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Why People Often Don’t Properly Prepare for Hurricanes

by | January 25, 2018

A new study looks at the mental biases that prevent people from taking adequate safety measures when a hurricane is on the way. Over the past few decades, advances in hurricane forecasting, construction codes, and evacuation procedures have helped to save lives and mitigate property damage. Yet economic damage from hurricanes has steadily increased. Researchers […]

Seismic Sensors Record Hurricane Intensity, Study Finds

by | January 8, 2018

Seismic Sensors Record Hurricane Intensity, Study Finds Blog post by Sarah Fecht The earth is a noisy place. Seismometers, which measure ground movements to detect earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and manmade explosives, are constantly recording smaller vibrations caused by ocean waves, rushing rivers, and industrial activity. “We call this ‘ambient seismic noise’ because for people interested […]

From the Times of India: Historically, biggest disasters are ones that are rare, says scientist Adam Sobel

by | January 8, 2018

Historically, biggest disasters are ones that are rare, says scientist Adam Sobel From the Times of India Adam Sobel, director and chief scientist of Columbia University’s Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate, was boarding a plane from New York last Monday when he heard the forecast: Cyclone Ockhi was heading to Mumbai too. Fortunately, the […]

Air Pollution Crisis in India

by | November 13, 2017

In light of the recent publicity surrounding the air pollution crisis in India, Columbia Professor, Dr. Faye McNeill, co-wrote these three articles on the situation: No, You Do Not Become ‘Immune’ To Air Pollution. Yes, It Can Kill You! Tips On How To Pick And Optimise The Use Of Air Sensors, Air Purifiers And Masks […]

2017 Conference on Fire Prediction Across Scales

by | October 30, 2017

From October 23-25, leading scientists, government officials, members of the private sector, and other professionals participated in three days of presentations, lively panel discussions and an evening poster reception on Columbia’s Morningside campus as part of the 2017 Conference on Fire Prediction Across Scales. Organized by Robert Field of NASA GISS, Katia Fernandes of the […]

The Near-term Impacts of Climate Change on Investors

by | October 20, 2017

On May 2, 2017, the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School partnered with the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory to create a space for business leaders and climate scientists to understand how new advances in climate science are influential to investments in certain sectors of the global economy. The conference explored topics addressing […]

Mumbai May Be Vulnerable to Future Hurricanes

by | October 5, 2017

by Marie DeNoia Aronsohn, October 3, 2017 Historically, tropical cyclones (also known as hurricanes) have rarely hit Mumbai, India. But how will future storms impact this coastal city on the Arabian Sea? That’s the focus of a leading-edge study underway by the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory’s Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate. “While several cyclones did […]

Hurricane Harvey

by | August 30, 2017

Many Columbia University scientists and experts have published articles and have been quoted in numerous media reports on Hurricane Harvey and its disastrous impacts in Texas. We have put together a list of some of these articles and reports, and will be updating the list as more appear and we become aware of them. Written: […]

The Near-term Impacts of Climate Change on Investors

by | April 27, 2017 On May 2, 2017, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School will co-host an invite-only conference on “The Near-term Impacts of Climate Change on Investors” in midtown Manhattan Peter de Menocal, director of Lamont-Doherty’s Center for Climate and Life and a co-organizer of the event, said the purpose of the conference […]

Willis Re: Thunderstorms Pose as Much Property Risk as Hurricanes

by | March 23, 2017

London, 20 March 2017 — Risk to U.S. property from thunderstorms is as high as from hurricanes, according to new research published by Willis Re, the reinsurance division of Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW), the global advisory, broking and solutions company. A report compiled with Columbia University, a member of the Willis Research Network (WRN), […]