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Memorial Day, Patriotism, and the Search for American Political Consensus
May 30, 2023

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
May 25, 2023

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
May 25, 2023

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.

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1,000-Plus Years of Tree Rings Confirm Historic Extremity of 2021 Western North America Heat Wave
March 27, 2023

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
March 16, 2023

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
March 8, 2023

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
May 9, 2023

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
November 29, 2022

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
May 11, 2022

Thumbnail descriptions of field projects on land, at sea and in the air, on every continent and every ocean.

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