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Antarctica’s Retreating Ice

by | 6.30.2015 at 11:16am
A Glacier on the Antarctic Peninsula. Photo: Margie Turrin.

While the ice sheets on West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula are usually the ones to make the news in relation to climate change, recent studies have documented transformations that are taking place on the East Antarctic Ice Sheet as well. On the continent as a whole, large areas of ice have already melted and this trend shows no sign of slowing, meaning the implications for global sea level rise in this century could be more dramatic than earlier projections anticipated.

Sediment Cores from Exuma’s Shores

by | 6.16.2015 at 10:51am
Students coring in the Bahamas. Photo: Maayan Yehudai

Because we know little about hurricane behavior during periods when Earth was warmer or colder than at present, it’s challenging to construct models to predict future trends in hurricane activity as Earth’s climate changes. To remedy this problem, researchers have been working to reconstruct records of hurricane strikes in the past.

Mt. Everest Not Safe from Climate Change

by | 6.12.2015 at 11:54am
Mount Everest

Climate change has many asking if the days of being able to summit the world’s highest peak are numbered.

From the Nile to the Sundarbans: the Undergraduate Capstones

by | 6.8.2015 at 3:46pm
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This spring, students in the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development presented innovative solutions to sustainability issues as part of their Capstone Workshop. Their clients ranged from the United States Military Academy at West Point to the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.

Under Pressure, a (Simulated) Climate Agreement

by | 6.8.2015 at 2:19pm
Algeriabackrow crop

Coming up with an international climate agreement is hard work. But the students at the Make It Work simulated negotiations in Paris managed to find a way, though they left disagreeing over just how effective the pact would be.

Hurricane Histories and Carbon Mysteries

by | 6.5.2015 at 10:58am
Bahamas, hurricanes

The Bahamas might be a vacation destination for most people. But for us, they represent an excellent site to study several different questions about past, present and future climates.

Learning to Compromise

by | 6.3.2015 at 6:57pm
Make It Work, climate negotiations

After countless hours of workshopping, brainstorming, writing, and rewriting, I thought that a consensus between parties would not be so far off. However, with 220 opinions boiled down into 42 delegations, it was painfully difficult.

Behind the Expected Quiet 2015 Hurricane Season

by | 6.2.2015 at 6:16pm
hurricanes, hurricane prediction

On May 27, 2015, NOAA officially announced a likely below-normal Atlantic Hurricane season is coming up. The range for the possible numbers of major hurricanes is 0-2. What are the reasons behind it? How precise are these numbers?

Climate Negotiations as a Realistic Fiction

by | 6.1.2015 at 12:29pm
Logan Brenner is acting as part of an Algerian delegation to climate talks.

In addition to what might be expected of a climate negotiations simulation, Make it Work enlisted the creative help of artists, actors and dancers to use stage work and meditative methods to improve the channels of communication.

The Road to Make It Work

by | 5.27.2015 at 2:10pm

Students throughout Columbia University were notified of a once-in-a-lifetime chance to attend a student simulation in anticipation of the upcoming United Nations Climate Conference in Paris. Two words jumped out at me immediately: climate and Paris.