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

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
shade-grown coffee bushes grow under trees

Shade-Grown Coffee Helps Ecosystems and Farmers

A new study finds that coffee farmers could be better off financially if they used shade-growing practices for part of their production.

map of predicted precipitation levels over several months

El Niño Arrives, Unfashionably Late

In February, the long-predicted El Niño event in the Pacific began to finally take shape. Here’s what it could mean for precipitation levels over the next few months.

by |March 11, 2019

Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork: 2019 and Beyond

On every continent and every ocean, Earth Institute researchers are studying climate, geology, natural hazards and other dynamics of the planet. Here is a list of projects in rough chronological order for the coming year and beyond.

by |January 24, 2019

Bangladesh Gets a New Climate Academy

The academy will train a new generation of experts who can use climate services effectively to manage the risks and opportunities around food security in Bangladesh.

by |January 9, 2019
melody braun at a conference in bangladesh

Using Climate Information to Protect Vulnerable Populations In Bangladesh

A Q&A with Melody Braun, who brings advanced climate services to areas in crisis.

by |December 20, 2018

What’s Climate Doing to Guatemala’s Coffee?

Diego Pons discusses his recent work on exploring the relationships between several climatic variables and coffee productivity in a region of Guatemala.

by |December 13, 2018