State of the Planet

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  • The Shutdown Is Clearing New York’s Air. Don’t Cheer Too Hard.

    The Shutdown Is Clearing New York’s Air. Don’t Cheer Too Hard.

    Researchers are measuring severe drops in pollutants at the ground level, but warn that the benefits will be short-lived unless we take away some longer-term lessons.

  • Tracking Respiratory Infections in NYC, With or Without Symptoms

    Tracking Respiratory Infections in NYC, With or Without Symptoms

    There’s a lot we don’t know about respiratory viruses and how they spread. A study currently underway seeks to unravel these mysteries, in part by studying people who are healthy enough to be walking around in Manhattan.

  • A Healthy Collaboration

    A Healthy Collaboration

    IRI just renewed an agreement with the World Health Organization to be a collaborative center. Research scientist and center director Madeleine Thomson talks about past successes and future research directions.

  • Climate and Public-Health Communities Train Together

    For the third year in a row, public-health professionals and climate scientists from around the world are visiting Columbia University’s Lamont campus, where the International Research Institute for Climate and Society is based, to learn how to use climate information to make better decisions for health-care planning and disease prevention. They’re taking part in the…

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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

  • The Shutdown Is Clearing New York’s Air. Don’t Cheer Too Hard.

    The Shutdown Is Clearing New York’s Air. Don’t Cheer Too Hard.

    Researchers are measuring severe drops in pollutants at the ground level, but warn that the benefits will be short-lived unless we take away some longer-term lessons.

  • Tracking Respiratory Infections in NYC, With or Without Symptoms

    Tracking Respiratory Infections in NYC, With or Without Symptoms

    There’s a lot we don’t know about respiratory viruses and how they spread. A study currently underway seeks to unravel these mysteries, in part by studying people who are healthy enough to be walking around in Manhattan.

  • A Healthy Collaboration

    A Healthy Collaboration

    IRI just renewed an agreement with the World Health Organization to be a collaborative center. Research scientist and center director Madeleine Thomson talks about past successes and future research directions.

  • Climate and Public-Health Communities Train Together

    For the third year in a row, public-health professionals and climate scientists from around the world are visiting Columbia University’s Lamont campus, where the International Research Institute for Climate and Society is based, to learn how to use climate information to make better decisions for health-care planning and disease prevention. They’re taking part in the…