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Arctic Archipelago: Ground Zero For Climate Change

Summer temperatures on the archipelago of Svalbard, 400 miles north of Norway, are now higher than at any other period in the last 1,800 years, according to a new study in the journal Geology.

by |November 8, 2012

Columbia-PepsiCo Collaboration Creates Tool for Calculating Carbon Footprints

Researchers at the Earth Institute’s Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy working in collaboration with PepsiCo, Inc. have developed new software that rapidly calculates the carbon footprints of thousands of products simultaneously.

by |October 17, 2012

A Major Legal Victory for Climate Science

     Though most attention last week focused on the Supreme Court ruling upholding federal reform of the health-care system, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued the most important judicial decision on climate change in five years.  That decision upholds the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate greenhouse gases, and it… read more

by |July 2, 2012
Soybean field, Mato Grosso, Brazil

Amazonians Have Shot at Reducing Greenhouse Gases, Says Study

The huge Brazilian Amazon state of Mato Grosso will cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by more than half if it sticks with current plans to reduce deforestation substantially by 2020, says a new study. The research, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, uses 105 years of historical data… read more

by |July 28, 2010