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Cropland in one of the valleys of Bhutan. Credit: Manishka De Mel, Center for Climate Systems Research

ADVANCE: Collaborating to Create Climate Projections

by |December 1st, 2016

This summer, I have been working at the Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR) on the Adaptation for Development and Conservation (ADVANCE) Partnership—a joint program of CCSR at Columbia University and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The ADVANCE approach is a method of co-generating climate change information through working with stakeholders and decision-makers from a wide range of backgrounds.

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Mobilizing Suppliers to Achieve a Low Carbon, Climate Resilient World

by |November 1st, 2016

Climate change is real and so are its impacts. That’s why 195 nations from around the world came together last December to sign the Paris Agreement. This marks the first global agreement aimed at keeping the global average temperature increase below 2°C.

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Technology Improves Female Farmers’ Agricultural Productivity

by |November 1st, 2016

Seeing is believing, literally. Videos can help provide female farmers improve agriculture gains in low income countries.

Source: Pew Research Center

Can Social Media be a New Platform for Emergency Communication During Natural Disaster Events?

by |November 1st, 2016

Social media is starting to serve as a new platform for both authorities and citizens to communicate during natural disasters. But there are also open questions with this new form of social media use. What is this communication like? Where are its weak points? And can it become more reliable and standardized?

Source: Yale Climate Opinion Maps

Mapping and Demystifying Carbon Capture and Storage

by |November 1st, 2016

Geoengineering is a term that climate aficionados and anyone with an opinion on environmental issues tends to perceive with apprehension and mistrust due to the ambiguous, potentially dangerous side effects of manipulating natural processes of the environment.

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Featured Faculty: Andrew Kruczkiewicz

by |October 31st, 2016

Students should take away the basics of climate change and understand how climate impacts decision-making in their sector of interest. Enhancing their knowledge of the physical science is a must as well as understanding the importance of social science in the context of climate risk management.

Source: International Center for Tropical Agriculture

The Climate-Smart Village in Northern Vietnam is a Triple Win Solution

by |October 18th, 2016

Vietnam is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change in the entire world. From sea level rise to saltwater intrusion to flooding to drought, the impacts are numerous and will likely be severe.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Chinese president Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, and U.S. president Barack Obama at a special Paris Agreement ceremony. Credit: U.N. Photo

The Triumph of COP 21

by |October 18th, 2016

With the European Union’s ratification of the Paris Agreement on October 5, the document reflecting worldwide effort on climate change will be legally binding next month.

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Featured C+Ser: Timothy Bushman

by |October 13th, 2016

C+Sers come from a range of academic backgrounds, but Tim Bushman has a particularly unique one. He studied kinesiology and clinical exercise physiology at the University of Wisconsin.

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This is Why GIS Spatial Analysis is Special

by |October 13th, 2016

Have you ever used GIS to analyze data? GIS — short for Geographic Information System — is a mapping tool that be used to turn datasets into useful information.