According to Gus Speth, dean of Yale's School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, the new Web site is coming online "at a moment of unprecedented concern about environmental issues, sparked in large measure by mounting evidence of the effects of climate change." That intensifying interest, coupled with the virtual nature of Yale Environment 360, Speth noted, has created an opportunity to publish a site that will appeal to a wide international audience of policy makers, scientists, journalists, environmental activists and general readers.
"As a leader in environmental research and education, as well as sustainable operations, Yale is pleased to be the home of an important new and open source of reporting, analysis and debate on global environmental issues," said Yale President Richard C. Levin. "In founding Yale Environment 360, the University hopes to repeat its success with YaleGlobal, an online journal devoted to exploring globalization. In the six years since its launch, YaleGlobal has had 18 million page views and become one of the most highly respected sources of opinion concerning global affairs."
Cohn comes to Yale Environment 360 from a distinguished journalism career, much of it focused on the environment. As editor-in-chief of Mother Jones, from 1999 to 2005, he revitalized the magazine, winning the prestigious National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Prior to that, he was executive editor of Audubon, helping lead the magazine during a period when it became nationally known for its cutting-edge environmental reporting. Cohn previously was a staff writer at The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he served as one of the nation's first environmental reporters.
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