The council discussed the security implications of the changing climate and debated what the council’s role should be in this issue.
Ben Orlove, Author at State of the Planet
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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