climate adaptation

U.S. Army personnel drive through flood waters in Fort Ransom, ND. Photo: US Army

What the U.S. Military is Doing About Climate Change

The White House may deny that climate change is happening, but the Department of Defense has been taking action for years to avoid and adapt to climate-related disasters.

by |September 20, 2017
Sea levels are rising at Assateague

Watch Video–Sea Level Rise: Causes, Impacts and Options for Solutions

On July 12, the Earth Institute will bring together experts from science, government and the private sector to discuss causes, implications and potential adaptation strategies for sea level rise.

by |July 5, 2017
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Cars drive though a flooded street carefully after heading the High Water Danger Signs.  FEMA has a preparedness program to make people aware of the dangers of driving though flooded roads.  
Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

Understanding Today’s Climate Politics

The climate problem will be made less bad by technological, cultural, social and economic change that will force political change. Waiting for policy to be the change agent is an exercise in futility.

by |June 26, 2017
Columbia University Campus

Columbia Affirms Commitment to Climate Action

Columbia joins leaders from across higher education, the private sector and state and local governments in affirming their commitment to the Paris Agreement.

by |June 6, 2017
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Watch: Cities and the Climate Change Challenge

Join us for a symposium on Lessons of Climate Resilience in New York City this Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 6-7:15 p.m. in Low Library on the Columbia University campus.

by |October 18, 2016
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Climate Denial and Sea Level Rise

The need to adapt to the current impact of climate change is already obvious in many cities and work is already underway to make cities more resilient to extreme weather events. New York City has begun to implement a resiliency plan that will cost at least $20 billion over the next decade.

by |September 6, 2016
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Symposium this Week on Climate and Adaptation

This week climate scientists from the United States and Europe will join with officials from government and international agencies at Columbia to share knowledge about climate change and strategies for adaptation in North America and the Caribbean.

by |August 15, 2016
Asian elephants, like these in Sri Lanka, are sensitive to temperature. A new study explores the impact of warming on populations in the tropics. Photo: Amila Tennakoon, CC-BY-2.0

An Ecological Traffic Jam in the Warming Tropics?

The tropics are already hot, and they’re getting hotter as global temperatures rise. A new study offers a glimpse into how seriously a couple more degrees could disrupt the region’s ecological map.

by |June 9, 2016
La Niña Climate Impacts

Learning from El Niño as La Niña Odds Rise

Although El Niño is weakening, its ramifications continue to be felt around the world. Drought and resulting food insecurity is one of the major implications for southeast Asia, eastern and southern Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. Sixty million are in need of emergency relief today, according to the United Nations.

by |April 28, 2016

The Climate Crisis and the Transition to a Renewable Economy

What I am betting on is the growing sense of awareness and understanding of environmental issues among the people of the world. It could be that my personal perspective is a little warped. I’ve seen the environmental issue move from the outer fringes to the center of our political agenda.

by |April 25, 2016