Climate and Society Students ‘Develop’ Research for NASA, IRI

by | 4.12.2013 at 2:07pm
Satellite image courtesy NASA Goddard

Two Climate and Society students are working on a NASA DEVELOP project at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society. Learn about the research and visit their virtual posters.

Singing the Blues About Water Scarcity

by | 4.2.2013 at 10:00am
Mark Cane gives his opening remarks at State of the Planet. Photo credit: Eileen Barroso

Otis Redding sang “you don’t miss your water ’til your well runs dry” in 1965 about pining for a lost love. Last week, Climate and Society founder and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory scientist Mark Cane reprised it with a much different, more literal focus: water scarcity in the 21st century.

Where’s My Seasonal Tornado Forecast?

by | 3.29.2013 at 9:00am
John Allen/IRI

Tornadoes, derechos and other violent storms can kill hundreds each year and cause billions in damages. How well can we predict them? How will climate change influence their occurrence? Experts from around the country discussed these issues at a recent workshop.

GHG Emissions From the Comfort of Home

by | 3.12.2013 at 8:36pm | 1 Comment
CC Image courtesy of Stocktoc on Flickr

The residential home sector is the third largest contributor to GHG emissions when energy use is included. As the housing market is showing signs of recovery and new home construction is beginning to increase, there is opportunity to address the emissions from residential homes with green building techniques that will have the added benefit of reduced energy costs and increased comfort.

Discussing Climate, Cities and Food

by | 3.6.2013 at 1:14pm

Last week, the Earth Institute and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society hosted a discussion on cities, food and climate. What were people saying? Find out in this Storify recap of reactions from across Twitter!

Urban Agriculture and the Damage From Storm Sandy

by | 2.19.2013 at 10:42pm

Urban agriculture faces unique growing challenges due to the peculiarities of farming in a densely built environment. Storm Sandy highlighted additional challenges New York City farmers and gardeners must face as a result of increasingly extreme weather.

Cat Puns, Scientists and Social Media

by | 1.29.2013 at 2:53pm | 1 Comment
Beyond Cats

Social media plus scientists plus Chemistry Cat puns is a great formula for a talk, right?

What Obama Can and Should Do About Climate Change

by | 1.17.2013 at 4:02pm | 3 Comments
Photo: Talk Radio News Service

As President Obama embarks on his second term, many Americans are hoping that the extreme weather of 2012 will mark a sea change and finally goad him into making meaningful efforts to deal with climate change.

A River Runs Through It: Predicting Floods in the Midwest

by | 12.7.2012 at 2:58pm | 1 Comment

Focusing on the American Midwest, Andrew Robertson analyzes the relationships between floods, weather and climate patters throughout the 20th century.

The Truth About Verification

by | 10.18.2012 at 2:20pm | 1 Comment

The December 2011 precipitation forecast issued by the International Research Institute for Climate and Society called for a 75 percent chance of above normal precipitation over parts of the Philippines between January and March. As the months played out, storms brought roughly eight inches more rain than usual for the period. That’s about 85 percent more than usual. Does this mean the forecast was right? What if the storms never materialized and the region received eight inches of rain less than normal? Would the forecast then have been wrong?