Climate Matters

Scientists Speak Out on Climate: Is Anyone Listening?

April 9, 2014

Photo niOSIn the light of recent varied efforts to focus public attention on the risks of climate change, we asked Earth Institute scientists what they want the public to understand about the issue and how they see their roles.

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FutureCoast: A Voicemail Vision of Climate-to-Be

March 31, 2014 | 2 Comments

The future is up to you! Participate now at FutureCoast.org.Melting glaciers, collapsing sea ice, water supplies under stress, increases in storm frequency, impacts on food supply -- are we reading a synopsis of the IPCC report or messages from the future delivered through a software glitch? People around the world are posing this question.

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Diminishing Ice Intensifies Spotlight on Arctic

March 10, 2014

Alpine Oil Field, AlaskaAs the arctic region loses ice in a changing climate, the economic and social tradeoffs are unclear. How will we balance economic, social and environmental functions? The Center on Global Energy Policy and the Consulate General of Canada in New York will examine these questions in a discussion on March 26: “Understanding the Arctic Resource Challenge: Canada and U.S. Perspectives.”

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Explore the Arctic Ocean With ‘IceTracker’

December 11, 2013

pfirman icetrackerThis week, we are launching a test of “IceTracker”—a tool that allows users to see the trajectories of Arctic sea ice forward or backward from any day between 1981 and 2012, as well as sea-ice speed, air temperature, water depth and the age of the sea ice.

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Obama’s Climate Legacy Depends on EPA’s Gina McCarthy

August 8, 2013

Photo: Environmental Protection Agency, United States GovernmentDue to Congressional gridlock over greenhouse gas regulations, Obama will need the help of new EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to pass crucial carbon emission standards.

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Managing Water in a Dry Land

June 17, 2013

The Puclaro Reservoir is at around 10% of it's peak in 2009, indicated by lines on the mountain in the background. The dam is in the distance. Without the reservoir, farmers, mines and other water users have lost one of their key buffers against drought. Francesco FiondellaSince 2010, the Earth Institute’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society along with UNESCO and their colleagues in Chile have been working with Elqui’s water authority to help them use seasonal forecasts as way to better allocate water and prepare for droughts.

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Farmers in Senegal Use Forecasts to Combat Climate Risks

May 21, 2013

Participants in the December 2012 Scaling Up Climate Services for Farmers in Africa and South Asia workshop in Senegal visit farmers in Kaffrine that received climate forecasts for the first time in 2011. Photo by Alexa Jay, CCAFSRecent trainings in Senegal have improved trust between farmers and researchers, leading to increased use of climate forecasts and other information.

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Measuring the Effect of China’s Arctic Interests

May 15, 2013

Arctic SunsetOf non-Arctic states, China has shown the most interest in the Arctic as climate change opens up the region to new economic development. The ways in which China attempts to balance its economic interests and environmental responsibilities within its energy policy may provide a predictor of its future behavior in the Arctic.

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The Sahel Is Getting Wetter, But Will It Last?

May 9, 2013

7863846774_f0270937d9New research gives a unifying explanation of the Sahel's past, present and future climate patterns.

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A Healthy Collaboration

April 25, 2013

5787862792_5547ba5cd7_bIRI just renewed an agreement with the World Health Organization to be a collaborative center. Research scientist and center director Madeleine Thomson talks about past successes and future research directions.

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