By Brian Kahn, Communications Coordinator, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society Predicting malaria outbreaks before they occur or improving crop yield forecasts from space might sound like science fiction, but they’re projects going on at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI). This spring, C+S students Caitlin Reid and Sunny Ng… read more
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In cities like New York, it’s not uncommon to see vandalism on subways, buildings and streets. However, remote data buoys in the tropics are the last place you would expect to find vandals. Graffiti isn’t the problem, though. C+S faculty member and the International Research Institute from Climate and Society’s Chief forecaster Tony Barnston explains… read more
By Brian Kahn, Communications Coordinator, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society Otis Redding wraps his acclaimed 1965 album Otis Blue with “You Don’t Miss Your Water.” The refrain “you don’t miss your water ’til your well runs dry” was originally written by William Bell and inspired by his feelings of homesickness for his native… read more
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently designated 2012 as the warmest year on record (1895-2012) for the contiguous United States. In this video interview, C+S faculty member and chief forecaster at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Tony Barnston explains what climate factors came into play to create this record high year.
By Elisabeth Gawthrop, Climate and Society ’13 Three of North America’s major rivers run through the Midwestern U.S. In the spring of 2011, major flooding in region caused an estimated $3 billion in damages and killed seven people. Although scientists cannot predict exact precipitation amounts for a given season, they can attempt to predict the odds that… read more
By Aditi Thapar, Climate and Society ’13 On October 11, the Earth Institute hosted the State of the Planet Conference with speakers from Columbia, the United Nations, and humanitarian communities. The conference focused on sustainable development, and a big piece of that was the topic of climate variability and change. To get to the heart… read more
Climate and Society Co-Director Ben Orlove authored an op-ed for CNN this morning about why people don’t take the risk of climate change as serious as the risk posed by storms. Hurricane Sandy, which will make landfall as one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the Northeast this evening in the New York… read more
Want to know more about the M.A. Program in Climate and Society? Talk to a program director, learn about the curriculum, find out more about the summer internship, ask questions about the admissions process and more at one of our upcoming fall Information Sessions. Information Sessions will be held on Monday, October 15 at 7:00pm and Thursday,… read more
This week we welcomed the ninth Climate and Society class to Columbia University and New York City. There are 43 students from 14 different countries and a variety of different backgrounds, from fashion to law to environmental sciences. Just who are they? Don’t be shy, come meet them!
The Climate and Society class of 2012 returned to the classroom for one last week of coursework after completing their summer internships. Their summer semester began in May with a week of classes focusing on professional development and how to best use the skills they acquired during the past year in their professional lives. When… read more