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

New Book: Climate Information for Public Health Action

A new textbook edited and written by researchers across Columbia gives the health community a primer on why, when and how climate information can and should be incorporated into health research, policy and practice.

by |September 28, 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
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Why Hurricane Florence is Unusual and Dangerous

Experts from around the Earth Institute weigh in on some of the biggest questions about Hurricane Florence.

by |September 12, 2018
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Hurricane Florence: Resources for Journalists

Our hurricane and disaster experts are standing by to answer media questions about hurricane physics, emergency response, climate change, and more.

by |September 12, 2018
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End of Colombia Conflict May Bring New Threats to Ecosystems

The end of a 52-year internal conflict could spell trouble for the second most biodiverse country in the world. A new study outlines a sustainable path forward.

by |September 12, 2018

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

And why should we care what causes a drought?

by |July 27, 2018
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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
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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