Climate Change Conversations

Explore Climate Change

Discover the research and experience of distinguished professors and alumni on the issues facing our planet.  Discover how climate change is felt through water, the attitudes and politics surrounding climate change, health ramifications, religious and ethical responses, the effects of climate change on the economy, and more.  

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Carbon and Climate Change in Tropical Forests Materials



Faculty: Liza Comita

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Yale CBE

Yale Center for Business and the Environment



Faculty: Robert Klee ’04 J.D., ’05 Ph.D.

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Meet the Speakers

Dan Esty

Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, School of the Environment and Clinical Professor of Environmental Law & Policy, Yale Law School

Dan Esty is the Hillhouse Professor at Yale University with primary appointments at Yale’s Environment and Law Schools and a secondary appointment at the Yale School of Management. He serves as director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and co-director of the Yale Initiative on...

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Robert Stavins

A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy and Economic Development at Harvard University

Robert N. Stavins is the A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy & Economic Development, Director of Graduate Studies for the Doctoral Programs in Public Policy and in Political Economy and Government, Cochair of the MPP/MBA and MPA/ID/MBA Joint Degree Programs. He is the Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program...

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Gernot Laganda

Director of Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction at the United Nations World Programme (WFP) 2016 Maurice R. World Fellow at Yale University

Gernot Laganda is leading the Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Programs at the United Nations' World Food Program (WFP). He supports WFP Country Offices and the governments they serve to understand the effects of climate change on food security, develop strategic actions to reduce...

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Jim Salzman

Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law (UCLA & UCSB)

Jim Salzman, Yale ’85, Harvard ’89 LAW, ’90 GRD, teaches every year at the Harvard Law School during its Winter Term – most recently as the Jeremiah Smith, Jr., Visiting Professor of Law. Jim is Harvard’s first graduate to earn joint degrees in law and in engineering.

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Ambroise Brenier

 Wildlife Conservation Society’s Country Director for Papua New Guinea

Ambroise Brenier leads the largest field conservation program in a country home to the third-largest tropical rainforest in the world and surrounded by the world’s most diverse coral reefs. Ambroise and his team are working with the government and hundreds of...

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Paul Turner

Rachel Carson Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Dr. Paul Turner is the Rachel Carson Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University, and Microbiology faculty member at Yale School of Medicine. He obtained a BA in Biology (1988) from the University of Rochester, a PhD in Microbial Evolution (1995) from Michigan State University...

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Robert Klee

Former Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)

Rob Klee is a Lecturer at the Yale School of the Environment. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale School of the Environment in industrial ecology, a law degree from Yale, and an undergraduate degree from Princeton in geology and environmental science. Dr. Klee most recently served as the Commissioner of...

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Liza Comita

Professor of Tropical Forest Ecology

Dr. Comita earned a BA in Biology and MA in Conservation Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 and a PhD in Plant Biology from the University of Georgia in 2006. She joined the faculty of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (now the Yale School of the Environment) in...

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