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Gary Yohe
Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics
Wesleyan University

GARY W. YOHE is the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics at Wesleyan
University; he has been on the faculty at Wesleyan for more than 30 years. He is currently a visiting professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, and received his PhD in Economics from Yale University in 1975. He is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles, several books, and many contributions to media coverage of climate issues. Most of his work has focused attention on the mitigation and adaptation/impacts sides of the climate issue. Recognizing the enormous uncertainty with which we view the future evolution of the climate and socio-economic systems, this work has lead him to be a leader in calling for a risk management approach to climate policy – an approach that was adopted last fall in the Synthesis Report of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the IPCC). Dr. Yohe served as Convening Lead Author for one chapter in the Response Options Technical Volume of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment; it focused on uncertainty and the evaluation of response options. He is a senior member of the IPCC that was awarded a share of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Involved with the Panel since the mid 1990’s,
he served as a Lead Author for four different chapters in the Third Assessment
Report 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. It that Assessment, he worked with the Core Writing Team to prepare the overall Synthesis Report. He is also a member of the New York City Panel on Climate Change. Dr. Yohe also recently served as one of five editors of Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change, and 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.


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