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Five Things the Energy Transition Can’t Do Without

Achieving the energy transition will take money, minerals, land, water, and skilled labor. Will we have enough of each?

by |December 7, 2022

A Study Offers New Insights Into the Record 2021 Western North America Heat Wave

Several weeks during summer 2021 saw heat records in the western United States and Canada broken not just by increments, but by tens of degrees, an event of unprecedented extremity. To what degree was it climate change, bad luck, or a combination?

by |November 24, 2022

Iron-Rich Dust From South America Played Role in Last Two Glacial Periods, Says Study

Dust from the land that gets blown into the ocean appears to influence natural climate swings. A new study looks into where much of that dust came from in the past 260,000 years.

by |November 22, 2022
COP27

What Did COP27 Accomplish?

Delegates from Columbia Climate School discuss the achievements and shortfalls of COP27, as well as what took place outside the negotiation room.

by Emily Halnon |November 22, 2022

Building Green Energy Facilities May Produce Substantial Carbon Emissions, Says Study

Moving from fossil fuels to solar panels, wind turbines and other renewable energy sources will by itself create a new stream of carbon emissions with the construction so much new infrastructure. The good news: Speeding the transition would greatly reduce this effect.

by |November 21, 2022

What Is COP27?

In a recent event, John Furlow, director of Columbia Climate School’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society, provided a brief overview of this year’s global climate change conference in Egypt.

by |November 9, 2022

With Climate Impacts Growing, Insurance Companies Face Big Challenges

As natural disasters become more frequent and more costly, the struggling insurance market could affect the entire economy. To weather the storms ahead, insurers will need to make some changes.

by |November 3, 2022

She Led Scientists Advising New York on Climate Change. Did the City Listen?

Cynthia Rosenzweig co-chaired the New York City Panel on Climate Change, an expert body advising the mayor, from its inception four years before Hurricane Sandy, and well after. Here, she assesses what was learned, and done, before and after.

by |October 29, 2022

Some of the Most Drastic Risks From Climate Change Are Routinely Excluded From Economic Models, Says Study

Economic models are missing huge future risks from climate change, in part because no one knows how to quantify them, says a new study.

by |October 27, 2022

Aging Populations, Low Economic Development May Amplify Future Air Pollution Health Impacts

Even if pollution goes down and climate change is slowed, deaths from air pollution in some regions may still rise.

by |October 24, 2022