nations would like to see a definitive agreement come out of the Copenhagen conference. But in the absence of climate legislation passed by the U.S. Congress, it is unlikely we will see anything like a binding treaty. Still, significant progress is possible.

Copenhagen offers the prospect of agreement on a number of structural issues. First would be establishing ways to facilitate technology transfer while preserving intellectual property rights. Another possibility is agreement on ways of integrating nationally specific climate policies into future global programs. The conference could also put in place funding mechanisms for developed countries to aid developing countries in finding methods of mitigating and adapting to the consequences of climate change.

These more technical areas offer many opportunities through which the United States can begin to be seen as part of the solution.”

Yohe Quoted in The New York Times

Gary Yohe, the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics, was quoted in a Nov. 3 New York Times article titled “Obama Administration Weighs Costs of Doing Nothing.”

The article examined the Obama Administration’s inaction on significant climate change measures and how it is “struggling to reach its own conclusion,” a stark difference from the President’s campaign rhetoric of speedy action on climate change issues. The sticking point appears to be the cost versus benefit calculations or “social costs” of deciding whether to enact specific measures.

Yohe says, in part, that the difficulty lies in objectively quantifying these costs.

“You can’t really quantify the social costs of carbon with any degree of confidence. You can get just about any number you want to, depending on the assumptions you use. That’s why EPA struggles so much,” said Yohe.

Yohe Cited In USA Today Article on Global Warming

Gary Yohe, the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics, is quoted in an Aug. 21 USA Today article titled “Poor communities hit hardest by global warming.”

The article focuses on a study produced by the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report about its economic forecasts. Yohe is an author on the IPCC report.

“IPCC identified the poor, the elderly, and the very young as the most vulnerable categories of people on the planet … regardless of location, as Katrina and the European (2003) heat wave taught us,” Yohe says in the article. “Nonetheless, the most vulnerable are more likely to live in developing countries where they face multiple stresses. For many, climate change itself is a source of multiple stress because it is manifest in so many different ways.”

Yohe Authors Carbon, Climate Change Articles

Gary Yohe, the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics, is the co-author of “Risk Aversion, Time Preference, and the Social Cost of Carbon,” published in Environmental Research Letters 4: 024002, 2009 and available at IDEAS /RePEc http://ideas.repec.org/p/esr/wpaper/wp252.html as well as http://stacks.iop.org/1748-9326/4/024002.

He’s also the author of “Discounting for Climate Change,” published in an Economics e-Journal special issue on Discounting the Long-Run Future and Sustainable Development, 2009; available at http://www.economics-ejournal.org/special-areas/special-issues.

Yohe Elected to Governor’s Climate Committee

Gary Yohe, the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics.

Gary Yohe, the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics.

Gary Yohe, the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics, has been appointed to the Adaptation Subcommittee of the Connecticut Governor’s Steering Committee on Climate Change, 2008-2010.

He also has been selected to be a member of the National Research Council Committee on America’s Climate Choices: Panel on Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change, 2008-2011. The panel will host a Climate Summit in DC at the end of March and provide Congress and the Administration a review of the panel’s “Choices” by the end of the year. A synthetic blueprint will then be created by an umbrella panel.

Yohe also helped organize an Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine in Washington, DC. It focused on climate change to inform the research agenda of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. In addition, Yohe moderated a session and gave a talk on “Economic Analysis of a Basic and Applied Research Agenda: Strategies for Prioritization” on Jan. 16.

Climate Policy Topic of Environmental Symposium

The topic of “Climate Policy: A Progress Report” is the theme of the Fourth Annual Robert Schumann Environmental Studies Symposium “Where on Earth are we Going?” which will be held on Oct. 18.  The event begins at 8:30 a.m. in Exley Science Center Room 150, the Tischler Lecture Hall.