Author Archives: Lisa Palmer

About Lisa Palmer

Lisa Palmer is a Maryland-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to The Yale Forum. (E-mail:, Twitter: @Lisa_Palmer)

Can ‘Unbiased, Fact-Based, In-Depth’ Environmental News Compete?

Al Jazeera America says it is out to advance environmental news coverage on cable TV. And it’s not letting up … but can it compete with the likes, for instance, of reality TV, Donald Trump or ‘the Biebs’?


Reviewing Top U.S. Climate News Stories of 2013

A devastating storm, a new call for action on climate change, and the decline of coal — these and other events highlight the year 2013 in climate change in the U.S., by the numbers.


Feeding 9 Billion on a Hot and Hungry Planet

Concerns over feeding a growing global population are not new. But what is new is the challenge of feeding a population of 9 billion on a planet with a markedly warmer climate. Agriculture: both part of the problem and part [...]


Managing Risks from Disasters: Advance Preparation Pays Dividends

Advance preparation can reduce some risks associated with disasters by making planning a part of development aid. It’s a classic case of ‘Pay me now, or pay me [lots more] later.’


‘REDD+’ Progress and Potential: More Financial Incentives Needed

Despite the promise to greatly reduce tropical deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions with modest funding, concerns persist over whether ‘REDD+’ can sustain support.


Hotter Planet: How will it hurt our health?

Q&A with ‘Fevered’ Author Linda Marsa

Discover magazine Contributing Editor describes her soon-to-be-released non-fiction book as a ‘natural off-shoot’ of her news reporting on climate change. One suggestion: a ‘medical Marshall Plan.’


Green at Corporate Headquarters … But Brown in Washington?

How do large corporations positioning themselves as leaders in environmental sustainability handle differences with their Washington trade associations’ opposition to climate and energy policies to cut carbon emissions?


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