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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.

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America’s First Offshore Wind Farm is Under Construction. Where Will its Second Be?

by |October 13th, 2016

The northeastern U.S. is a major electricity consumer with ambitious goals to transition to renewable energy. Solar and wind power are growing in the region, but perhaps its strongest renewable resource is a few steps behind.

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How You Can Make a Difference: Trees

by |October 3rd, 2016

Trees in our city are not just there for shade and a place to toss your cigarette butt. There are multiple benefits of urban trees, including improving air quality, decreasing asthma and obesity, reducing stormwater runoff, storing carbon and reducing energy expenditures among countless others.

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It’s Time for Faith Leaders in New York to be Climate-wise to Outwit the Weather

by |October 3rd, 2016

As it marches on, climate change will bring forth higher temperatures, more frequent and severe flooding and a greater level of unpredictability to the climate system. New York may seem resilient to climate change, but the modern Goliath has its weaknesses.

Density Maps of Ocean Eddy Origins (Upper Panel) and Terminations (Lower Panel). Data Source: Mesoscale Eddies in Altimeter Observations of SSH

Creating an Ocean Eddy Map to Understand Global Climate Change from a Statistical Perspective

by |September 28th, 2016

Mesoscale eddies, known as the weather of the ocean, are masses of spinning water. The radical scale of an eddy ranges from 15 miles to more than 150 miles wide, with a lifetime of 10–100 days. Eddies are present almost everywhere in the world ocean, transporting heat, salt- and freshwater, dissolved carbon dioxide, and other tracers all around the globe.

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Climate and Society Information Sessions

by |September 23rd, 2016

The M.A. Program in Climate and Society is a twelve-month interdisciplinary Master of Arts program that trains professionals and academics to understand and cope with the impacts of climate variability and climate change on society and the environment. Learn more about the M.A. in Climate and Society at one of our upcoming information sessions. On Campus Information… read more

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The Private Sector and Climate Action: What are Science-based Targets and Why are They so Important?

by |September 23rd, 2016

The Paris Agreement, signed in December 2015, was widely perceived as a milestone in the fight against global warming. Nearly 160 countries agreed to limit the increase in temperature to 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to stay within 1.5°C. This agreement was without a doubt a big step forward. However, how do we get there?