Climate Matters

Alaska: Hotspot for Oil and Climate Change

November 12, 2015

In September, Shell Oil abandoned its offshore oil drilling projects in the Alaskan Arctic. Why is Arctic drilling so controversial and what impacts will Shell's announcement have?

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The Paris Climate Change Conference – What You Need to Know

November 11, 2015

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, meeting in Paris from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, brings together world leaders to craft a new international agreement to keep the average global temperature rise below 2°C by 2100. Here's what you need to know about it.

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Antarctica’s Wildlife in a Changing Climate

October 26, 2015

We hear a lot about polar bears and other Arctic mammals in connection to climate change, but what about biodiversity in Antarctica?

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The Presidential Candidates on Climate Change

October 26, 2015 | 7 Comments

The presidential election of 2016 will determine the United States’ role in confronting the global challenge of climate change, and preparing our nation to manage its impacts for years to come. Where do the presidential candidates stand today on these issues?

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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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