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Gary W. Yohe

Huffington Foundation Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies, Emeritus

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BA University of Pennsylvania
MA SUNY at Stony Brook
MPHIL Yale University
PHD Yale University

Gary W. Yohe

Gary W. Yohe is the author of more than 150 scholarly articles, several books, and many contributions to media coverage of climate issues; see gyohe.faculty.wesleyan.edu for details. Most of his work has focused attention on the mitigation and adaptation/impacts sides of the climate issue. His most cited work includes "A globally coherent fingerprint of climate change impacts across natural systems" with Camille Parmesan - Nature, 2003 cited 7512 times; "Indicators for social and economic coping capacity—moving toward a working definition of adaptive capacity" with Richard Tol - Global environmental change, 2002 - cited 1146 times;"Assessing dangerous climate change through an update of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)“reasons for concern" with many coauthors - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2009 cited 542 times; "Guidance note for lead authors of the IPCC fifth assessment report on consistent treatment of uncertainties" with many coauthers including Stephen Schneider for the Fifth Assessment Report - cited 402 times; "Future paths of energy and carbon dioxide emissions" with William Nordhaus. Report of the carbon dioxide Panel of the National Academies of Science 1983 - cited 256 times; " A review of the Stern Review" with Richard Tol - World Economics, 2006 - cited 213 times. 


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Gary W. Yohe is the Huffington Foundation Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University; he has been on the faculty at Wesleyan for nearly 40 years. He was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, and received his PhD in Economics from Yale University in 1975.

Involved since the early 1990’s with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), he received a share of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

He served as a Lead Author for four different chapters in the Third Assessment Report of the IPCC that was published in 2001 and as Convening Lead Author for the last chapter of the contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report that was published in 2007. In that Assessment, he also worked with the Core Writing Team to prepare the overall Synthesis Report. He was a Convening Lead Author for Chapter 18 of the Contribution of Working Group II to the Fifth Assessment Report on “Detection and Attribution” and a Lead Author for Chapter 1 on “Points of Departure”.

Professor Yohe currently serves as a member of the New York City Panel on Climate Change. He has testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the “Hidden (climate change) Cost of Oil” on March 30, 2006, the Senate Energy Committee on the Stern Review on February 14, 2007, and the Senate Banking Committee on “Material Risk from Climate Change and Climate Policy” on October 31, 2007. He served as a member of the Adaptation Panel of the National Academy of Sciences’ initiative on America’s Climate Choices and as a member of an Academy Committee on Stabilization Targets for Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Concentrations that was chaired by Susan Solomon.

Professor Yohe is currently a co-editor-in-chief, along with Michael Oppenheimer, of Climatic Change (since August of 2010).

In April of 2011, Professor Yohe was appointed Vice Chair of the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee by Under-Secretary of Commerce Jane Lubchenko. Under his leadership with T.C. Richmond and Jerry Milillo (a Wesleyan alum), the Third National Climate Assessment was released by President Obama in a Rose Garden ceremony on May 6, 2014.

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