International Research Institute for Climate and Society

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Highlights from the 2017 Lamont-Doherty Open House

Through interactive exhibits, games, goo, and a few explosions, people of all ages learned about geology, earth science, and climate change.

by |October 9, 2017
The sprayer, Caroline Obinju Ocholla, is 33 yrs old, married with 4 children - 5,8,10, and 12 years old. She currently volunteers as a CHV. She is doing this work to help the community but also to save money to help her family. She is motivated by the wages being paid for the work, the respect she recieves from the community (they trust her), her daughters and her spouse who is happy she is bringing in income and supports her. She also says community members prefer female sprayers. Some call her and specifically ask for her to spray their houses. In the future she hopes to be a hairdresser. 
Photo by Jessica Scranton/AIRS

Seasonal Changes in Climate May Muddle Results of Malaria Interventions in Africa

A new climate study shows that some countries in sub-Saharan Africa may be underestimating the impact of their malaria control activities, while others may be underestimating their success.

by |September 27, 2017
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Leader of the World Health Organization Praises Columbia’s New Public Health Program

Tedros Adhanom called the new Global Health Security and Diplomacy program ‘a gift’ in the fight against complex global health problems.

by |September 21, 2017
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New Program Will Tackle Public Health Threats Around the Globe

From pandemics to food crises and climate-related disasters, Columbia’s new Global Health Security and Diplomacy program will help prevent, detect, and respond to a wide range of problems.

by |September 19, 2017
Dhaka, Bangladesh / Photo: Flickr mariusz kluzniak.

Defining and Predicting Heat Waves in Bangladesh

New research shows that in Bangladesh, heat wave predictability exists from a few days to several weeks in advance, which could save thousands of lives.

by |August 7, 2017
Tsetse fly. International Atomic Energy Agency

Tackling Sleeping Sickness in Maasai Communities

A powerful new tool helps rural Tanzanians reduce their exposure to tsetse flies and the deadly disease they carry.

by |August 4, 2017
Muhubiri Kabuyaya of the University of KwaZulu-Natal scooping for snails at Nsunduza dam in Ndumo area, uMkhanyakude, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa in May 2015.

New Model Helps in Fight Against Deadly Parasitic Disease

IRI scientists and colleagues from South Africa are using satellites to detect seasonal water bodies that harbor schistosomiasis, the deadliest of the tropical neglected diseases.

by |August 3, 2017
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Hannah Nissan: Forecasting Climate to Help Save Lives

Hannah Nissan, a postdoctoral research scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, studies how better climate forecasting might help reduce the number of deaths from heat waves and improve agriculture and child nutrition.

by |July 24, 2017
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What’s in the Forecast and How Do We Know?

The Earth Institute’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society makes probabilistic forecasts for rainfall and temperature for the next six months. How does it do this?

by |July 12, 2017
Joerg Schaefer

Announcing the 2017 Center for Climate and Life Senior Fellows

The Center has awarded nearly $1 million to four scientists whose research will improve understanding of how climate change impacts the essentials of human sustainability.

by |June 23, 2017