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Millennium Island in the Republic of Kiribati as seen from space

Why We Shouldn’t Let Maritime Boundaries Shrink as Coastlines Recede

Climate change will pose many challenges for small island states — and shrinking maritime boundaries would only make matters worse, argues one climate lawyer.

radley horton speaks at hearing

Lamont Climatologist Testifies on Capitol Hill About Sea Level Rise

In a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Environment, Radley Horton delivered sobering remarks about how climate change will impact our coastlines, economy, and society at large.

by |February 27, 2019

Uncovering the Future of Greenland’s Ice Sheet

Joerg Schaefer and Gisela Winckler, scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, received funding from the Center for Climate and Life to examine the vulnerability of Greenland’s massive ice sheet.

by |January 22, 2019
Antarctic ice, from the video "What's Happening to the Ice Sheets?"

New Study Highlights Complexity of Warming and Melting in Antarctica

A concerted, multidisciplinary effort is needed to tackle this complexity, scientists argue in a paper released on Monday.

by |November 19, 2018
sea wall

When Is a Sea Wall a Good Idea?

Scientists at Columbia’s Earth Institute are using simulations to test how well different methods protect coastal areas from hurricanes and sea level rise.

by |September 13, 2018

Sea Level Rise and Coastal Development: Science Speaks Directly to Business

Business leaders and climate scientists recently met to discuss how advances in climate science research can be used to reduce investment risk and improve returns.

by |July 9, 2018
nyc water sea level rise

A World Warmer By Just 2°C Will Be Very Different From Today

Past warm periods indicate that even the Paris Agreement’s limits on global warming could have catastrophic consequences over the long-term.

by |June 25, 2018

Photo Essay: How High Could Seas Rise?

Columbia scientists recently visited the Caribbean island of Barbados, whose fossilized coral reefs contain an exquisite record of how the ocean has risen and fallen in the past.

by |May 14, 2018

How High Can Seas Rise? On a Tropical Isle, the Answers Are Not Always Obvious.

To help predict the future of sea level rise, scientists are studying ancient corals on the island of Barbados.

by |May 14, 2018

To Save Coastal Property from Rising Seas, We Need Collaborative Planning

Climate scientist Radley Horton is bringing the effects of sea level rise to decision-makers, and fostering discussions to help society confront climate change.

by |May 1, 2018