International Research Institute for Climate and Society Archives - State of the Planet

simon mason accepts award

Simon Mason Wins Meteorological Award for Outstanding Service

The World Meteorological Organization’s Commission on Climatology recognizes a Columbia climate forecaster’s scientific contributions.

by |April 25, 2018
climate and health panel

“No Time for Delay” On Climate and Public Health, Doctors Warn

At meeting in mid-March, doctors, climate scientists, and global health specialists discussed how to tackle the health threats that climate change carries with it.

by |April 19, 2018
fruit in a market in kenya

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

Climate Change May Be Hazardous to Your Health

From 2030 to 2050, climate change impacts may cause 250,000 more deaths globally each year. Here’s why.

by |March 12, 2018
crop insurance

Upping Our Game: Crop Insurance Project Proves Wildly Successful

A weather index insurance tool is graduating from research project to commercial product.

by |March 9, 2018
Miriam Neilsen

Miriam Nielsen Wants to Share Science with the Masses

Bringing her media background to the MA Climate and Society program, Miriam Nielsen is ready to spark your interest in science and sustainability.

by |March 5, 2018

Tracking Respiratory Infections in NYC, With or Without Symptoms

There’s a lot we don’t know about respiratory viruses and how they spread. A study currently underway seeks to unravel these mysteries, in part by studying people who are healthy enough to be walking around in Manhattan.

by |February 26, 2018

Bridging the Gap Between Weather and Climate

Andrew Robertson is creating a forecasting system that will help societies adapt and become more resilient to the impacts of climate change.

by |February 21, 2018
hurricane evacuation sign

Why People Often Don’t Properly Prepare for Hurricanes

A new study looks at the mental biases that prevent people from taking adequate safety measures when a hurricane is on the way.

by |January 25, 2018

Improving Tropical Cyclone Risk Assessment

Chia-Ying Lee, a scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, studies the structure and intensity evolution of tropical cyclones and how these are influenced by climate change.

by |January 18, 2018