The summer months are upon us, which generally means the sun is shining across the northern hemisphere. That’s good news for solar panels, which use the sun to provide sustainable energy. The clean energy internship I have had the pleasure of working on this summer has opened my eyes to the potential solar power has and the challenges it faces for wide adoption.
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When most people think of a weather forecast, they usually think of a forecast 1-10 days in advance. While these forecasts are the most familiar, they are only one end of a spectrum. On the other end are forecasts that range up to months in advance. Farmers in the developing world are increasingly using these types of forecasts to make decisions that directly impact their livelihoods.
We are surrounded by numbers throughout our daily lives. Some, you’ll recognize easily. 24: the number of hours in one day. 365: the number of days in one year (except for leap years). $100: roughly the amount of money in my bank account at the moment. But what about 406.95 parts per million (ppm)? If you’re not a climate geek, you’re probably not familiar with it, but you really should be since it’s an incredibly important number for our planet.
It was a fortuitous flyer that brought Aisha Muhammad to C+S.
She was headed to Columbia for a information session at the Business School when a C+S flyer changed the trajectory of her graduate studies. Intrigued, Aisha attend a C+S class and “was hooked and knew it would be a better outlet” for what she wanted to do.
Earlier this month we welcomed the 12th class of Climate and Society students to Columbia University. This year’s class has 40 students from nine different countries and represent a variety of backgrounds from engineering to economics to environmental science
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.
Only a six-hour drive across New York state, Buffalo and New York City have completely different priorities when it comes to sustainability. When it came time to find an internship, I knew I wanted to return home to Buffalo to use my newfound knowledge gleaned from the Climate and Society program to benefit my hometown.
Water is one of the most precious resources we have, yet we all can remember a time when we left the faucet running (perhaps this morning even). In the developing world, increasing demands to develop, growing populations and the threat of climate change could make water less freely available.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “solar?” Sunshine, bright, warm? What places then typically come to mind to fit this description? Florida, Los Angeles, Arizona. But how about New York City?
I live in a city. In a typical day, I wake up in the morning and I take a shower, I eat some toast, I drink some coffee, I grab my phone and head out. A normal city life, I guess. What could possibly be uncommon about it?