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  • A Key U.S. Earth-Sciences Official Visits Columbia to Explore Research Ideas

    A Key U.S. Earth-Sciences Official Visits Columbia to Explore Research Ideas

    Oceanographer Richard Spinrad of NOAA participated in a town hall and discussed funding opportunities with Columbia Climate School researchers.

  • Rebuilding America’s Environmental Agencies and Environmental Consensus

    Rebuilding America’s Environmental Agencies and Environmental Consensus

    If we can wed the genius of free enterprise to the goal of a less polluted planet, we might find a pathway back to an American environmental consensus.

  • How Will the Ocean Carbon Cycle Evolve in the Future? New Project Aims to Find Out

    How Will the Ocean Carbon Cycle Evolve in the Future? New Project Aims to Find Out

    A new effort to analyze the ocean’s ability to take up CO2 will be important for predicting the effectiveness of climate change mitigation efforts.

  • New Project Will Analyze Clouds to Make Future Climate Less Nebulous

    New Project Will Analyze Clouds to Make Future Climate Less Nebulous

    Understanding how clouds respond to climate change will be essential for predicting how much hotter the planet could get.

  • 2016 Sets Another Record for Warmth

    2016 Sets Another Record for Warmth

    The news doesn’t come as a surprise to scientists and others who’ve been watching, but marks a milestone nonetheless: 2016 was the warmest year on record, dating back to the start of modern record keeping in 1880.

  • In 2015: Hot, Wet and Opinionated

    In 2015: Hot, Wet and Opinionated

    This year is shaping up to be the warmest year on record since 1880, according to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And, perhaps not so coincidentally, a new poll says more people in the United States are coming around to the view that climate change is happening.

  • Behind the Expected Quiet 2015 Hurricane Season

    Behind the Expected Quiet 2015 Hurricane Season

    On May 27, 2015, NOAA officially announced a likely below-normal Atlantic Hurricane season is coming up. The range for the possible numbers of major hurricanes is 0-2. What are the reasons behind it? How precise are these numbers?

  • Project Aims to Strengthen Climate Resilience

    Project Aims to Strengthen Climate Resilience

    The Caribbean, Asia’s Indo-Gangetic Plain and West Africa are three regions known to be extremely vulnerable to climate variability and change, particularly to droughts, extreme weather events and stresses on food production, water resources and coastal areas. A new five-year project jointly led by the International Research Institute for Climate and Society and the University…

  • 2013 Ranks in Top 10 Warmest Years

    2013 Ranks in Top 10 Warmest Years

    Last year was one of the warmest on record, according to analyses of global temperature data by NASA and NOAA. Both federal agencies placed 2013 among the top 10 warmest years since records began in 1880, continuing a longer-term trend of global warming.

Columbia campus skyline with text Columbia Climate School Class Day 2024 - Congratulations Graduates

Congratulations to our Columbia Climate School MA in Climate & Society Class of 2024! Learn about our May 10 Class Day celebration. #ColumbiaClimate2024

  • A Key U.S. Earth-Sciences Official Visits Columbia to Explore Research Ideas

    A Key U.S. Earth-Sciences Official Visits Columbia to Explore Research Ideas

    Oceanographer Richard Spinrad of NOAA participated in a town hall and discussed funding opportunities with Columbia Climate School researchers.

  • Rebuilding America’s Environmental Agencies and Environmental Consensus

    Rebuilding America’s Environmental Agencies and Environmental Consensus

    If we can wed the genius of free enterprise to the goal of a less polluted planet, we might find a pathway back to an American environmental consensus.

  • How Will the Ocean Carbon Cycle Evolve in the Future? New Project Aims to Find Out

    How Will the Ocean Carbon Cycle Evolve in the Future? New Project Aims to Find Out

    A new effort to analyze the ocean’s ability to take up CO2 will be important for predicting the effectiveness of climate change mitigation efforts.

  • New Project Will Analyze Clouds to Make Future Climate Less Nebulous

    New Project Will Analyze Clouds to Make Future Climate Less Nebulous

    Understanding how clouds respond to climate change will be essential for predicting how much hotter the planet could get.

  • 2016 Sets Another Record for Warmth

    2016 Sets Another Record for Warmth

    The news doesn’t come as a surprise to scientists and others who’ve been watching, but marks a milestone nonetheless: 2016 was the warmest year on record, dating back to the start of modern record keeping in 1880.

  • In 2015: Hot, Wet and Opinionated

    In 2015: Hot, Wet and Opinionated

    This year is shaping up to be the warmest year on record since 1880, according to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And, perhaps not so coincidentally, a new poll says more people in the United States are coming around to the view that climate change is happening.

  • Behind the Expected Quiet 2015 Hurricane Season

    Behind the Expected Quiet 2015 Hurricane Season

    On May 27, 2015, NOAA officially announced a likely below-normal Atlantic Hurricane season is coming up. The range for the possible numbers of major hurricanes is 0-2. What are the reasons behind it? How precise are these numbers?

  • Project Aims to Strengthen Climate Resilience

    Project Aims to Strengthen Climate Resilience

    The Caribbean, Asia’s Indo-Gangetic Plain and West Africa are three regions known to be extremely vulnerable to climate variability and change, particularly to droughts, extreme weather events and stresses on food production, water resources and coastal areas. A new five-year project jointly led by the International Research Institute for Climate and Society and the University…

  • 2013 Ranks in Top 10 Warmest Years

    2013 Ranks in Top 10 Warmest Years

    Last year was one of the warmest on record, according to analyses of global temperature data by NASA and NOAA. Both federal agencies placed 2013 among the top 10 warmest years since records began in 1880, continuing a longer-term trend of global warming.