Earth Institute, Author at State of the Planet

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In Continuation of Trend, 2017 Was Second Warmest Year on Record

Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2017 ranked as the second warmest since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA released today.

by |January 18, 2018
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Want to Be a Sustainability Expert? Don’t Quit Your Day Job!

A new degree program at Columbia offers technical training in sustainability science for working professionals as well as recent grads.

by |January 17, 2018

Rivers Predicted to Jump Banks More Often as World Warms

Rainfall changes caused by global warming will increase river flooding risks across the globe by the 2040s, says a new study.

by |January 10, 2018
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Climate Advisory Panel Disbanded by Trump Is Revived—But Not By the Feds

Columbia University, New York State, and others will host the former Federal Advisory Committee for the National Climate Assessment.

by |January 3, 2018
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Columbia Water Center Year in Review

The Columbia Water Center (CWC) is a leader in applying the science of water and climate to solve real world problems. With current events in mind, we worked with our partners to make progress on several key projects.

by |December 29, 2017
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Columbia Environmental Law Clinic Challenges EPA’s Scott Pruitt on Behalf of Scientists

The lawsuit filed today asserts that Scott Pruitt’s ban on EPA-funded scientists on EPA advisory boards is illegal, undermines the integrity of science, and threatens public health.

by |December 21, 2017
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Upmanu Lall Recognized as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union

The director of the Columbia Water Center and 60 other honorees were commemorated in a ceremony and reception on Wednesday.

by |December 19, 2017
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Pioneering Oxford Geoscientist Alex Halliday to Head Columbia University’s Earth Institute

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger today announced his appointment of Alexander N. Halliday, a geochemistry professor at University of Oxford and vice president of the UK’s Royal Society, as the new Director of Columbia’s Earth Institute.

by |December 14, 2017
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Environmental Science and Policy Program Strengthens Its Commitment to Student Veterans

Student veterans may now receive up to $20,000 in a grant or tuition waiver, which is matched by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

by |December 7, 2017
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Why Do Floods Sometimes Happen on Sunny Days?

Some towns and cities can get soaked even when the skies are dry—and these so-called sunny day floods are on the rise thanks to climate change.

by |November 29, 2017