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Teaming Up for Coastal Resilience and Climate Justice in NYC

The Resilient Coastal Communities Project will help address the growing risks of storm surge, flash flooding and sea level rise, in an inclusive and holistic manner.

by Paul Gallay, Annel Hernandez, and Eddie Bautista |January 31, 2022
Four data sets reveal somewhat different areas at risk to sea level rise.

Improving Estimates of Population Exposed to Sea Level Rise: Not as Straightforward as It May Seem

Data choices are critical in assessing the risk of sea level rise faced by people living in low elevation coastal zones.

The calving front of Thwaites Glacier.

Crucial Antarctic Glacier Likely to Collapse Much Earlier than Expected

Thwaites Glacier, dubbed Antarctica’s ‘doomsday glacier,’ has been predicted to undergo dramatic changes, with its ice shelf likely to break apart in as little as five years.

by |December 17, 2021
grinnell glacier

New United Nations Report on Climate Change Documents the Grave Condition of the World’s Glaciers

Almost all of the world’s glaciers are in retreat.

by |August 30, 2021

How to Prevent a Flood Disaster: Using Law and Policy to Systematically Reduce Risk

Experts brainstormed legal ways to adapt to sea level rise at Columbia Climate School’s Managed Retreat conference.

by Jack Marcus Weissman |August 20, 2021

Some Past Sea Levels May Not Have Been as High as Thought, Says Study of Rising and Sinking Landmasses

A time similar to our own saw catastrophic sea-level rise. But exactly how catastrophic?

by |August 9, 2021
fire on a hillside

Conference Will Discuss Retreat From Rising Seas and Other Climate Hazards

From June 22 to 25, the Managed Retreat conference will examine the thorny questions around relocating homes and communities away from growing threats.

by |June 3, 2021

Tidal Communities Make Their Case for Shaping Resilient Coastal Futures

A recent conversation focused on three coastlines where Indigenous and Black communities are caught between rising seas and societal and development threats on land.

by |March 29, 2021
Drang Drung Glacier in India

Studies Reveal Global Ice Melt Estimates Have Been Conservative

Ice is melting more rapidly than previously thought, according to two new studies, which examine some of the specific causes.

by |February 17, 2021
melting mountaintop glaciers draining into a stream

The Ice Is Disappearing at Record Speed

We’ve lost 28 trillion tons of ice globally in 24 years, from 1994 to 2017, and the implications for sea level rise could be significant.

by Marco Tedesco |February 1, 2021