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Adapting to our Warming Planet Despite our Dysfunctional Congress

The renewable energy transition has begun, but it will not happen rapidly. In the meantime, we need to invest in infrastructure and other measures that will enable human settlements to withstand the impact of extreme weather and recover from the damage that inevitably comes.

by |October 2, 2023

How to Adapt to Climate Change, and How Not To

Adapting to climate change might seem to be all to the good, but some adaptations have negative effects that must be weighed against the positives.

by Ben Orlove |August 21, 2023

Avoiding Environmental Panic

People are experiencing the climate crisis firsthand, and it is changing their understanding of how the world works. The crisis is real, but so, too, is our determination to address it.

by |July 24, 2023

Paying the Costs of Climate Resilience

We need a stronger and more resilient built environment to withstand the rains, wind, heat, and cold of climate-accelerated extreme weather events.

by |July 17, 2023
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‘I Study the Ways Society Is Adapting to a Changing Climate:’ Meet Climate Scientist Lisa Dale

Columbia Climate School’s Lisa Dale is a political scientist who studies how policies, both domestic and international, might help us live more sustainable lives.

by |February 23, 2023

Maprooms Turn ‘Shapeless’ Climate Data Into Powerful Tools of Action

‘Maprooms’ are freely accessible, online analytical and visualization tools to make climate data more usable. Developed at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, they are now being tailored and scaled to support adaptation in African agriculture.

by Amanda Grossi |February 9, 2023
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Digital Innovation Harnesses Power of Real-time Weather Data

A new tool is helping national meteorological services and regional climate centers across Africa harness real-time weather data for decision-making in agriculture.

by Amanda Grossi and Francesco Fiondella |February 6, 2023

Meet the Next Generation of Africa’s Climate Forecasters

New state-of-the-art forecasting systems are enabling regional and national meteorological agencies to generate timely and decision-relevant climate information for their agricultural sectors.

by Amanda Grossi and Francesco Fiondella |February 3, 2023
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As Greenland’s Ice Melts, Glacial Sand Deposits May Offer a Welcome Economic Opportunity

Greenland’s majority Indigenous population is in favor of exploring sand extraction, according to an academic research poll.

by |January 31, 2023

Changing Perspectives: How Bottom-Up Studies Can Improve Water Security

When monitoring melting glaciers, integrating scientific knowledge with local and Indigenous knowledge may improve data collection as well as local adaptation.

by |January 26, 2023