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Climate Week at the Earth Institute

Next week, September 21-27, is Climate Week in New York City. Join us for a series of online events covering the climate crisis and pointing us towards action.

by |September 16, 2020

Deep Channels Linking Antarctic Glacier’s Underside to Ocean Could Hasten Melting

Newly discovered seabed channels beneath the Thwaites Glacier may be pathways for warm ocean water to melt the ice’s undersides and contribute to sea level rise.

by |September 9, 2020
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Our Focus Has to Be on the Victims of Hurricane Laura

Atmospheric scientist Adam Sobel writes that yes, Hurricane Laura is about climate change, but first it’s about people.

by |August 28, 2020

Greenland Ice Sheet Saw Record Loss in 2019

An international team of polar researchers says that the Greenland ice sheet experienced record loss in 2019.

by |August 20, 2020
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New Guidance for Communicating With Kids About COVID-19

A new resource provides talking points for parents, medical professions, and others who work with kids to help reinforce healthy behaviors.

by |August 19, 2020

Study Quantifies Potential COVID-19 Spread From Hurricane Evacuation

Spread of the coronavirus during a hurricane evacuation could be minimized by directing evacuees to the right areas and taking proper measures, say researchers.

by |August 13, 2020
Marie Tharp

Marie Tharp’s Adventures in Mapping the Seafloor, In Her Own Words

The pioneering mapmaker explains how she and colleagues discovered underwater mountain ranges 40,000 miles long, and helped to prove that the continents move.

by |July 24, 2020
Marie Tharp with one of her maps

Join Us in Celebrating #MarieTharp100

July 30 marks 100 years since the birth of Marie Tharp, a pioneering geologist who created some of the first maps of the ocean floor. We’re celebrating her achievements and legacy with blog posts, giveaways, and more.

by |July 23, 2020
colorful corals under water

Genetics Could Protect Coral Reefs from Global Warming

A Columbia study provides a blueprint for the use of genomics to help combat climate change.

by Carla Cantor |July 17, 2020
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Why Do We Need a Climate School?

Climate change is already part of the curricula across Columbia, but we can make a bigger difference by working together.

by Alex Halliday |July 13, 2020