State of the Planet

News from the Columbia Climate School

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  • Project Uses Satellites for Rapid Assessment of Flood Response Costs

    Project Uses Satellites for Rapid Assessment of Flood Response Costs

    Overall global losses from natural disasters such as floods, landslides or earthquakes amount to about $300 billion annually. A rapid and early response is key to immediately address the loss of human life, property, infrastructure and business activity.

  • The US Jobs Challenge and Its Future

    The US Jobs Challenge and Its Future

    Collaboration between government and the private sector will be essential to substantially increasing job opportunities. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8% in September 2012 – its lowest level since January 2009.

  • Population, Consumption and the Future

    Population, Consumption and the Future

    As the world population grows toward 10 billion, consumption of water, food and energy is expanding at a rate that cannot be maintained without depleting the planet’s resources. If we fail to address these two issues together, we face a grim future of economic, social and environmental ills, warns a new report prepared by a…

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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

  • Project Uses Satellites for Rapid Assessment of Flood Response Costs

    Project Uses Satellites for Rapid Assessment of Flood Response Costs

    Overall global losses from natural disasters such as floods, landslides or earthquakes amount to about $300 billion annually. A rapid and early response is key to immediately address the loss of human life, property, infrastructure and business activity.

  • The US Jobs Challenge and Its Future

    The US Jobs Challenge and Its Future

    Collaboration between government and the private sector will be essential to substantially increasing job opportunities. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8% in September 2012 – its lowest level since January 2009.

  • Population, Consumption and the Future

    Population, Consumption and the Future

    As the world population grows toward 10 billion, consumption of water, food and energy is expanding at a rate that cannot be maintained without depleting the planet’s resources. If we fail to address these two issues together, we face a grim future of economic, social and environmental ills, warns a new report prepared by a…