Climate Matters

Can We Save Coral Reefs?

August 17, 2015

We are losing coral reefs at an alarming rate and scientists believe that with business as usual they will likely be gone by the end of the century. However, better local management, coupled with new research on coral reef resilience and adaptability, may help buy some time for these indispensable ecosystems.

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Corals and Climate Change

August 4, 2015 | 1 Comment

Corals are already facing a host of stressors—from pollution and overfishing to tourism and coastal development—but climate change puts corals at risk from rising temperatures and ocean acidification. The decline of coral reefs will have devastating consequences for the ocean, and for us.

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Antarctica’s Retreating Ice

June 30, 2015

While the ice sheets on West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula are usually the ones to make the news in relation to climate change, recent studies have documented transformations that are taking place on the East Antarctic Ice Sheet as well. On the continent as a whole, large areas of ice have already melted and this trend shows no sign of slowing, meaning the implications for global sea level rise in this century could be more dramatic than earlier projections anticipated.

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Mt. Everest Not Safe from Climate Change

June 12, 2015 | 1 Comment

Climate change has many asking if the days of being able to summit the world’s highest peak are numbered.

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Scientists Speak Out on Climate: Is Anyone Listening?

April 9, 2014

In 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

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

As 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

This 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

Due 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 | 1 Comment

Since 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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