January 23, 2019

Climate Change Tipping Point Could Be Coming Sooner than We Think

A Columbia Engineering study, published today in Nature, confirms the urgency to tackle climate change. It shows that vegetation may not be able to continue abating the effects of emissions from human activities.
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January 22, 2019

Uncovering the Future of Greenland’s Ice Sheet

Joerg Schaefer and Gisela Winckler, scientists at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, received funding from the Center for Climate and Life to examine the vulnerability of Greenland’s massive ice sheet.
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January 22, 2019

Debunking the Solar-Cycle/North Atlantic Winter Weather Connection

The North Atlantic Oscillation is considered a key driver of winter weather patterns over the Northern Hemisphere. In recent years, research has claimed a correlation between the NAO and the 11-year solar cycle. A new paper debunks that claim.
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January 17, 2019

Climate-Driven Fires Could Turn Yellowstone Forests to Grassland By Midcentury

A new study shows that some of Yellowstone National Park’s forests may now be at a climate tipping point, and could be replaced by grassland by the middle of this century.
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January 16, 2019

Novel Materials Convert Visible Light into Infrared Light, Opening Up New Routes for Photodynamic Therapy and Drug Development

The new process converts infrared energy into visible light, allowing innocuous radiation to penetrate living tissue and other materials without the damage caused by high-intensity light exposure.
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January 15, 2019

Heating Buildings Leaves a Huge Carbon Footprint, But There’s a Fix For It

Vijay Modi, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University and an Earth Institute faculty member, and his research group are studying how to decarbonize heating.
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January 9, 2019

Genes on the Move Help Nose Make Sense of Scents

Armed with advanced genomic tools, Columbia scientists have uncovered an ingenious mechanism that underlies the brain’s ability to distinguish different smells.
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