State of the Planet

News from the Columbia Climate School

genetic diversity

  • Subsurface Discovery Sprouts a New Branch on the Tree of Life

    Subsurface Discovery Sprouts a New Branch on the Tree of Life

    Last week a study published in Nature pulled the veil on a branch of the bacterial tree of life that has evaded detection for nearly a century and a half. The study used cutting edge genome sequencing and savvy bioinformatics techniques to make this remarkable discovery.

  • Save those Acorns for the Apocalypse

    Save those Acorns for the Apocalypse

    As biodiversity takes a hit from climate change, forward thinking groups store seed samples in gene banks. The idea: if an entire species is wiped out, scientists can repopulate from the samples. Hello, plant versions of Adam and Eve.

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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

  • Subsurface Discovery Sprouts a New Branch on the Tree of Life

    Subsurface Discovery Sprouts a New Branch on the Tree of Life

    Last week a study published in Nature pulled the veil on a branch of the bacterial tree of life that has evaded detection for nearly a century and a half. The study used cutting edge genome sequencing and savvy bioinformatics techniques to make this remarkable discovery.

  • Save those Acorns for the Apocalypse

    Save those Acorns for the Apocalypse

    As biodiversity takes a hit from climate change, forward thinking groups store seed samples in gene banks. The idea: if an entire species is wiped out, scientists can repopulate from the samples. Hello, plant versions of Adam and Eve.