Columbia Water Center Archives - State of the Planet

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How Climate Change Impacts Our Water

Climate change disrupts the water cycle in ways that could profoundly alter how we live our lives.

by |September 23, 2019

You Asked About River Salinity and Water Pollution

A Columbia Water Center staffer answers questions about salinization and water pollution.

by |May 3, 2019
Rescue worker during the aftermath of the Brumadinho dam collapse

Brumadinho Dam Collapse: Outlook and Policy Objectives

An uptick in mining-related tragedies in Brazil points to the need for stronger regulations.

by |March 18, 2019
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Columbia Water Center: A Decade of Cutting Edge Research

To mark its anniversary, the Columbia Water Center has released a new report highlighting its achievements over the past decade. Read an excerpt, then download the full report.

by |January 3, 2019
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How Climate Impacts Solar and Wind Power Supply

New research shows that long-term weather patterns could have a huge effect on the success of renewable energy

by |December 11, 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

National Climate Assessment: Will U.S. Water Problems Worsen?

Upmanu Lall is director of the Columbia Water Center, and the lead author of the new U.S. National Climate Assessment’s chapter on water resources. The report paints a dire picture of the nation’s climate future. We spoke with Lall about the outlook for water supplies, quality and infrastructure.

by |November 26, 2018
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6 Ways Our Team Is Taking Action on Climate Change—And How You Can, Too

Scientists and staff within the Earth Institute share some of the ways they’re shrinking their carbon footprints.

by |September 25, 2018

Using Artificial Intelligence To Locate Risky Dams

In the U.S., some 2,000 high hazard dams are in need of repairs. A project from the Columbia Water Center is helping to identify the most hazardous ones.

by |August 23, 2018
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America’s Water Infrastructure is Failing—But Here’s How We Could Start to Fix It

A recent event hosted by the Columbia Water Center highlights the challenges and opportunities that nation’s beleaguered water system presents.

by |May 8, 2018