Natural Disasters Archives - State of the Planet

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Is Climate Change Already Making Hurricanes Stronger?

A new project is looking for the fingerprints of climate change in the hurricanes of today, so we’ll know what to expect in the near future.

by |March 5, 2019

Beto O’Rourke Discusses Climate Change on Columbia Campus

At a Town Hall with students, the alum and former congressman stressed the importance of storytelling and bipartisan cooperation to develop climate solutions.

by |February 6, 2019

Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork: 2019 and Beyond

On every continent and every ocean, Earth Institute researchers are studying climate, geology, natural hazards and other dynamics of the planet. Here is a list of projects in rough chronological order for the coming year and beyond.

by |January 24, 2019
megadrought is causing lake mead's water levels to fall

Current Megadrought in the West Could Be One of the Worst in History

A 19-year drought in the American West is one of the most severe in the past 1200 years—and climate change is partially to blame, according to new research.

by |December 13, 2018

Q&A: Forecast-Based Financing for Flash Floods

A Q&A with IRI’s Andrew Kruczkiewicz about a new mechanism for taking early humanitarian action based on weather forecast information and socioeconomic risk analysis.

by |December 11, 2018

Anti-Government Ideology in our More Complex World

Fires continue to burn in California as the air quality declines to dangerous levels. Hurricanes and floods this fall left a path of destruction as communities all over this country struggled to put themselves back together.

by |November 19, 2018

Wildfire Experts: A Journalist’s Guide

A guide to wildfire experts at the Earth Institute.

by |November 14, 2018

Yes, Climate Change is Making Wildfires Worse

Park Williams, a bioclimatologist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, has found that rising temperatures influence wildfires in the American West.

by |November 12, 2018

End of Our Fieldwork and Mandalay Hill

I had one last day installing seismometers with the team, then left for Mandalay. After a breakfast with colleagues, I had a free day to explore Mandalay Hill.

by |November 12, 2018

I Switch to Installing Seismometers

With the GPS done, I joined the seismologists installing 32 stations in Myanmar. We finished the preparations and then headed out to the field in three teams.

by |November 10, 2018