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FEMA’S Failure and the Catastrophe of Our Federal Government

We have reason to question the competence and readiness of the federal government after over two years of amateurish, chaotic and dominantly political presidential leadership.

by |July 15, 2019

Podcast Discusses New Book About the Quest for Renewable Energy

Award-winning investigative reporter Russell Gold discusses his new book, Superpower, in the latest episode of the Columbia Energy Exchange podcast.

Robin Bell Goes to Washington to Testify About Melting Ice Sheets

At a hearing of the House Science Committee on Thursday, she’ll explain her research and why changing polar ice matters to everyone in America and around the world.

by |July 11, 2019
sediment cores on table

After a Long Wait, Expedition 383 Drills its First Seafloor Core

It took six days to sail to Point Nemo, the most inaccessible point of the ocean on this planet, to drill a sample from the ocean floor.

by |July 11, 2019

Harnessing Big Data and Machine Learning to Forecast Wildfires in the Western U.S.

New research will advance understanding of how wildfires may evolve in the future, and how we can most effectively respond to them.

by |July 10, 2019

Ben Orlove on the Anthropology of Climate Change and Glacier Retreat

Scientist Ben Orlove discusses why it’s important to bring an anthropological dimension to the science of climate change and glacial retreat.

by |July 10, 2019
drought stunted plant in field

How Much Do Climate Fluctuations Matter for Global Crop Yields?

A new study finds that ENSO has caused widespread, simultaneous crop failures in recent history, running counter to the long-held assumption that crop failures in geographically distant breadbasket regions are unrelated.

by |July 9, 2019

Meet the Students Studying Environmental Issues in the Middle East in 2019

This July, Columbia University and Tel Aviv University will send graduate students to the Middle East to learn about the environmental challenges facing communities in Jordan and Israel.

by |July 9, 2019

Environmental Science and Policy Students Tackle Legislation Head-on

As part of their coursework, the students will analyze and develop implementation plans for five real-world bills.

by |July 8, 2019

Regulation and Reality in Reducing Global Warming

In order to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, we need to work together with businesses and communities to help develop the capacity to reduce emissions.

by |July 8, 2019