Center for Research on Environmental Decisions Archives - State of the Planet

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
mountaintop glaciers in Trafoi, Italy

Mountain-Dwellers Adapt to Melting Glaciers Without Necessarily Caring About Climate Change

A new study challenges the assumption that communities have to believe in climate change before they can take action.

by |May 30, 2019
A garden featuring a small pond with an island in the middle, a bench, and a mural of Frida Kahlo in the background.

In East Harlem, Community Gardens Provide More Than Food

A new study looks at how these green spaces impact gardeners and their communities.

by |January 10, 2019
yaks in bhutan

What Yak Herders in Northern Bhutan Are Saying About Global Warming

Yak herders in the Himalayas are observing climate change in action, and it’s one of the factors threatening their way of life.

by |October 18, 2018
glacier in austria

New IPCC Report Offers New Data, Stern Warnings, Hope

The report shows that every degree of warming matters for livelihoods in most communities.

by |October 11, 2018
Members of the Japan Family Farmers’ Movement showing their support of peasant rights

UN Resolution Would Protect Land and Water Rights of Rural People

This proposed declaration includes a number of rights, and specifically mentions that water resources in mountain ecosystems should be protected against pollution from mining activities.

by |October 5, 2018
two people in front of glacier at glacier national park

Thoughts From the Grinnell Glacier Trail in Glacier National Park

A lot is different from my first visit to the park back in 2016 versus now.

by |August 29, 2018
glaciers in ladakh

War Against Natural Disasters: A Fight the Indian Military Can’t Win

Ladakh’s glaciers are retreating, causing floods and threatening livelihoods. But a recent study reveals that disaster risk reduction is often slow or absent due to its status as a conflict and military-tense zone.

Glacier experts gather at an IPCC meeting in China

Glacier Researchers Gather at IPCC Meeting in China

Ever wonder how thousands of scientists come together to author the world’s most authoritative report on climate change? A lead author brings us inside one working group.

by |August 2, 2018
glacial lake

Will Climate Change Cause More Glacial Lake Outburst Floods?

When glacial lakes burst, the sudden and intense flooding can be catastrophic for nearby communities. A new study looks at what role climate change plays in these events.

by |May 21, 2018