Environment Archives - State of the Planet

Artificial Intelligence—A Game Changer for Climate Change and the Environment

Artificial intelligence is helping us manage the impacts of climate change and protect the environment in many ways.

by |June 5, 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

In India, Dirty Air Kills as Easily in the Country as in the City

A forthcoming study of northern India suggests that people living in rural areas are as likely to die prematurely from the effects of poor air quality as those living in cities.

by |May 16, 2018
traversing the thwaites glacier

U.S., UK Scientists Join to Study Possible Collapse of Massive Antarctic Glacier

An international collaboration will study the wasting of the Thwaites glacier, which already accounts for around 4 percent of current global sea-level rise, and could collapse within decades or centuries.

by |April 30, 2018

North American Coasts Are Absorbing Large Amounts of Carbon

Coastal waters play an important role in the carbon cycle by absorbing carbon into sediments or transferring it to the open ocean, a new study confirms.

by |April 13, 2018

The 100th Meridian, Where the Great Plains Begin, May Be Shifting

Two new papers find that the line that divides the moist East and arid West is edging eastward due to climate change—and the implications for farming and other pursuits could be huge.

by |April 11, 2018
Rain, stormwater, Water, drain

When It Rains, It Pours: The Effects of Stormwater Runoff

Stormwater runoff can cause a lot of problems in aquatic ecosystems. Here’s how you can help mitigate those effects.

by |April 3, 2018
white arctic fox in brown leaves

What Helps Animals Adapt (or Not) to Climate Change?

As our climate changes, some animals seem to be able to adapt while others cannot. What makes adaptation possible? Can humans help it along?

by |March 30, 2018

Photo Essay: The Re-Greening of Puerto Rico

Researchers survey the damage to Puerto Rico’s forests in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

by |March 22, 2018
Roary the lion at Columbia University

Director’s Office Internship Opening

Seeking a paid summer internship? Apply by April 6, 2018 to intern with the Director’s office at the Earth Institute. Columbia and Barnard students are eligible to apply.

by |March 20, 2018