State of the Planet

News from the Columbia Climate School

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  • What Helps Animals Adapt (or Not) to Climate Change?

    What Helps Animals Adapt (or Not) to Climate Change?

    As our climate changes, some animals seem to be able to adapt while others cannot. What makes adaptation possible? Can humans help it along?

  • Hatchets, Ratchets & Pivots: Book Talk by Ruth DeFries

    Hatchets, Ratchets & Pivots: Book Talk by Ruth DeFries

    As Professor Ruth DeFries aptly stated in her opening remarks at yesterday’s book launch for “The Big Ratchet,” if you look at satellite pictures of the earth, you see the imprint of the human species everywhere. Humans have come to dominate the planet. But how did this come to be? This question, among others, is…

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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

  • What Helps Animals Adapt (or Not) to Climate Change?

    What Helps Animals Adapt (or Not) to Climate Change?

    As our climate changes, some animals seem to be able to adapt while others cannot. What makes adaptation possible? Can humans help it along?

  • Hatchets, Ratchets & Pivots: Book Talk by Ruth DeFries

    Hatchets, Ratchets & Pivots: Book Talk by Ruth DeFries

    As Professor Ruth DeFries aptly stated in her opening remarks at yesterday’s book launch for “The Big Ratchet,” if you look at satellite pictures of the earth, you see the imprint of the human species everywhere. Humans have come to dominate the planet. But how did this come to be? This question, among others, is…