Center for Research on Environmental Decisions Archives - State of the Planet

glacial lake

Will Climate Change Cause More Glacial Lake Outburst Floods?

When glacial lakes burst, the sudden and intense flooding can be catastrophic for nearby communities. A new study looks at what role climate change plays in these events.

by |May 21, 2018
rendering of snowball earth

Was the Earth Ever Frozen Solid?

Hundreds of millions of years ago, the planet was trapped in a global ice age. But exactly how icy things got is still up for debate.

by |May 4, 2018
calving glacier

Glacial Geoengineering: The Key to Slowing Sea Level Rise?

A new proposal suggests building underwater walls to protect glaciers from warm water. Here’s how it might work.

by |February 1, 2018
hurricane evacuation sign

Why People Often Don’t Properly Prepare for Hurricanes

A new study looks at the mental biases that prevent people from taking adequate safety measures when a hurricane is on the way.

by |January 25, 2018
glaciers and lake in Peru

German Court Will Hear Case Against Greenhouse Gas Emitter

A Peruvian farmer is suing energy producer RWE for increasing the threat of glacier lake outburst floods that endanger his home.

by |January 3, 2018

DEADLINE EXTENDED–Apply to an internship today

The Earth Institute has extended the internship application deadline for positions in a variety of administration, communications and research roles. Undergraduate, graduate and PhD students are eligible to apply for the opportunity to work on a sustainability-focused project.

by |September 6, 2017

What Changes Minds About Climate Change?

More Americans are coming to agree with the vast majority of climate scientists who say human-induced climate change is really happening. Here’s what works, and what doesn’t, when communicating with skeptics.

by |August 9, 2017

Looking at Climate from All the Angles

The Earth Institute digs into the past, tracks the present and models the future of climate. We explore the broader issues surrounding climate change, seek ways to apply our knowledge to real solutions, and nurture collaboration among faculty and researchers in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, law, public health, engineering, architecture and urban planning.

by |December 16, 2016

Weber, Plank Elected to American Academy of Arts and Science

Elke Weber, who studies how people make decisions and how they think about climate change, and Terry Plank, who probes deep into the Earth’s interior to study magma and how volcanoes erupt, are among the members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science this year.

by |April 22, 2016

What the World Thinks of Climate Change

We all know that climate change can generate great debate in the United States. But what about the rest of the world?

by |July 27, 2015