State of the Planet

News from the Columbia Climate School

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  • Alumni Spotlight: Donald Wissell Fuses Finance and Sustainability

    Alumni Spotlight: Donald Wissell Fuses Finance and Sustainability

    According to Wissell, sustainability and finance require the same skills, including innovative thinking, problem solving, and public education. 

  • Project Aims to Map World’s Oceans by 2030

    Project Aims to Map World’s Oceans by 2030

    More than 85 percent of the ocean floor remains unmapped, leaving us in the dark about much of the earth’s topography. A global, non-profit effort will try to remedy that, and influence everything from climate research and weather prediction to mineral resource exploration and fisheries.

  • Tracking the Undoing of Climate-Change Measures

    Tracking the Undoing of Climate-Change Measures

    The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law is launching a new tool to identify and explain the efforts taken by the incoming administration to scale back or wholly eliminate federal climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.

  • Lamont to Develop New Earthquake and Tsunami Warning System

    Lamont to Develop New Earthquake and Tsunami Warning System

    A new pilot program led by the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory aims to provide earlier and more accurate warnings of damaging ground-shaking from earthquakes and the imminent arrival of tsunamis.

  • Students Advise County on Permeable Pavement

    Students Advise County on Permeable Pavement

    The biggest barrier to installation or permeable pavement is funding. But the positive outcomes include reduced flooding, less stormwater runoff, and recharging of aquifers.

  • CIESIN Teams with Facebook to Develop Open, Improved Settlement Data

    CIESIN Teams with Facebook to Develop Open, Improved Settlement Data

    New high-resolution population data will help us understand better how people are distributed in many countries throughout the world—as part of Facebook’s goal to connect people everywhere to the Internet.

  • New York Lets a Thousand Bioswales Bloom

    New York Lets a Thousand Bioswales Bloom

    In an effort to curb sewage overflows, New York City has turned to green infrastructure: right-of-way bioswales, green roofs and rain gardens, among other practices. These measures help decrease stormwater runoff by increasing pervious areas and introducing water-loving plants that can absorb some of the water and encourage evaporation.

  • Cities: the Vanguard Against Climate Change

    Cities: the Vanguard Against Climate Change

    Cities are leading the fight against climate change. Here’s what some of the most forward-looking ones are doing.

  • How to Prep a City for Climate Change

    How to Prep a City for Climate Change

    Cities around the world already have begun responding to climate change, and a new report from the Earth Institute provides a deep analysis about the risks they face and a detailed look at what some cities are doing about it.

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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

  • Alumni Spotlight: Donald Wissell Fuses Finance and Sustainability

    Alumni Spotlight: Donald Wissell Fuses Finance and Sustainability

    According to Wissell, sustainability and finance require the same skills, including innovative thinking, problem solving, and public education. 

  • Project Aims to Map World’s Oceans by 2030

    Project Aims to Map World’s Oceans by 2030

    More than 85 percent of the ocean floor remains unmapped, leaving us in the dark about much of the earth’s topography. A global, non-profit effort will try to remedy that, and influence everything from climate research and weather prediction to mineral resource exploration and fisheries.

  • Tracking the Undoing of Climate-Change Measures

    Tracking the Undoing of Climate-Change Measures

    The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law is launching a new tool to identify and explain the efforts taken by the incoming administration to scale back or wholly eliminate federal climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.

  • Lamont to Develop New Earthquake and Tsunami Warning System

    Lamont to Develop New Earthquake and Tsunami Warning System

    A new pilot program led by the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory aims to provide earlier and more accurate warnings of damaging ground-shaking from earthquakes and the imminent arrival of tsunamis.

  • Students Advise County on Permeable Pavement

    Students Advise County on Permeable Pavement

    The biggest barrier to installation or permeable pavement is funding. But the positive outcomes include reduced flooding, less stormwater runoff, and recharging of aquifers.

  • CIESIN Teams with Facebook to Develop Open, Improved Settlement Data

    CIESIN Teams with Facebook to Develop Open, Improved Settlement Data

    New high-resolution population data will help us understand better how people are distributed in many countries throughout the world—as part of Facebook’s goal to connect people everywhere to the Internet.

  • New York Lets a Thousand Bioswales Bloom

    New York Lets a Thousand Bioswales Bloom

    In an effort to curb sewage overflows, New York City has turned to green infrastructure: right-of-way bioswales, green roofs and rain gardens, among other practices. These measures help decrease stormwater runoff by increasing pervious areas and introducing water-loving plants that can absorb some of the water and encourage evaporation.

  • Cities: the Vanguard Against Climate Change

    Cities: the Vanguard Against Climate Change

    Cities are leading the fight against climate change. Here’s what some of the most forward-looking ones are doing.

  • How to Prep a City for Climate Change

    How to Prep a City for Climate Change

    Cities around the world already have begun responding to climate change, and a new report from the Earth Institute provides a deep analysis about the risks they face and a detailed look at what some cities are doing about it.