May 20, 2020

This Math Formula Has Determined the Odds of Aliens Existing

David Kipping leads the Cool Worlds Laboratory at Columbia University and recently published a study that identifies the odds of intelligent life existing elsewhere in the universe.
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May 16, 2020

It’s Not Just the Extreme Heat. It’s the Extreme Humidity

New Columbia-led research shows rising humidity and temperatures are colliding in places like the Gulf Coast, decades ahead of projections, and it's likely to cause deaths.
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May 11, 2020

Future Warming Arriving Earlier Than Expected, Study Finds

“We already have enough evidence before a study like this, clearly, of the systemic, existential risks in a world where we don’t reduce our carbon emissions,” Columbia climate scientist Radley Horton said. “This is another line of evidence.”
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May 9, 2020

Ominous Trend in American West Could Signal a Looming “Megadrought”

"Without human-caused climate change, we would still have a drought," said Columbia bioclimatologist Park Williams. "But it wouldn't be a serious as the one we've actually seen."
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April 30, 2020

Antarctica And Greenland Are Losing Thousands Of Gigatons of Ice — That’s A Lot

"Our goal is to be able to tell every coastal community what they can plan on [in] the coming decades," said Columbia's Robin Bell. "To be able to do that, we both need to measure how the ice is changing but also understand better why it's changing."
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April 29, 2020

An Active Hurricane Season Will Strain Emergency Response Amid Pandemic, Forecasters Warn

"The ability to respond will be severely hindered," said Jeff Schlegelmilch, deputy director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University's Earth Institute.
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April 24, 2020

The Lab That Discovered Global Warming Has Good News and Bad News

No other geoscience lab was as influential during the second half of the 20th century as Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. It is where the very phrase “global warming” was coined.
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