International Research Institute for Climate and Society Archives - State of the Planet

Children Highly Vulnerable to Health Risks from Climate Change

Madeleine Thomson, a senior research scientist at IRI and a senior research scholar at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, is a co-editor of PLOS Medicine‘s special issue on Climate Change and Health. Articles in the issue cover climate-related impacts, adaptation and mitigation.

by |August 15, 2018

New Study Shows Promise for Long-Term Weather Forecasts in South America

The Paraguay River is an essential lifeblood for the landlocked country that shares it name, but it can also be the source of deadly and costly floods. Now scientists are one step closer to predicting the likelihood for heavy rain weeks ahead of time.

by |August 6, 2018
brown wheat in field

Does the El Niño Southern Oscillation Actually Matter for Food Security?

And why should we care what causes a drought?

by |July 27, 2018
food in ethiopia

Food Web: Trade Networks May Be Key to Solving Hunger

Columbia’s Center for Climate Systems Research is building a network analysis program that can pinpoint trouble spots in the global food trade system.

by |June 28, 2018
Volcán de Fuego with smoke coming out the top

Experimental Forecasts Could Help Guatemala Recover from Volcanic Eruption

Rainfall predictions out to three weeks suggest the nation may get some relief from downpours that are hindering response and rebuilding.

by |June 26, 2018
bangladesh workshop on climate forecasting

Enhancing Climate Forecasts in Bangladesh

New seasonal forecasting services could improve livelihoods for Bangladeshi farmers.

by |June 11, 2018
Tigray, Ethiopia

Ethiopia Establishes National Framework for Climate Services

In Ethiopia, climate variability can have a big impact on food, water, and health. A system to monitor and predict climate will help to keep people safe.

by |June 7, 2018
simon mason accepts award

Simon Mason Wins Meteorological Award for Outstanding Service

The World Meteorological Organization’s Commission on Climatology recognizes a Columbia climate forecaster’s scientific contributions.

by |April 25, 2018
climate and health panel

“No Time for Delay” On Climate and Public Health, Doctors Warn

At meeting in mid-March, doctors, climate scientists, and global health specialists discussed how to tackle the health threats that climate change carries with it.

by |April 19, 2018
fruit in a market in kenya

New Columbia World Project to Address Climate Risks to Food in Six Countries

The project will focus on climate threats to food and nutrition in six developing countries, bringing research out of the lab and into the real world.

by |March 23, 2018