climate change Archives - State of the Planet

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
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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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Reflections from Antarctica: A Landscape in Flux

Working as an Antarctic field scientist, I witnessed the destruction provoked by a rapidly warming planet. But I also found inspiration.

by |January 16, 2018
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What is Biodiversity and How Does Climate Change Affect It?

In general, the more species that live in an area, the healthier that ecosystem is—and the better off we humans are.

by |January 15, 2018
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What Do Cold Snaps Have to Do With Climate Change?

Climate scientist Deepti Singh tells the cold truth about the extreme winter weather of the past few weeks.

by |January 13, 2018
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NYC is Suing Five Major Oil Companies Over Climate Change

Columbia University expert weighs in on the potential impacts of the lawsuit.

by |January 11, 2018

Why Thawing Permafrost Matters

As the Arctic warms, the unfreezing of permafrost poses a threat to the planet.

by |January 11, 2018

Rivers Predicted to Jump Banks More Often as World Warms

Rainfall changes caused by global warming will increase river flooding risks across the globe by the 2040s, says a new study.

by |January 10, 2018
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Seismic Sensors Record Hurricane Intensity, Study Finds

New line of information could help predict the storms’ future strength under climate change.

by |January 8, 2018