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Wildfires in Israel and Palestine – A Fuel for Conflict or an Opportunity for Building Trust?

In Israel and Palestine, wildfires offer an exemplary case study of the potential of environment management as a lever for cooperation, or as a driver of conflict among communities sharing common resources.

by |August 15, 2018
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Warming Climate Could Make Wildfire-Prone Homes Uninsurable

As insurers begin to account for climate change in their wildfire risk models, premiums in scorched areas could skyrocket.

What You Should Know About Air Quality Alerts

“It’s a code red day for ozone.” If you hear this on your local news, what does it mean? Are you at risk? Do you know what to do?

by |June 26, 2018

Increasing Heat Is Driving Off Clouds That Dampen California Wildfires

Sunny California may be getting too sunny. Increasing summer temperatures brought on by a combination of intensifying urbanization and warming climate are driving off once-common morning cloud cover in southern coastal areas of the state, leading to increased risk of wildfires.

by |May 30, 2018
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Scientists Find Strong Link Between Climate Change and Wildfires

High school students in a science communication class blog about research from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

by |February 7, 2018
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Fire Modeling: A New Approach to Wildfire Prevention

High school students in a science communication class blog about research from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

by |January 31, 2018

Improving Tools for Predicting Wildfires

During a conference at Columbia University, scientists pinpointed areas where advances in fire prediction can be made within the next decade.

by |October 27, 2017

Rising Temperatures Lead to Increased Fire Risk in Indonesia

A new paper shows that rising temperatures have increased the risk of fires even during non-drought years in Indonesia, possibly making mild fire seasons in the country a thing of the past.

by |May 1, 2017

Disaster Experts: A Journalist’s Guide

An all-purpose guide for journalists covering disasters, natural and manmade.

by |February 14, 2017

Where Trees Meet Tundra, Decoding Signals of Climate Change

In northern Alaska’s Brooks Range, the earth as most of us know it comes to an end. The northern tree line-a boundary that circles all of earth’s northern landmasses for more than 8,300 miles, and forms the planet’s biggest ecological transition zone–runs through here. Scientists from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory are studying how climate may change it, and the tundra beyond.

by |November 16, 2016