Climate and History News

October 6, 2022
Abstract During the Little Ice Age of the early modern centuries, close to a third of the globe’s population perished. Because this period serves as the most recent...
July 21, 2022
As Britain and France grapple with sweltering temperatures — possibly even record temperatures — for which their countries are ill-equipped, their privileged residents are...
November 9, 2021
Book Abstract: Climate change over the past thousands of years is undeniable, but debate has arisen about its impact on past human societies.  This book explores the link...
July 7, 2020 Joseph R. McConnell, Michael Sigl, Gill Plunkett, Andrea Burke, Woon Mi Kim, Christoph C. Raible, Andrew I. Wilson,...
Joseph Manning
September 28, 2018
A Yale-led project examining the link between explosive volcanic eruptions and the annual Nile river summer flooding in antiquity has received an award from the National...
July 16, 2018
Today, predicting the impact of human activities on the earth’s climate hinges on tracking interactions among phenomena of radically different dimensions, from the molecular...
February 7, 2018
In April 2018, the Yale Nile Initiative Lecture Series will host a four-part lecture series, “Paleoclimate, Environment, History.” The speaker line-up includes: April 9:...
October 17, 2017
Joseph G. Manning, Francis Ludlow, Alexander R. Stine, William R. Boos, Michael Sigl, & Jennifer R. Marlon, “Volcanic suppression of Nile summer flooding triggers revolt...
June 6, 2017
In the 1970s Yale archaeologist Harvey Weiss began excavating an ancient city in present day Syria that would reveal critical insights into the world’s first cities. Although...
March 20, 2017
Osman, the founder of the Ottoman Empire, had a dream in which a tree sprouted from his navel. As the tree grew, its shade covered the earth; as Osman’s empire grew, it, too...
March 16, 2017
For many Westerners, the name Vietnam evokes images of a bloody televised American war that generated a firestorm of protest and brought conflict into their living rooms. In...
March 12, 2017
As the planet warms and the polar ice caps melt, naturally occurring cold is a resource of growing scarcity. At the same time, energy-intensive cooling technologies are...
December 8, 2016
Alan Mikhail, “Climate and the Chronology of Iranian History,” Iranian Studies Vol. 49: 6 (2016). This article offers a chronology of climate events in Iran over the last...
April 14, 2016
Professor Alan Mikhail recently received the Leopold-Hidy Prize for Best Article in Environmental History for his essay, “Ottoman Iceland: A Climate History” (April 2015...
February 15, 2016
Alan Mikhail, “Enlightenment Anthropocene,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 49.2 (2016): 211-231. Abstract: This article offers an analysis of the emergence, use, and current...

Climate Lectures & Colloquium

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Whitney Humanities Center

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM - 230 Prospect Street, Room 101
Ana Mariella Bacigalupo (SUNY Buffalo)

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 4:00 PM - TBA
Henry Lamb (Aberystwyth University)

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 4:00 PM - Sterling Chemistry Laboratory, Room 201
Elfatih Eltahir (MIT)

Friday, March 1, 2019 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM - 230 Prospect Street, Room 101
"Mikael Wolfe (Stanford University), “A Revolution is a Force More Powerful than Nature’: The Impact of Hurricane Flora of 1963 on the Agrarian Character of the Cuban Revolution” (Yale Agrarian Studies)"

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM - 230 Prospect Street, Room 101
"Jason W. Moore (Binghamton University), “Climate Change and Civilizational Crisis, 376-2018: A Geohistorical Interpretation” (Yale Agrarian Studies)"

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 4:30 PM - Henry R. Luce Hall (LUCE ), 202
Arupjyoti Saikia, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 09/24/2018 - Kline Geology Laboratory, 210 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06511
Joe McConnell, Desert Research Institute, Nevada System of Higher Education, Reno

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 12pm - Burke Auditoriaum, Kroon Hall
Harvey Weiss, Joseph Manning and Robert Mendelsohn, Yale University
"Collapse! What Collapse? Societal Responses to Abrupt Climate Changes before Global Warming" (FES Research Seminar"

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 4:00pm - 28 Hillhouse Ave, Room 106
Paul Erdkamp, Free University, Brussels

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - Whitney Humanities Center

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 4pm - HGS 105
Nancy Langston, Michigan Technological University

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 12pm - HGS 204
Daniel Headrick (Roosevelt University)