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As Senior Fellow for Socio-Environmental Understanding, Lisa Palmer participates actively in the national and international discourse on socio-environmental issues through writing and publishing, speaking, developing and leading seminars, contributing to SESYNC’s digital presence, and offering analysis and science communications strategy to SESYNC synthesis teams, postdocs, and leadership. An award-winning journalist, she writes for publications such as the Nature family of journals, Yale E360, The Guardian, Nautilus, The New York Times, The New Republic, Ensia, Slate, and many others. She is the author of HOT, HUNGRY PLANET: The Fight to Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change (St. Martin’s Press; 2017). She was previously a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., where she conducted research on global food security, resilience, and policies related to sustainable agriculture. In 2018, Palmer was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center residency on science for development. She is a professional member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, the National Association of Science Writers, and the D.C. Science Writers Association. She is a graduate of Boston University and Simmons College in Boston.
|Shade Trees Help Save Energy||
Mar 03, 2016
A strategically placed tree can lower utility bills. Article in Yale Climate Connections.
|Solar Momentum in North Carolina||
Dec 23, 2015
The state has one billion watts of installed solar capacity.
|I Went to India and Saw the Future of Climate-Smart Farming||
Dec 04, 2015
Farmers must now be intimately in tune with their distinct ecosystems, to consider the local interconnectedness of weather, water, nitrogen, carbon, and energy.
|The Co-Benefits of Climate Action||
Dec 01, 2015
Reducing carbon pollution is just the tip of the iceberg.
|Seeds of Change||
Nov 27, 2015
Climate change could disrupt plants' dispersal of seeds.
|Learning from India's 'Smart' Farming Villages||
Nov 19, 2015
Farmers across India are striving to meet growing demands for improved crop yields while also reducing use of costly energy, water, and fertilizers ... all in the face of a changing climate.
|A River Runs Again: Reporting on India’s Natural Crisis||
Nov 17, 2015
In her new book, A River Runs Again: India’s Natural World in Crisis, From the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka, environmental journalist Meera Subramanian chronicles India’s efforts to balance economic development and environmental protection, including innovative programs to educate youth about sexual and reproductive health.
|Will Indonesian Fires Spark Reform of Rogue Forest Sector?||
Nov 05, 2015
Massive fires in Indonesia caused by the burning of forests and peatlands for agriculture have shrouded large areas of Southeast Asia in smoke this fall. But analysts say international anger over the fires could finally lead to a reduction in Indonesia’s runaway deforestation.
|Community Net Metering||
Nov 04, 2015
New York State makes it easier for people to invest in solar energy.
|New Climate Adaptation Professionals||
Oct 23, 2015
As a relatively new profession, adaptation professionals play a vital role as cities prepare for climate change.