International Research Institute for Climate and Society 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
drought stunted plant in field

How Much Do Climate Fluctuations Matter for Global Crop Yields?

A new study finds that ENSO has caused widespread, simultaneous crop failures in recent history, running counter to the long-held assumption that crop failures in geographically distant breadbasket regions are unrelated.

by |July 9, 2019
diego pons gives a presentation at a roundtable

ACToday Unites Farmers and Scientists to Solve Climate Challenges in Guatemala

Thousands of Guatemalan farmers will now have access to state-of-the-art forecasts and other climate information to help them increase crop yields and earn more.

by |June 26, 2019
fields and wind turbines in ethiopia

Training Agents of Change: A New Approach to Reach Ethiopia’s Climate-Vulnerable Farmers

A training course marked a major step in a project that will equip farmers with climate information to manage food production in times of drought and extreme weather.

by |June 14, 2019
two men drawing weather maps

Climate Service Initiative Begins Work on a New Continent

After a decade of development in Africa, the ENACTS initiative is expanding to Bangladesh this year.

by |June 13, 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
time scales for decision making

The Use and Misuse of Climate Change Projections in Development

Current practices are not making use of the best available scientific knowledge to guide real-world decision making.

by |April 11, 2019
Fulβe man tending a cow

Mixing Science With Tradition Among Burkina Faso’s Migratory Herders

Anthropologists are working with Fulani community leaders to promote knowledge-sharing between herders and climate scientists.

by |April 5, 2019

New Project Will Tackle Amazonian Development Challenges From Space

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society is part of a new project that will use satellite imagery to address environment and development challenges across the Amazon Basin.

by |March 21, 2019
A water reservoir in the Louga region of Northern Senegal.

How Pollution and Greenhouse Gases Affect the Climate in the Sahel

A recent study is the first to show that pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions have directly affected the 20th century evolution of rainfall over a region.

by |March 13, 2019