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Welcome to Climate Matters @ Columbia!

Welcome to Climate Matters @ Columbia, a new blog coming out of the recently formed Columbia Climate Center from the Earth Institute, Columbia University.

On Climate Matters, we’ll talk about all things climate: from basic climate science to policy considerations, from the climate impacts on public health to using conservation of biodiversity as a strategy to adapt to climate variability and change. We’ll highlight recent results on research, discuss news items in the context of climate and energy, and point to relevant reports released by agencies and think tanks around the world, all along aiming to provide both information and a forum to discuss climate science and policy.

Now that a compelling case for the existence of anthropogenic climate change has been made, the climate science community faces the challenge of identifying actions to prevent further negative impacts of climate change. We start from the premise that climate is one of many stressors facing an increasingly crowded planet. The climate challenge requires a multi-disciplinary approach involving climate scientists, engineers, economists, experts in public health, as well as social and political scientists.

We’ll have postings from researchers and experts in the fields of climate science, water and climate, ecosystems, decision science, energy and mitigation strategies, climate and health, economics, climate and sustainability, climate adaptation and infrastructure, climate policy and environmental law, adaptation and agriculture, climate and political stability, climate and cities and sustainable Columbia.

Stay tuned and tell us what you think!

Banner featuring a collage of extreme heat images.

Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

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