April 1, 2020

There’s No Good Reason to Hoard Anything, Especially Food

"There will be adequate food, even if some prices are higher and some items become temporarily unavailable," said Michael Puma, director of the Center for Climate Systems Research at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.
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March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Has Cut Air Pollution in Some Countries—But Will This Blip Make a Difference?

In New York, carbon monoxide levels were down by nearly 50 percent from the previous year, according to an analysis by Columbia atmospheric scientist Róisín Commane and her colleagues.
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March 26, 2020

Where I Work

Robin Bell is a geophysicist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory whose research adds to our understanding of how ice at the poles of our planet works — how ice sheets flow, melt, grow.
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March 22, 2020

A Second Dust Bowl Could Threaten Global Food Security

“While global trade can serve to buffer shortages in supply in the short term, it also exposes countries to the consequences of production shocks elsewhere in the world," said Alison Heslin, a postdoc at Columbia's Earth Institute.
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March 19, 2020

Coronavirus: Air Pollution and CO2 Fall Rapidly as Virus Spreads

Róisín Commane, from Columbia University, who carried out the New York air monitoring work said, "This is the cleanest I have ever seen it. It's is less than half of what we normally see in March."
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March 19, 2020

A Storm Expert’s View: What Lessons Can We Apply From Hurricanes to the Coronavirus?

A fierce hurricane and a deadly pandemic are very different disasters, but there are common elements that can guide our response to the current crisis, writes Columbia atmospheric scientist Adam Sobel.
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Sonya Dyhrman
March 9, 2020

The Scientist Tackling the Ocean Food Chain

Pioneering research by Columbia oceanographer Sonya Dyhrman on microbes and microbial interactions is examining just how vulnerable the global food chain may be to climate change.
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