Earth Institute, Author at State of the Planet

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How China is Taking On Climate Change

A new guide explores the impacts of climate change in China and delves into Chinese climate policies.

by |July 19, 2018
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With a Carbon Tax, U.S. Could Surpass Paris Climate Goals

New report finds that a moderate carbon tax could dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions, with only minor effects on the economy.

by |July 17, 2018
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Food Web: Trade Networks May Be Key to Solving Hunger

Columbia’s Center for Climate Systems Research is building a network analysis program that can pinpoint trouble spots in the global food trade system.

by |June 28, 2018

Study Signals Change in How Scientists Calculate Ancient Diets

Scientists have long determined what extinct animals ate by analyzing carbon isotopes locked inside their fossil teeth. But a new study shows that in many cases, they may be plugging the wrong numbers into their equations. The findings may change some views of how mammals, including us, evolved.

by |June 27, 2018
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A World Warmer By Just 2°C Will Be Very Different From Today

Past warm periods indicate that even the Paris Agreement’s limits on global warming could have catastrophic consequences over the long-term.

by |June 25, 2018
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New Online Toolbox Helps Parents, Communities Keep Children Safe In Disasters

If disaster strikes while you’re at work, where will your children be taken? How can you ensure your children are protected?

by |June 22, 2018

Climate Change May Soon Hit Billions of People. Many Cities Are Already Taking Action.

Billions of people in thousands of cities around the world will soon be at risk from climate-related heat waves, droughts, flooding, food shortages and energy blackouts by mid-century, but many cities are already taking action to blunt such effects, says a new report from a consortium of international organizations.

by |June 20, 2018
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How the Department of Energy is Trying to Bolster U.S. Grid Resilience

In a new podcast episode, Bruce Walker from the U.S. Department of Energy discusses lessons learned from the devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico, the Trump Administration’s support for coal and nuclear plants, and more.

by |June 19, 2018

How Will People Move as Climate Changes?

A new model estimates how many climate migrants there will be, where they are likely to go, and what effects they might have on the places to which they move.

by |June 13, 2018
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How India is Striking a Balance Between Energy and Emissions

Ajay Mathur, a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change, discusses the outlook for energy supply and demand in India, including the critical role that solar power could play in coming years.

by |June 5, 2018