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Clearing the Air: Decarbonization Technologies Take a Giant Step Forward

Research from Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is being used to pull CO2 out of the air.

by |January 6, 2022
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To Solve Climate Change, We Need More Than Incremental Changes

The free market favors short-term profits and small-scale solutions. Funding the systemic changes that are needed will require more government backing and a change to our incentive structure.

by JAMES A.G. KAHN |December 15, 2021

Oceans Could Be Harnessed to Remove Carbon From Air, Say U.S. Science Leaders

Seaweed cultivation, altering the chemistry of seawater, or even injecting electrical currents should be studied, say the authors.

by |December 9, 2021

International Team to Drill Deep Through Antarctic Ice Into Ancient Sediments

The research project, dubbed SWAIS 2C, will investigate the sensitivity of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to global warming of 2 degrees Centigrade.

by |November 20, 2021

Statistics Breakthrough May Help Scientists Calculate Likelihood of Worst-Case Scenarios

What unlikely event is most likely to end life on Earth? A new method might help scientists approach questions like this.

by |November 18, 2021
Columbia Engineering professor Daniel Esposito and colleague at microscope

Columbia Launches a Carbontech Initiative to Bring Climate Solutions to Market

The program will help researchers and entrepreneurs develop and scale carbon-cutting technologies.

by |November 17, 2021

Researchers Map Impacts of Human Sewage Along the World’s Coasts

Newly granular details may help cities plan strategies to deal with wastewater.

by |November 15, 2021
A Tesla charging station in New York City.

Charging Forward: An Open Letter To The Next Mayor of New York City

In order to expand the use of electric vehicles, Mayor Eric Adams must democratize access to charging stations.

by Jeffrey Prosserman |November 5, 2021

Pod of the Planet Episode 17: Mapping Out a Vaccination Strategy in Nigeria

In this episode, we talk to two experts from the GRID3 program, which is providing geospatial data to support Nigeria’s COVID-19 vaccination planning.

by |November 3, 2021

In New Project, Millions of Farmers Will Help to Improve Insurance Against Climate Disasters

Until now, most index insurance did not have the capacity to tap the wisdom of crowds of farmers themselves.

by Kristen French |October 27, 2021