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  • Why Hosting an Olympic Competition in Tahiti Is a (Really) Bad Idea

    Why Hosting an Olympic Competition in Tahiti Is a (Really) Bad Idea

    A plan to build a judging tower atop coral may cause irreversible damage to the local marine ecosystem.

  • Genetics Could Protect Coral Reefs from Global Warming

    Genetics Could Protect Coral Reefs from Global Warming

    A Columbia study provides a blueprint for the use of genomics to help combat climate change.

  • Scientists Work to Build Climate Change Resilience in Caribbean Coral Reef

    Scientists Work to Build Climate Change Resilience in Caribbean Coral Reef

    A team from Columbia’s Earth Institute is helping to research and design adaptation strategies to help save the world’s second largest barrier reef.

  • Dying Reefs Bigger Threat to Coasts Than Rising Seas, Study Says

    Dying Reefs Bigger Threat to Coasts Than Rising Seas, Study Says

    If coral reefs continue to degrade, waves on coastlines may substantially increase, leading to greater coastal erosion.

  • Bleach Patrol: Turning Surfers into Scientists to Help Coral Reefs

    Bleach Patrol: Turning Surfers into Scientists to Help Coral Reefs

    With coral bleaching spreading, a new project and app called Bleach Patrol is putting surfers, divers and snorkelers to work as citizen scientists, keeping an eye on the world’s coral reefs.

  • #100. Taking a Fresh Look at Five Issues

    #100. Taking a Fresh Look at Five Issues

    This is the 100th blog I’ve written for the State of the Planet. It seemed like a good occasion to take a look at my five most popular blogs to see what has changed in the years since they were written. Is the news better or worse for seawater greenhouses, plastic pollution, turning wastewater into…

  • Can We Save Coral Reefs?

    Can We Save Coral Reefs?

    We are losing coral reefs at an alarming rate and scientists believe that with business as usual they will likely be gone by the end of the century. However, better local management, coupled with new research on coral reef resilience and adaptability, may help buy some time for these indispensable ecosystems.

  • Corals and Climate Change

    Corals and Climate Change

    Corals are already facing a host of stressors—from pollution and overfishing to tourism and coastal development—but climate change puts corals at risk from rising temperatures and ocean acidification. The decline of coral reefs will have devastating consequences for the ocean, and for us.

  • Chemical silence

    Chemical silence

    What if you couldn’t smell smoke? Or detect flirty signs from a bloke? Imagine the cost Of faculties lost, Of signals that deafness would cloak …

Columbia campus skyline with text Columbia Climate School Class Day 2024 - Congratulations Graduates

Congratulations to our Columbia Climate School MA in Climate & Society Class of 2024! Learn about our May 10 Class Day celebration. #ColumbiaClimate2024

  • Why Hosting an Olympic Competition in Tahiti Is a (Really) Bad Idea

    Why Hosting an Olympic Competition in Tahiti Is a (Really) Bad Idea

    A plan to build a judging tower atop coral may cause irreversible damage to the local marine ecosystem.

  • Genetics Could Protect Coral Reefs from Global Warming

    Genetics Could Protect Coral Reefs from Global Warming

    A Columbia study provides a blueprint for the use of genomics to help combat climate change.

  • Scientists Work to Build Climate Change Resilience in Caribbean Coral Reef

    Scientists Work to Build Climate Change Resilience in Caribbean Coral Reef

    A team from Columbia’s Earth Institute is helping to research and design adaptation strategies to help save the world’s second largest barrier reef.

  • Dying Reefs Bigger Threat to Coasts Than Rising Seas, Study Says

    Dying Reefs Bigger Threat to Coasts Than Rising Seas, Study Says

    If coral reefs continue to degrade, waves on coastlines may substantially increase, leading to greater coastal erosion.

  • Bleach Patrol: Turning Surfers into Scientists to Help Coral Reefs

    Bleach Patrol: Turning Surfers into Scientists to Help Coral Reefs

    With coral bleaching spreading, a new project and app called Bleach Patrol is putting surfers, divers and snorkelers to work as citizen scientists, keeping an eye on the world’s coral reefs.

  • #100. Taking a Fresh Look at Five Issues

    #100. Taking a Fresh Look at Five Issues

    This is the 100th blog I’ve written for the State of the Planet. It seemed like a good occasion to take a look at my five most popular blogs to see what has changed in the years since they were written. Is the news better or worse for seawater greenhouses, plastic pollution, turning wastewater into…

  • Can We Save Coral Reefs?

    Can We Save Coral Reefs?

    We are losing coral reefs at an alarming rate and scientists believe that with business as usual they will likely be gone by the end of the century. However, better local management, coupled with new research on coral reef resilience and adaptability, may help buy some time for these indispensable ecosystems.

  • Corals and Climate Change

    Corals and Climate Change

    Corals are already facing a host of stressors—from pollution and overfishing to tourism and coastal development—but climate change puts corals at risk from rising temperatures and ocean acidification. The decline of coral reefs will have devastating consequences for the ocean, and for us.

  • Chemical silence

    Chemical silence

    What if you couldn’t smell smoke? Or detect flirty signs from a bloke? Imagine the cost Of faculties lost, Of signals that deafness would cloak …