ei impacts Archives - State of the Planet

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This Website Calculates the Carbon Emissions From Your Daily Commute

How much does it actually matter if you take public transit instead of driving? Here’s an easy way to find out.

by |June 15, 2018
Tigray, Ethiopia

Ethiopia Establishes National Framework for Climate Services

In Ethiopia, climate variability can have a big impact on food, water, and health. A system to monitor and predict climate will help to keep people safe.

by |June 7, 2018
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Tracking the Kilauea Eruption

Volcanologist Einat Lev is tracking lava flows at Hawaii’s volcanic eruption. Here, she describes what conditions are like on the ground—and in the sky.

by |May 22, 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
hurricane track simulation

Predicting Hurricane Flooding Risks to the East Coast

Columbia University researchers to help translate hurricane science into projections for planning for climate and weather risks.

by |April 9, 2018
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New Columbia World Project to Address Climate Risks to Food in Six Countries

The project will focus on climate threats to food and nutrition in six developing countries, bringing research out of the lab and into the real world.

by |March 23, 2018
Projected climate and other (non-climate/development) migrants in Mexico and Central America between now and 2050: total (top) and as a percentage of the population in the region (bottom)

Addressing Climate Migration Within Borders Helps Countries Plan, Mitigate Effects

A new report is the first to focus on longer-term climate impacts on crop and water resources, and the ways in which they may influence internal migration.

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Leymah Gbowee to Serve on G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council

Gbowee, who heads Columbia University’s Women, Peace, and Security program, will help to ensure women’s empowerment in economic, security, and energy policy.

by |March 8, 2018
shipping containers green imports index

How Green Are Your Imports? This Index Provides an Answer

Many “green” countries depend on imports from more polluting countries. A new index takes this into account and could shake up rankings on global environmental report cards.

by |February 7, 2018
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Sustainability Students Volunteer Problem-Solving Abilities

Student-led projects offered sustainability advisory services to three organizations in New York during the Fall 2017 semester.

by |January 29, 2018