Ben Orlove

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Palcacocha Icefalls Demonstrate Hazard Vulnerabilities in Peru

In the last week, calving events at Lake Palcacocha in the Peruvian Andes released masses of ice from a glacier on Mount Pucaranra, showing the weakness of the existing infrastructure designed to protect the region from floods.

by |June 12, 2017
Ongoing work to connect Loop 303 with Interstate 10 in Goodyear, Arizona. Arizona Department of Transportation/Creative Commons

The Candidates Agree: America’s Aging Infrastructure Needs a Fix

Once infrastructure decisions are made, they are locked in place, often for decades, sometimes for centuries. Recognizing this fact, there is an urgency to think in new ways, rather than simply stick with established practices and systems.

by |November 4, 2016
Villages like this one in the valleys below Imja Tse in Nepal face a constant risk of glacial lake outburst floods. Photo: jarikir/Flickr

Melting Glaciers Help Spur a Message on Climate

On Oct. 5, several small mountain countries with glaciers—Austria, Bolivia, and Nepal—undertook an important step in advancing global action on climate change. They helped the Paris Climate Agreement reach the threshold to enter into force and become legally binding.

by |October 10, 2016
A pack of two adult wolves and five pups was recently spotted near Mt. Shasta, apparently new arrivals from Oregon. Photo: California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

How Climate Influences Wolf Recovery in California

Some evidence suggests that the glaciers on Mt. Shasta might have something to do with the location of a newly-spotted wolf pack in northern California.

by |August 26, 2015
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Getting a Whiff of Climate Change

Monday was the day when millions of people in New York and New Jersey learned what climate change smells like, or at least what one of its aromas is.

by |April 9, 2014
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What Anthropologists Can Do About Climate

How can the full range of the social sciences be brought into research on climate change and the search for solutions? The roles of economics and political science seem crucial, since pricing mechanisms and policies are needed to promote mitigation and to support adaptation. Psychology explores the ways to make this problem, often seen as distant and uncertain, stand out more prominently in human thinking and motivation. Sociology studies the variety of organizations, such as urban governments and consumer groups, which address climate change. Anthropology, though, might seem too remote, and too focused on traditional cultures or ancient civilizations, to have much to offer.

by |June 3, 2013

Two Climate and Society Students Chosen as Finalists for Prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship

Two Climate and Society students have been chosen as finalists for the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF). The PMF program is administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and was established in 1977. The program brings graduate students from a wide variety of academic disciplines to the Federal service. Megan Fleming is a… read more

by |April 12, 2011

Columbia University’s Master of Arts program in Climate and Society

There is still time to apply to Columbia University’s Master of Arts program in Climate and Society (C&S). The need for professionals who understand the links between climate and society is acute, and grows ever more so as human activity alters the global atmosphere. The 12-month Columbia M.A. in Climate and Society will give you… read more

by |February 9, 2011