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The Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media, June 7, 2011
Coffee Growers Facing New Risks - Coffee, landslide from rain in Colombia_image010

That morning ritual, reading the newspaper while sipping coffee, already has given way to peering at the computer over the mug. And now the coffee in this ritual, like printed newspapers, is itself in some trouble, and not just because some new chai latte is upstaging it.

Sustained rains, droughts, higher temperatures, diseases, and pests attributed to climate change are hurting coffee crops and production. Wholesale prices worldwide are roughly double what they were a year ago. These worries aren’t new or fanciful. They point to disasters going on right now. Climate change is...

Written for Appalachian Trailway News
Return to Blue Mountain - Return to Blue Mountain IMAGE

Fourteen years ago, in 1987, when I followed the northbound Appalachian Trail up the cliff over the Lehigh River near Palmerton, Pennsylvania, the view reminded me at first of the Trail above treeline in the White Mountains—a blue sky framing bare rocks above. Then, I quickly realized it was an artificial treeline, one created by poison.

On top of the low ridge of Blue Mountain, my companions and I grimaced as we stepped over the rocks and began crossing a plateau of rubble that stretched as far as we could see.

Not one plant grew. Petrified trees stuck up here and...

The Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media
Energy Efficiency and the Rebound Effect - 0311_jevons

A bit of a buzz is making its way through media circles in response to some recent thought-provoking articles on the old principle called the Jevons Paradox, which says that as machines become more efficient and use less energy, society responds by growing and using even more energy.

William Stanley Jevons came up with the theory in the 1860s in Britain, looking at how efficient technology resulted in higher consumption of fuel. Modern terms for this idea include “rebound,” which refers to any increases in energy use that diminish the benefits of using those more...

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