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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
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New Round of Funding Supports Earth Institute Research Around the Globe

The President’s Global Innovation Fund will provide grants to four Earth Institute research projects.

by |May 18, 2018
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Climate Change Will Displace Millions of People. Where Will They Go?

At a recent event, Earth Institute experts discussed the social, political, and economic challenges of climate migration.

by |January 4, 2018
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Why Do Floods Sometimes Happen on Sunny Days?

Some towns and cities can get soaked even when the skies are dry—and these so-called sunny day floods are on the rise thanks to climate change.

by |November 29, 2017

Greener on the Other Side: ESP Students’ Sustainability Podcast

Students from the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program at SIPA have produced a podcast called “Greener on the Other Side,” on sustainability, climate change, and the environment.

by |November 28, 2017
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What We Know About Medicanes—Hurricane-Like Storms in the Mediterranean

They’re rare but can be dangerous, as demonstrated by Medicane Numa’s destruction in Greece last week.

by |November 21, 2017

Ocean Sediments Off Pacific Coast May Feed Tsunami Danger

Tightly packed sediments help the Cascadia Subduction Zone generate large earthquakes, and could boost its ability to trigger a large tsunami.

by |November 20, 2017

Catastrophe and Community

Natural disaster reconstruction will not be easy, but our greatest assets in the rebuilding efforts are our communities and our common values.

by |November 8, 2017
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The Disaster of Disaster Reconstruction

First responders have learned how to reduce the death toll from natural disasters, but America’s long-term response and approach to reconstruction suffers from uncertainty, bureaucracy and inadequate resources of every kind. Until we understand that disaster reconstruction is not part of emergency response, it will remain a disaster.

by |November 1, 2017

We Need a Government Capable of Building Climate Resilient Infrastructure

Vulnerable infrastructure is a crisis that calls for enhanced governmental capacity to address a new, national issue of national security.

by |September 25, 2017