Climate Archives - State of the Planet

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Columbia to Establish a Climate School to Meet the Challenges of a Warming World

The Columbia Climate School will provide the education, research and global partnerships needed to create and maintain a sustainable society.

by |July 10, 2020
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Malgosia Madajewicz Studies How Communities Make Decisions in the Face of Rising Seas

The development economist thinks that understanding the factors that influence climate adaptation decisions will be key to building a more resilient future.

by |July 8, 2020

Anillos de Crecimiento de los Árboles Revelan Aumento sin Precedentes en Extremos Climáticos en Sudamérica

Un nuevo Atlas Sudamericano de Sequía revela que las sequías severas expandidas y los períodos inusualmente húmedos sin precedentes han ido aumentando desde mediados del siglo XX.

by |July 7, 2020

Tree Rings Show Unprecedented Rise in Extreme Weather in South America

A new South American Drought Atlas reveals that unprecedented widespread, intense droughts and unusually wet periods have been on the rise since the mid-20th century.

by |July 7, 2020

Future Hurricanes: Fast Like Ike or Slow Like Harvey?

Climate change will intensify winds that steer hurricanes north over Texas in the late 21st century, increasing the odds for fast-moving storms like 2008’s Ike, compared with slow-movers like 2017’s Harvey, says new research.

by |July 6, 2020

Environmental Justice and Economic Recovery

An American infrastructure revitalization program could put people to work while improving the efficiency and quality of our communities and economy.

by |July 6, 2020
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Reopening Mostly Erases Effects of Pandemic Reductions in CO2 Emissions

Although emissions temporarily dipped due to coronavirus, the numbers are bouncing back quickly as economies reopen.

by Marco Tedesco |July 3, 2020
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New Podcast Episode: New York’s Pathway to Decarbonization

As the Cuomo administration emerges from the hardest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, questions remain as to how the state plans to achieve its ambitious decarbonization goals.

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What’s New and Noteworthy in the Latest Congressional Report on Climate Change

In its new report, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis decided to select more solutions — more technologies, more policy options, and more innovation.

by Julio Friedmann |June 30, 2020

COVID-19’s Long-Term Effects on Climate Change—For Better or Worse

Changes in carbon emissions, individual behaviors, and government responses will have a big impact on the environment and our ability to combat climate change.

by |June 25, 2020