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Increasing Heat Is Driving Off Clouds That Dampen California Wildfires

Sunny California may be getting too sunny. Increasing summer temperatures brought on by a combination of intensifying urbanization and warming climate are driving off once-common morning cloud cover in southern coastal areas of the state, leading to increased risk of wildfires.

by |May 30, 2018

Climate-Related Flooding May Quickly Disrupt Global Trade Chains

Intensifying river floods caused by global warming may hamper national economies worldwide, and effects might propagate through global trade and supply networks, a new study says.

by |May 28, 2018
smoke from car exhaust

What Happens to All The Carbon We Emit?

A new website provides an interesting and easy-to-understand primer on the carbon cycle.

by |May 24, 2018

How Australia Got Planted

A new study has uncovered when and why the native vegetation that today dominates much of Australia first expanded across the continent.

by |May 21, 2018
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

Photo Essay: How High Could Seas Rise?

Columbia scientists recently visited the Caribbean island of Barbados, whose fossilized coral reefs contain an exquisite record of how the ocean has risen and fallen in the past.

by |May 14, 2018

How High Can Seas Rise? On a Tropical Isle, the Answers Are Not Always Obvious.

To help predict the future of sea level rise, scientists are studying ancient corals on the island of Barbados.

by |May 14, 2018
water rushes out of oroville dam spillway

America’s Water Infrastructure is Failing—But Here’s How We Could Start to Fix It

A recent event hosted by the Columbia Water Center highlights the challenges and opportunities that nation’s beleaguered water system presents.

by |May 8, 2018

Laia Andreu-Hayles Explores Tropical Forests in a Warming World

Research by tree-ring scientist Laia Andreu-Hayles will provide much-needed observational climate data for Bolivia and Peru and insight into the climate sensitivity of tropical tree species in the Andes.

by |May 2, 2018

Reconvened Scientific Advisory Committee on Climate Change Holds its First Meeting

An advisory committee disbanded by the federal government reunites at Columbia University to begin crafting recommendations for states, cities, and businesses to plan for climate change.

by |May 1, 2018