Features Archive - State of the Planet

Climate Week NYC

Every year in September, Climate Week NYC brings together leaders from business, government, and civil society for the biggest climate event on Earth. Columbia Climate School is a proud partner in this effort to build global momentum toward climate action, and we’re excited to offer a full lineup of online events and special content all… read more

Student Voices

Observations, essays, and opinions from students connected with the Columbia Climate School.

Scrutinizing the Habitat of Slow Earthquakes in the Guerrero Gap

Expedition MGL2204 of Columbia University’s R/V Marcus G. Langseth has set sail from Manzanillo, Mexico, to better understand the origin of the slow earthquakes within the Guerrero gap.

Class Day 2022

Congratulations to the 2022 graduates of the Columbia Climate School! To celebrate the Climate School’s first graduating class, State of the Planet is publishing a series of stories highlighting students and faculty involved with the Climate and Society program. You can also tune in to the live Class Day ceremony here on May 13 at… read more

Russia-Ukraine Crisis

As the war in Ukraine continues to unfold, scholars from the Columbia Climate School are analyzing what it means for energy, food security, public health, climate, and more.

Data Dives

Data Dives

Data Dives are conversations with Columbia Climate School researchers to learn more about their work and explore trending topics through the lens of data science and visualization.

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Earthquake Hazards in Haiti and Jamaica

In January 2022, this research cruise will evaluate the potential earthquake hazard along the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden fault in the Jamaica Passage, located between Haiti and Jamaica. The team, composed of scientists from the U.S. and Jamaica, will map ruptures and other seafloor features left by earthquakes generated along the same huge fault system that caused… read more

Illuminating the Cascadia Subduction Zone

At the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the ongoing descent of the Juan de Fuca plate system beneath the northwestern coast of North America has generated “giant” earthquakes in the past, along with tsunamis that have traversed the Pacific Ocean. The last great earthquake at Cascadia occurred on January 26, 1700 and is estimated to have been… read more

coastal flooding behind fence on sand dune

Managed Retreat

As climate change drowns coastlines and exacerbates droughts, wildfires, and flooding, some areas of the world are becoming increasingly difficult to live and thrive in. Managed retreat is the process of relocating homes, communities, and planned development away from growing hazards. Check this page for ongoing discussion around managed retreat, including outgrowths of our June 2019 and June… read more

capitol building on january 20, 2021

Biden-Harris Administration

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris enter office with a long list of substantial challenges to tackle. Working together with Congress, they will need to pull the country out of the worst pandemic in a century. They will need to get the economy back up and running, take bold moves to limit climate… read more