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Longer Summer Stretches of Drought, Extreme Heat and Flooding Expected in a Warming World, Study Says

The changes could affect health, agriculture and ecosystems, the study suggests.

by |August 19, 2019
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How to Save a Rainforest: It’s All About Conflict Resolution

A new Earth Institute study offers practical lessons in the implementation of conflict sensitive conservation, a first outside of Africa.

by |August 13, 2019

Scientists Link Climate Change to Melting in West Antarctica

A new study shows, for the first time, evidence of a link between human-caused global warming and melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

by |August 12, 2019

Journalist Andrew Revkin to Head New Communications Initiative

The Earth Institute is starting a new initiative to expand Columbia University’s outreach on climate change and other sustainability issues to the public, policymakers and international organizations.

by |July 1, 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

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
A graphic of Mercury's internal structure.

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