State of the Planet

News from the Columbia Climate School


Climate Week at the Earth Institute

Next week, September 21-27 is Climate Week, in New York City. Join us for a series of online events, listen to our podcast, and refresh your knowledge with some informative reads that give perspective to the climate crisis and point us towards action. Below is a growing list of events, check back here for the latest.

Other special content: Test your knowledge on climate by taking a quiz. Join us for a special musical event featuring the work of one of our researchers. We’re answering all your questions with our YouAsked series climate edition. Plus we’re hosting a great event featuring mayors and policy officials from around the world.

Special events


International Conference on Sustainable Development
Sep 21-22
The Center for Sustainable Development

Lamont Special screening of the film “Picture A Scientist”
Sep 21-24
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

The Impact of the Energy Transition on Global Health and Economic Prosperity
12:00-1:30 PM
Center on Global Energy Policy


Achieving a Net Zero Emissions Economy: Returning Carbon to the Earth
9:00-10:30 AM
Center on Global Energy Policy

Breaking Ground on Clean Construction: Rethinking and Rebuilding for a Greener Economy
Tuesday, 11:00 AM to Wednesday,12:30 PM
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Towards a Green & Just Recovery: Reimagining Our Future Through Divest/Invest
11:30–12:30 PM
NYC Mayor’s Office, C40 Cities, and the Earth Institute
The event will showcase leaders from both local and international climate and business communities to discuss how a broad coalition is working together to ensure that today’s investments do not lock-in polluting technologies, and instead support the solutions we need to avert climate breakdown, create good jobs, advance environmental justice, and support livable communities.

Seminar in Race, Climate Change, and Environmental Justice with Mona Hanna-Attisha
11:40-12:55 PM
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Green Recovery from COVID-19: Perspectives From Across the Globe
12:00-1:30 PM
Center on Global Energy Policy


Powering an Equitable, Sustainable, and Just Global Energy Transition
10:00-11:30 AM
Center on Global Energy Policy

Energizing America: A Roadmap to Launch a National Energy Innovation Mission
12:00-1:30 PM
Center on Global Energy Policy

A Sustain What Chat with Environmentalist and Model Lily Cole and Pat Brown of Impossible Foods
1:00-2:00 PM
Earth Institute Initiative on Communication and Sustainability

Sea Level Change: a SciArt Concert and Lecture
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
This event is a SciArt concert and lecture designed to showcase work that develops the understanding of sea level and coastal change, through the process of collaboration at the intersection of music and science.

On Fire: The Escalating Consequences of a Warming Climate
6:00-7:00 PM
Earth Institute, Earth Series


Environmental Justice: Climate, Health, and Energy
9:00-10:30 PM
Center on Global Energy Policy

Food and Climate Change
12:00-1:30 PM
Center on Global Energy Policy


Sustainable Development Speaker Series: Sustainable Transportation
12:00-1:00 PM
Columbia Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development


Informative reads

Why Do We Need a Climate School?
Alex Halliday

Kamala Harris’ Plan For International Climate Cooperation Could Smooth the Transition From Fossil Fuels
Aimee Barnes

A New Way to Calculate the Price of Carbon Pollution
Noah Kaufman

Coronavirus and Wildfires Combine to Pose Potential Threat to Indigenous Lives and Lands
Dale Willman

The Hidden Life of Ice: Dispatches From a Disappearing World
Book by Marco Tedesco

What’s New and Noteworthy in the Latest Congressional Report on Climate Change
Julio Friedmann

Realtime Tracking and Forecasting of Outbreak Risk of Dengue, Zika and other Aedes-transmitted Diseases
International Research Institute for Climate and Society

Q&A With Kailani Acosta on Diversity in the Geosciences

Understanding and Predicting Hurricanes in a Warmer World
Rebecca Fowler

Decarbonizing construction: Featuring work of Alissa Park

Carbon capture and storage: Featuring work of Alissa Park, Xi Chen

Modeling for adaptation: Featuring work of Adam Sobel, Michael Tippett, Pierre Gentine

Modeling for ozone-depleting substances: Featuring work of Lorenzo Polvani

Moving cleantech from lab to market: Featuring work of Upmanu Lall

Urban strategies for rising seas: Featuring work of George Deodatis

Watch these videos

Climate science to serve society, improving people’s lives around the world
International Research Institute for Climate and Society

The Heat is On: The Climate Imperative
What a hotter planet will mean for people, ecosystems, and the international community.

The Roots of their Work
For a number of our researchers, the work they’ve committed to goes beyond fulfilling professional interests and career goals. Sometimes it’s deeply personal, too.

The New Climate Story
Featuring Kate Marvel, Kendra Pierre-Louis, Katharine Wilkinson, Mary Heglar

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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Enrico Rosati
Enrico Rosati
3 years ago

can’t just sit and do nothing! here is my proposal:


Objective : lower sea level caused by global warming

It is known that ice melting in the “poles” will increase with global warming.
The effect will be devastating, especially for smaller islands and coastal areas.
The melting is supposed to reach as high as 3-6 feet.

Proposal: build canals to allow sea level to go back where it could refill empty lakes, deserts, lower floors.

Means: canals, canals, canals.

Sea water is increased constantly by rivers using “gravity” to bring sweet water to sea level.

Sea water could be decreased by likewise returning water to lower areas, such as former dried up lakes, in areas such as:

Earth’s Ten Depressions with the Lowest Dry Land:

Dead Sea Depression (Israel, Jordan, Syria)*
Lake Assal (Djibouti)
Turfan Depression (China)
Qattara Depression (Egypt)
Karagiye Depression (Kazakhstan)
Denakil Depression (Ethiopia)
San Julían’s Great Depression (Argentina)
Death Valley (USA)
Akdzhakaya Depression (Turkmenistan)
Salton Trough (USA, Mexico)

in a controlled manner.

*The Dead Sea is a salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, and its main tributary is the Jordan River. Its surface and shores are 430.5 metres below sea level, Earth’s lowest elevation on land.