Farmland in eastern Oklahoma, one of the farflung regions that researchers have found are susceptible to simultaneous heat waves. (Kevin Krajick/Earth Institute)
December 9, 2019

Newly Identified Jet-Stream Pattern Could Imperil Global Food Supplies, Says Study

Scientists have identified systematic meanders in the northern jet stream that cause simultaneous crop-damaging heat waves in widely separated regions—a previously unknown threat to global food production that could worsen with warming.
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On the dunes facing open water, big storms and gradually rising sea level is killing off trees. In the background, an abandoned missile silo. The peninsula was occupied by military forces for centuries, which saved the forest until now. Further in the background: the highly developed New Jersey mainland.
December 3, 2019

Within Sight of New York City, an Old-Growth Forest Faces Storms and Sea Level Rise

On a peninsula within sight of New York City, researchers are studying trees dating as far back as the early 1800s. Rising seas and more powerful storms, both fueled by climate change, could eventually spell their end.
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November 27, 2019

An Inlet By Any Other Name: Lamont Scientist Honored with Antarctic Namesake

A small bay in Antarctica has been named after biological oceanographer Hugh Ducklow from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
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Refugee camps built in the Bangladeshi hillside are vulnerable to sudden landslides. Photo: Eno Jonathan/UNDP
November 22, 2019

Assessing Landslide Risk in Rohingya Refugee Camps

NASA and Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society partner with humanitarian organizations to provide near real-time data on land use, rainfall, and elevation.
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November 15, 2019

Recap: How Should Columbia Drive Climate Change Innovation?

As the climate crisis mounts, Columbia has turned to its students for ideas and partnership in addressing one of the most critical global challenges of our times.
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