State of the Planet - News from the Earth Institute

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Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: How Drilling for Oil Could Impact Wildlife

Alessandra Giannini and Emmanuel Macron aim to make our planet great again

Columbia Climate Scientist Joins Quest to ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society’s Alessandra Giannini was selected as one of French President’s Macron’s climate laureates.

by |December 12, 2017
antarctic ice shelves

Tiny Losses of Ice at Antarctica’s Fringes May Hasten Declines in Interior

A new study shows that even minor deterioration of ice shelves can instantaneously hasten the decline of ice hundreds of miles landward.

by |December 11, 2017

IRI @ AGU Schedule of Events 2017

New climate management tools. Better predictions of climate risk. Rising temperatures’ influence on fire risk. Scientists from the International Research Institute for Climate and Society will present on a range of areas of expertise at this year’s annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

by |December 8, 2017

Professor Dong Guo: China, Peer Effect and Sustainability

Sustainability isn’t just about the environment. Guo explains how social and economic factors, like employment and education, fit in.

by |December 8, 2017
A researcher investigates a channel in the Greenland ice

The Greenland Ice Sheet Is Sponging Up Meltwater

As climate warms, the surface of the Greenland ice sheet is melting, and all that meltwater ends up in seasonal rivers that flow to the sea. At least that is what scientists have assumed until now. A new study has shown that some of the meltwater is actually being soaked into porous subsurface ice and held there, at least temporarily.

by |December 8, 2017