Madeleine Rubenstein, Author at State of the Planet

Madeleine Rubenstein is the Research Coordinator for the Columbia Climate Center. A graduate of Barnard College with a B.A. in French Literature and a minor in Political Science, her research with the Climate Center focuses on renewable energy policy and climate change communication, as well as the intersection of science, society, and ethics. While at Sciences Po-Paris, Madeleine studied international climate change policy as well as political theory and environmental economics.

Recent Posts

Emissions from the Cement Industry

A single industry accounts for around 5 percent of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. It produces a material so ubiquitous it is nearly invisible: cement. It is the primary ingredient in concrete, which in turn forms the foundations and structures of the buildings we live and work in, and the roads and bridges we drive… read more

by |May 9, 2012

Climate News Roundup: Week of April 30th

Scientists race to save world’s rice bowl from climate change; Study: climate change causes plants to flower earlier; Panetta warms climate change having ‘dramatic impact’ on national security; Climate change is real and here: what to do now to protect your building

by |May 4, 2012

Climate News Roundup: Week of 2/13

Leak Offers Glimpse of Campaign Against Climate Science, New Global Deal on Climate Change, What’s Next for Renewable Energy in the Mediterranean?, Climate Change Increases Risk of Storm Surge, According to MIT Study

by |February 16, 2012

Climate Change in Haiti

By Tracy Slagle and Madeleine Rubenstein Of the many countries at risk from the effects of climate change, small island states are widely considered to be among the most vulnerable. Not only are these countries exposed to direct impacts of climate change, particularly sea level rise, they are also highly sensitive to existing environmental stresses… read more

by |February 1, 2012

Climate News Roundup: Week of 1/09

To Slow Climate Change, Cut Down on Soot, Ozone; Investors Say Private Sector Must Tackle Climate Change; US Teachers Offered Support for Climate Change Lessons;Massive ecological change predicted for Canada: NASA

by |January 13, 2012

A Changing Climate for Small Island States

Small island states are uniquely vulnerable to climate change because of their geography and socioeconomic characteristics. As the physical impacts of climate change interact with social and economic vulnerabilities, climate change poses a significant threat to the islands’ physical, social, and economic well-being.

by |December 15, 2011
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Climate News Roundup: Week of 10/17

Warming Revives Dream of Sea Route in Russian Arctic; Climate Change: The heat is on; California becomes first state to adopt cap-and-trade program; Millions will be trapped amid climate change, study warns.

by |October 21, 2011

Climate News Roundup: Week of 10/02

With Death of Forests, a Loss of Key Climate Protectors; U.S. aviation lobbying ‘will not change European emission trading laws’; Climate change eradicating Arctic’s oldest ice; Is climate change affecting fall foliage?

by |October 7, 2011

Climate News Roundup: Week of 9/12 and 9/20

World Bank looks to South African climate talks, Associated Press, Sept. 13 Andrew Steer, special envoy of the World Bank on climate change, is pushing for a focus on the impacts of climate change on agriculture and food security during the upcoming UNFCCC negotiations in Durban, South Africa. Although Durban is not expected to be… read more

by |September 27, 2011

Climate News Roundup: Week of 8/28

Seeing Irene as Harbinger of Change in Climate, New York Times, Aug. 27 As the East Coast recovers from the impacts of Hurricane Irene, the storm has revived a debate on the impacts of human-induced climate change on the strength and frequency of hurricanes. While there is widespread consensus that a warmer world will lead… read more

by |September 2, 2011