Climate Archives - State of the Planet

Assessing the Impact of Declining Arctic Sea Ice on Extreme Weather

Yutian Wu received funding from the Center for Climate and Life to investigate whether the loss of Arctic sea ice promotes severe weather over North America.

by |December 10, 2018

Fall Events Provide Hope for Solving Climate Change

In a variety of talks and panels, experts gathered on campus to discuss ideas and technologies that can help us overcome the planet’s biggest environmental challenge.

by |December 7, 2018

American Geophysical Union 2018: Key Events From the Earth Institute

The American Geophysical Union fall meeting takes place Dec. 10-14 in Washington, D.C. Here is a guide to key talks and other events from Columbia’s Earth Institute.

by |December 3, 2018

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

Can Removing Carbon From the Atmosphere Save Us from Climate Catastrophe?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that limiting global warming to 1.5˚C will require removing CO2 from the atmosphere. How feasible is this?

by |November 27, 2018

National Climate Assessment: Will U.S. Water Problems Worsen?

Upmanu Lall is director of the Columbia Water Center, and the lead author of the new U.S. National Climate Assessment’s chapter on water resources. The report paints a dire picture of the nation’s climate future. We spoke with Lall about the outlook for water supplies, quality and infrastructure.

by |November 26, 2018

Climate Fact and Right Wing Fantasy

The Trump administration’s effort to bury the newest climate report isn’t working.

by |November 26, 2018
Antarctic ice, from the video "What's Happening to the Ice Sheets?"

New Study Highlights Complexity of Warming and Melting in Antarctica

A concerted, multidisciplinary effort is needed to tackle this complexity, scientists argue in a paper released on Monday.

by |November 19, 2018
landscape in the páramos

This Unique Andean Ecosystem is Warming Almost as Fast as the Arctic

One science team is finding out why—and investigating what a warmer, drier future will mean for biodiversity and water supply in Latin America.

by |November 15, 2018

A New Primer on Climate Change

A Q&A with Jason Smerdon, coauthor of the newly revised Climate Change: The Science of Global Warming and Our Energy Future.

by |November 14, 2018