climate adaptation Archives - State of the Planet

map shows distribution of green roofs across NYC's five boroughs, mostly in Manhattan and Brooklyn

New Study Provides First Look at Green Roof Distribution Across NYC

The data reveal that only a tiny fraction of buildings have green roofs, and most are in wealthy areas.

by |November 1, 2022
solar panels damaged from typhoon

The Energy Transition Needs to Be Climate-Proofed

Increasingly extreme weather has the potential to derail renewable energy projects — but there are a few things we can do to keep moving forward.

by Corey Lesk and Kai Kornhuber |September 7, 2022

How Can the World Adapt to a Changing Climate?

In her new book, Columbia Climate School Lecturer Lisa Dale provides key strategies at local and global scales.

by Eve Glasberg |July 21, 2022
manishka de mel and cynthia rosenzweig post with their book

Manishka De Mel: Helping People and Ecosystems Adapt to Climate Change

At the Center for Climate Systems Research, she translates information about climate risks to support resilience-building in developing countries.

by |June 24, 2022

When National Policy Stalled, This Community Took Climate Action Into Its Own Hands

Scientists, policymakers, and Indigenous tribes in Whatcom County, Washington, are working to address climate change within their communities and across the state.

by |May 19, 2022
Cynthia Rosenzweig

2022 World Food Prize Awarded to Columbia Climate Scientist Cynthia Rosenzweig

The award recognizes her pioneering work in modeling the impact of climate change on food production worldwide.

by |May 5, 2022
ACToday’s Ethiopia country lead, Tufa Dinku (middle) stands with officials from the country’s National Meteorological Agency and other agencies during the launch of Ethiopia’s national framework for climate services

ACToday Empowers National Meteorological Services

As part of its goal to increase food security in six countries, the ACToday project has helped develop new climate services that lead to better agricultural decision making.

by |April 20, 2022
mangrove forests near mesoamerican barrier reef

Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability: What’s New in the Latest IPCC Release

An interview with Ben Orlove, lead author on the report’s chapter on decision-making around climate adaptation.

by |February 28, 2022
Nooksack River in Washington State

Atmospheric Rivers Spur Debates on Flood Management in Washington State

After receiving unprecedented amounts of rainfall late last year, communities in northwestern Washington are asking questions about how to prevent flood damage in a warmer and wetter climate.

by |January 31, 2022
A person in a red coat stands in front of ice two times his height. The ice is covered with a white blanket.

Glacier Blankets in Switzerland Highlight Global Disparities in Fighting Climate Change

Although geotextiles have helped to slow glacier melt in Switzerland, they are a climate change adaptation that’s not affordable or feasible in many developing countries.

by |January 5, 2022