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Tree toppled by Cyclone Amphan in Kolkata

Cyclone Amphan Reinforces Urgent Need for Climate Adaptation Planning

By building resilience into our infrastructure and communities, we can reduce the damages from natural disasters and recover from shocks more easily.

by |May 26, 2020
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John Furlow: Helping Developing Countries Adapt to Climate Change

He and his team are deploying seasonal climate forecasts and index insurance to help Vietnamese farmers plan ahead for changing weather, and to enhance food security.

by |April 2, 2020
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Report: Major Accomplishments of the ACToday Project

ACToday aims to combat hunger and improve food security by increasing climate knowledge in Ethiopia, Senegal, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Colombia, and Guatemala.

by |March 10, 2020
vineyard

Wine Regions Could Shrink Dramatically With Climate Change Unless Growers Swap Varieties

Diversity is key to resilience, says new study.

by |January 27, 2020
12 climate legal tools

12 Legal Tools to Push Climate Preparedness

Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and severe. Here are 12 ways the law can help society cope with these impacts.

by |December 16, 2019
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Columbia Students and Locals Team Up to Build Resilience in Johnstown, PA

Workshop shows how climate adaptation could be linked with economic revitalization in the nation’s so-called “Rust Belt.”

by |November 12, 2019
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Should New York Build a Storm Surge Barrier?

A recent event at Columbia University debated the pros and cons.

by |October 24, 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
prairie wildflowers in restored ecosystem

Nature-Based Solutions: The Missing Ingredient in Climate Adaptation?

Restoring natural ecosystems can make communities more resilient to climate change while offering other benefits along the way.

by |June 28, 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