Press Release Archives - State of the Planet

The 100th Meridian, Where the Great Plains Begin, May Be Shifting

Two new papers find that the line that divides the moist East and arid West is edging eastward due to climate change—and the implications for farming and other pursuits could be huge.

by |April 11, 2018
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Climate Migrants Will Soon Shift Populations of Many Countries, Says World Bank

If emissions of greenhouse gases remain high, as many as 143 million “internal migrants” might move within their own countries by 2050.

by |March 19, 2018
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Palm Trees Are Spreading Northward. How Far Will They Go?

A new study explores what it will take for the iconic tropical tree to expand into areas that have long been too cold for palm trees to survive.

by |March 19, 2018
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North Atlantic Is Getting Less Salty, But It’s Too Soon to Blame Climate Change

Researchers report a sharp drop in salinity in the North Atlantic Ocean over the last decade, providing the most detailed look yet at the region’s changing ocean conditions. A continued decline could impact fish stocks and the ocean’s ability to absorb CO2.

by |March 13, 2018

Researchers Map High Levels of Drugs in the Hudson River

In a new study, researchers have mapped out a large variety of discarded pharmaceuticals dissolved throughout the Hudson River. They say that in some places, levels may be high enough to potentially affect aquatic life.

by |February 19, 2018

Global Environment Report Card Sees Dirty Air, Failing Fisheries

Many countries are making progress on improving water sanitation and protecting marine ecosystems. But air pollution continues as a leading health problem in many nations, and fisheries are deteriorating almost everywhere.

by |January 23, 2018

Breaking New Ground in Hurricane Modeling

Researchers create first model for hurricane hazard assessment that is both open source and capable of accounting for climate change.

by |January 19, 2018
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New Tracker Keeps Tabs on Government Attacks on Science

The Silencing Science Tracker, from Columbia’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, will log actions by the U.S. government to silence scientists working on environmental, public health and climate issues.

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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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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