Earth Institute, Author at State of the Planet

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Columbia Researchers Provide New Evidence on the Reliability of Climate Modeling

Observational data confirms that Hadley cell circulation is weakening, which has important consequences for future rainfall in the subtropics.

by |June 24, 2019

How Energy Choices After Fukushima Impacted Human Health and the Environment

A new paper examines CO2 emissions and mortality rates after Japan and Germany shifted away from nuclear power.

by |June 17, 2019
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New Podcast: Legal Pathways to Decarbonization in the U.S.

The latest episode of the Columbia Energy Exchange discusses a playbook of legal options available to cut emissions and tackle the challenge of climate change.

by |June 5, 2019

Climate Change is Destroying a Barrier That Protects the U.S. East Coast from Hurricanes

A new study finds that as air circulation patterns change with the climate, coastal states could get hit with stronger hurricanes.

by |May 24, 2019

Data Science Institute to Host the 2019 New York Scientific Data Summit

The two-and-a-half day symposium will explore data-driven discovery and innovation in science and industry.

by |May 22, 2019
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In Memoriam: Don Melnick

Professor Melnick’s life and work have been a force for advancing science and securing environmental sustainability around the world. He died on April 18th.

by |April 22, 2019
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MESSENGER Data Reveal That Mercury’s Inner Core Is Solid

The new findings offer clues about how the solar system formed and how rocky planets change over time.

by |April 19, 2019

Warm Autumn Winds Could Strain Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf

New research shows that the Larsen C ice shelf—the fourth largest ice shelf in Antarctica—experienced an unusual spike in late summer and early autumn surface melting in the years 2015 to 2017.

by |April 11, 2019
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Mixing Science With Tradition Among Burkina Faso’s Migratory Herders

Anthropologists are working with Fulani community leaders to promote knowledge-sharing between herders and climate scientists.

by |April 5, 2019
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New York City Panel on Climate Change Releases 2019 Report

The report lays out how climate change is already affecting New York City, and what’s needed to adapt for the future.

by |March 15, 2019