Press Release Archives - State of the Planet

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

Humidity May Prove Breaking Point for Some Areas as Temperatures Rise, Says Study

A new study projects that in coming decades the effects of high humidity in many areas may surpass humans’ ability to work or, in some cases, even survive.

by |December 22, 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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Hotter Temperatures Will Accelerate Migration of Asylum-Seekers to Europe, Says Study

If carbon emissions hold steady, a new study in Science predicts that the European Union could face a massive influx by 2100.

by |December 21, 2017

Columbia Climate Scientist Joins Quest to ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society’s Alessandra Giannini was selected as one of French President’s Macron’s climate laureates.

by |December 12, 2017

Ocean Sediments Off Pacific Coast May Feed Tsunami Danger

Tightly packed sediments help the Cascadia Subduction Zone generate large earthquakes, and could boost its ability to trigger a large tsunami.

by |November 20, 2017

Swapping Where Crops are Grown Could Feed an Extra 825 Million People

It could also reduce water stress, according to a new study that includes 14 major food crops from around the world.

by |November 6, 2017