Francesco Fiondella, Author at State of the Planet

Science communication occupies a lot of my brain space, even when I’m not in the office at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, where I oversee communications. I take lots of photos, too. Find out more about me at FrancescoFiondella.com.

Recent Posts

National Climate Assessment: Threats to U.S. International Interests

John Furlow is the Deputy Director for Humanitarian Assistance and International Development of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society. He is an author of the new U.S. National Climate Assessment’s chapter on the impact climate will have on U.S. international interests. We spoke with Furlow about climate threats to trade, supply chains, national security, and other areas.

by |November 27, 2018

New Book: Climate Information for Public Health Action

A new textbook edited and written by researchers across Columbia gives the health community a primer on why, when and how climate information can and should be incorporated into health research, policy and practice.

by |September 28, 2018

Global Climate Models For Public Health? Useful, But Not In The Way We Think

A new paper in PLOS Medicine argues that climate change projections are often misused in health impact studies: they are best suited for shaping public health policies, not for triggering operational actions on the ground.

by |August 15, 2018

Breaking New Ground in Hurricane Modeling

Researchers create first model for hurricane hazard assessment that is both open source and capable of accounting for climate change.

by |January 19, 2018

Columbia Climate Scientist Joins Quest to ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society’s Alessandra Giannini was selected as one of French President’s Macron’s climate laureates.

by |December 12, 2017

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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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

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

Malaria Risk Increases in Ethiopian Highlands as Temperatures Climb

The highlands of Ethiopia are home to the majority of the country’s population, the cooler climate serving as a natural buffer against malaria transmission. New data now show that increasing temperatures over the past 35 years are eroding this buffer, allowing conditions more favorable for malaria to begin climbing into highland areas.

by |June 15, 2017

Rising Temperatures Lead to Increased Fire Risk in Indonesia

A new paper shows that rising temperatures have increased the risk of fires even during non-drought years in Indonesia, possibly making mild fire seasons in the country a thing of the past.

by |May 1, 2017