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News from the Columbia Climate Center on the science and impacts of climate change on society as well as environmental public policy analysis.

Participants in the December 2012 Scaling Up Climate Services for Farmers in Africa and South Asia workshop in Senegal visit farmers in Kaffrine that received climate forecasts for the first time in 2011. Photo by Alexa Jay, CCAFS

Farmers in Senegal Use Forecasts to Combat Climate Risks

Recent trainings in Senegal have improved trust between farmers and researchers, leading to increased use of climate forecasts and other information.

by |May 21, 2013
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Measuring the Effect of China’s Arctic Interests

Of non-Arctic states, China has shown the most interest in the Arctic as climate change opens up the region to new economic development. The ways in which China attempts to balance its economic interests and environmental responsibilities within its energy policy may provide a predictor of its future behavior in the Arctic.

by |May 15, 2013
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The Sahel Is Getting Wetter, But Will It Last?

New research gives a unifying explanation of the Sahel’s past, present and future climate patterns.

by |May 9, 2013
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A Healthy Collaboration

IRI just renewed an agreement with the World Health Organization to be a collaborative center. Research scientist and center director Madeleine Thomson talks about past successes and future research directions.

by |April 25, 2013
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Climate and Society Students ‘Develop’ Research for NASA, IRI

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.

by |April 12, 2013
Mark Cane gives his opening remarks at State of the Planet. Photo credit: Eileen Barroso

Singing the Blues About Water Scarcity

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.

by |April 2, 2013
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Where’s My Seasonal Tornado Forecast?

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.

by |March 29, 2013
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GHG Emissions From the Comfort of Home

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.

by |March 12, 2013
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Discussing Climate, Cities and Food

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!

by |March 6, 2013
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Urban Agriculture and the Damage From Storm Sandy

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.

by |February 19, 2013