climate change Archives - State of the Planet

Climate-Driven Fires Could Turn Yellowstone Forests to Grassland By Midcentury

A new study shows that some of Yellowstone National Park’s forests may be at a climate tipping point, and could be replaced by grassland by the middle of this century.

by |January 17, 2019

The Politics of a Green New Deal

Tying economic development to environmental protection is a winning political strategy.

by |January 14, 2019
visualization comparing trash in garbage patch vs U.S. co2 emissions in one year

The Ocean Garbage Patch Is Tiny Compared to Our Carbon Footprint

How trash in our oceans can help us conceptualize and reduce our carbon emissions.

by |January 9, 2019
fisherman catching lobster on mesoamerican barrier reef

Scientists Work to Build Climate Change Resilience in Caribbean Coral Reef

A team from Columbia’s Earth Institute is helping to research and design adaptation strategies to help save the world’s second largest barrier reef.

by |January 8, 2019

The 35 Easiest Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

With these simple changes, you can make a difference without making much of an effort or financial investment.

by |December 27, 2018

The Climate Talks Struggle While California Forges Ahead

The contrast between the climate talks in Poland and progress by California is illuminating and provides a clear indication of how the climate crisis will actually be addressed.

by |December 17, 2018
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How Can We Use the National Climate Assessment to Prepare for Climate Change?

While the Trump administration is doing its best to ignore recent findings, an upcoming report will focus on helping cities, states, and businesses develop mitigation and adaptation strategies.

by |December 14, 2018
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

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

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