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Memorial Day, Patriotism, and the Search for American Political Consensus
Political polarization is a trap that is easy to fall into, but many Americans are looking for a sense of unity and leadership that represents our common values and shared sense of community.
Montreal Protocol Is Delaying First Ice-Free Arctic Summer
New research from Columbia climate scientists shows that the 1987 ozone treaty, designed to protect the ozone layer, has postponed the occurrence of the first ice-free Arctic by as much as 15 years.
New Method Predicts Extreme Weather Events More Accurately
Columbia engineers have developed a machine-learning algorithm that will aid in understanding and mitigating the impact of extreme weather events, which are becoming more frequent in our warming climate.
In the Media
New York City Is Sinking under Its Own Weight
The Carrot or the Stick: Which Inspires Business to Be More Sustainable?
NYC Is Sinking. Turn It Into a Modern Venice, Says Scientist.
Why You Should Buy Everything Used
How We CanRealistically Get to 'Carbon Zero' - Fast
What a lifetime of predicting climate’s impact on food has revealed
Cutting Power Plant Emissions
More Frequent Dust Storms Could Be in Our Future
Two Months After News About Indoor Air Pollution in Gowanus Canal Area, Questions Linger
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1,000-Plus Years of Tree Rings Confirm Historic Extremity of 2021 Western North America Heat Wave
Scientists quickly pronounced the summer 2021 heat wave that hit western North America to be unprecedented, but they had no long-term physical proof. Now they do.
Cutting Confederate Ties, the U.S. Navy Names Ships for a Pioneering Female Oceanographer and a Daring Enslaved Pilot
Marie Tharp was a marine scientist in a man’s world. Robert Smalls was a skilled sailor, but held as a slave. Both are now being honored by the U.S. Navy.
Website Tracks Inflation Reduction Act’s Climate Provisions
IRAtracker.org is a free resource that includes a searchable database of the bill’s climate change-related provisions and actions taken by federal agencies to implement those provisions.
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Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork, 2023 and Beyond
Climate School researchers are carrying out fieldwork on every continent and every ocean. A guide to upcoming projects.
American Geophysical Union 2022: Key Research From the Columbia Climate School
A guide to some of the most provocative and groundbreaking talks at the world’s largest gathering of earth and space scientists.
Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork, 2022 and Beyond
Thumbnail descriptions of field projects on land, at sea and in the air, on every continent and every ocean.
Tools and resources from the Initiative on Communication & Sustainability for scientists, journalists, educators, students, and citizens to communicate in ways that facilitate progress toward a sustainable future.