The Columbia Climate School's mission is to develop and inspire knowledge-based solutions and educate future leaders for just and prosperous societies on a healthy planet.

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A New 66 Million-Year History of Carbon Dioxide Offers Little Comfort for Today
December 7, 2023

Scientists have produced a new curve of how atmospheric carbon dioxide affects climate. It makes clear that its effects can be long lasting.

Why the Success of COP28 Depends on Climate Finance
November 30, 2023

Experts say we have the tools to solve the climate crisis. Why aren’t we using them?

Climate School Announces Two New Appointments
November 30, 2023

Meet Melissa Lott and Catherine McKenna, two new members of the Columbia Climate School

COP28 UAE brings the world together at a critical moment for global transformative climate action. Heads of state, business and academic leaders, and members of civil society are gathering in Dubai from November 30 to December 12 to tackle climate change, limit emissions, and halt global warming to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. Once again, we are hosting and participating in events in both Dubai and New York, and sharing stories that include a variety of perspectives from our global thought leaders, students, and experts. Learn More


Columbia University is a global leader in climate and sustainability education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Education programs at the Columbia Climate School provide the interdisciplinary knowledge base for future climate leaders to work with businesses, communities, governments, and civil society to address the climate crisis.


Columbia Climate School nurtures and supports innovative research in the science, consequences, and human dimensions of climate change, including the methods of achieving a more sustainable and just world.

Research Centers and Programs

The Columbia Climate School encompasses the Earth Institute, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and more than 20 other centers and programs, supporting a continuum of research, from basic discovery to societal solutions.

Office of Research

Our Office of Research nurtures our community of established and future environmental leaders through proposal development, programmatic engagement, and compliance support.


The Columbia Climate School translates its academic work into evidence-based analysis and advice to inform decision- and policy-makers in communities, governments, industries, and nonprofits in the US and globally.

How Can Communities and Developers Work to Mitigate the Impacts of Big Projects?
October 3, 2023

A new guide aims to helps developers and communities negotiate agreements that will minimize the impacts of large projects on local people and land.

How Do We Dismantle Offshore Oil Structures Without Making the Public Pay?
September 6, 2023

If offshore oil installations are rapidly dismantled as a result of the transition to clean energy, the public, not companies, could end up paying. How to avoid this?

New Report Highlights the Complex Intersection of Antitrust Law and Sustainability Goals
August 7, 2023

The purpose of this new report is to provoke and support engagement among policymakers, private firms, and the wider public about the ways that competition policy can support sustainable development.

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