Tag: climate change

An Overview of President Obama’s Climate Proposal

by | 6.25.2014 at 2:20pm
President Barack Obama on the phone.

On June 2, President Obama announced the most significant climate plan in history. The plan, if enacted as stands, seeks to cut carbon emissions on a state-by-state basis, while giving the states almost limitless freedom on how to do so, as long as they adhere to EPA guidelines. Historic it may be, but is it enough to have a real impact on our rapidly changing climate?

Gavin Schmidt Named Director of Goddard Institute for Space Studies

by | 6.9.2014 at 2:15pm
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NASA has named Gavin A. Schmidt to head its Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), an affiliate of Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

Currently serving as deputy director, Schmidt takes over from long-time director James E. Hansen, who retired last year to open a separate climate science and advocacy center at the Earth Institute.

Beyond Coal: Economic Alternatives for Kentucky

by | 6.6.2014 at 9:28am
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Earth Institute students evaluated Kentucky’s physical, economic and cultural resources to identify ways to move the economy toward a more sustainable future—and to make recommendations for how the state’s community and technical college system could help.

How High Will Sea Levels Rise?

by | 5.29.2014 at 7:59am
Lamont-Doherty graduate student Mike Sandstrom uses a high-accuracy GPS to measure the top elevation of a beach ridge (possibly of Pleistocene age), while others look for fossils just below it. These will help Pliomax scientists understand the relationship between the ridge and past sea level. (Photo: Maureen Raymo)

Scientists from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory are trying to determine how high sea levels may rise in the future by studying the shorelines of the past. Led by a team of researchers including Lamont climate scientist and marine geologist Maureen Raymo, the goal of Pliomax is to increase the accuracy of global sea level estimates for the Pliocene era, which occurred about 3 million years ago.

Clock Is Ticking in West Antarctic

by | 5.23.2014 at 12:54pm
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“The high-resolution records that we’re getting and the high-resolution models we’re able to make now are sort of moving the questions a little bit closer into human, understandable time frames.”

Climate Change’s Bottom Line

by | 5.14.2014 at 2:39pm | 1 Comment
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In the face of climate change, companies cannot continue to do “business as usual.” The risks and challenges of the changing climate threaten the bottom line, but also offer unprecedented opportunities.

Climate Report Author to Take Questions on Friday

by | 5.8.2014 at 2:17pm
Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey shore

Climate scientist Radley Horton, one of the lead authors of the National Climate Assessment report released this week, will answer your questions in an “ask me anything” session on Redditt on Friday starting at 11 a.m.

Getting a Whiff of Climate Change

by | 4.9.2014 at 11:24am
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Monday was the day when millions of people in New York and New Jersey learned what climate change smells like, or at least what one of its aromas is.

Columbia Students Win Environmental Policy Competition

by | 4.9.2014 at 10:39am
From left: winners Andy Zhang, CC '16, Raymond de Oliveira, CC '16, and Francesca Audia, GS '15. Photo: Columbia Spectator

Three Columbia students recently won the top prize in the Columbia Economics Review’s annual environmental policy competition, which challenged students from eight universities to make policy recommendations addressing climate change.

Scientists Speak Out on Climate: Is Anyone Listening?

by | 4.9.2014 at 9:24am
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In the light of recent varied efforts to focus public attention on the risks of climate change, we asked Earth Institute scientists what they want the public to understand about the issue and how they see their roles.