Events

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
Presented by: J. Nicolas Hernandez-Aguilera - Diego Pons Ganddini Coffee is one of the most important cash crops in the world as it represents the primary income source for at least 60 million people who depend on this product for food and livelihood. However, the two major challenges to guarantee the coffee industry sustainability are i) low profitability, and ii) increasing climate variability and change. The recent decline in coffee prices has progressively thrown smallholder producers below poverty lines. Thousands of smallholders in different countries have been forced to switch to alternative legal and illegal crops (when possible) or to migrate, looking for better opportunities. Indeed, after a detailed estimation of costs of production at the farm level, we determined that smallholders barely cover their variable costs and consequently are not economically viable. The persistent low prices and unbalanced market conditions impact even more as coffee producers are struggling with higher climate variability and change. Extreme scenarios based on probabilistic models suggest reductions of up to 80% of land suitable for coffee in the mid-long term. However, the global scale and uncertainty associated with those scenarios limit the chances of adopting specific strategies at the smallholders’ farm level. There is an evident lack of understandable and timely climate information that facilitate smallholder's decisions today. Moreover, climate and economic analysis are usually disarticulated at the farm level, limiting the opportunity to identify and generate feasible risk management strategies that could reduce vulnerability and increase resilience. During this seminar we will explore collaboration opportunities to determine and quantify how specific climate events affect the cost structure at the coffee farm level, and to expand access to climate-informed digital tools that facilitate the translation and integration of climate and economic information in decision-making processes. This project has the support of Columbia World Project ACToday. ACToday aims to combat hunger by increasing climate knowledge in six countries where agriculture is vulnerable to the effects of climate variability and change. Four out of the six ACToday countries are particularly dependent on coffee: Colombia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, and Vietnam.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Schapiro CEPSR, 530 W. 120 St., New York, NY 10027 Davis Auditorium (Room 412, 4th Floor)
The existence of climate deniers on the right and vaccine deniers on the left portend a world where dismissing science can have grave consequences. In an attempt to convince decision makers and the public that there is a need to take action, scientists often fail to get their message across. Amy and Roger Aines reveal why, and what can be done to change that outcome. In this talk and discussion with Andy Revkin, they share insights and strategies from their research for writing Championing Science - Communicating Your Ideas to Decision Makers. They make the case that all of us need to have more conversations about science which can only happen if more scientists speak up and make their ideas and their work better understood. Introduction: Julio Friedmann, Senior Research Scholar, Center for Global Energy Policy, Columbia University Discussants: Amy L. Aines, Founder and CEO Damianakes Communications, Co-Author of Championing Science — Communicating Your Ideas to Decision Makers Roger D. Aines, Chief Scientist of the Energy Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Co-Author of Championing Science — Communicating Your Ideas to Decision Makers Andy Revkin, Founding Director, Initiative on Communication & Sustainability The Earth Institute, Columbia University To read more about the authors and book, please click "More Information" above.
Thursday, October 17, 2019 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell 137 Conference Room
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Jerome Greene Hall, 435 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 106
New York State’s nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act will require drastic changes to our transportation, buildings, and energy sectors. This event will bring together experts across sectors to explore pathways to achieving carbon neutrality. Featuring the following speakers and leaders for the environment: New York State Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell Michael Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School Julie Tighe, President of NY League of Conservation Voters Program: Opening Julie Tighe, NYLCV President Welcome Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell Panel 1: Curbing Emissions in New York State Moderator: Michael Gerrard Panelists: Craig Schwitter, professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) Jessica Ottney, The Nature Conservancy Jackson Morris, Natural Resources Defense Council Daniel Smith, Ameresco Panel 2: Greening New York’s Economy Moderator: Malo Andre Hutson, Ph.D., MCP, Associate Professor and Director of the Urban Planning Ph.D. Program, Columbia GSAPP Panelists: Cecil Corbin-Mark, WEACT for Environmental Justice Alfred Griffin, President New York Green Bank Complete list of panelists and speakers to come. Co-hosted by Columbia Law School's Sabin Center for Climate Law, New York League of Conservation Voters, the office of New York Assembly Member Daniel O'Donnell, and The Earth Institute at Columbia University.
Thursday, October 24, 2019 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Online
The Earth Institute and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) present an online information session on the M.A. in Climate and Society. The M.A. Program in Climate and Society is a 12-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. During the online information session prospective students will have the opportunity to learn about the program and ask questions. Topic: M.A. in Climate and Society Online Information Session Time: Oct 24, 2019 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/581136048 One tap mobile +19294362866,,581136048# US (New York) +16699006833,,581136048# US (San Jose) Dial by your location +1 929 436 2866 US (New York) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 581 136 048 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abk4IBzgfB
Thursday, November 7, 2019 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 555
The Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research program is unique in its mission to train a generation of professionals equipped to address some of the world's most urgent problems. The symposium highlights the work of current Postdoctoral Researchers: • Pilar Fernández, “Humans and ticks in urban areas: Human behavior as a coupling process linking ticks and Lyme disease cases” • Winslow Hansen, “Global hotspots of forest priming to climate variability” • J. Nicolas Hernandez-Aguilera, “Playing to adapt: Gamification impact on smallholder’s access to climate services” • James Jones, “Weather, emissions, and outdoor air pollution: Implications of climate change" • Kai Kornhuber, “Concurrent heatwaves and simultaneous breadbasket failures” The Symposium will be presented and moderated by John C. Mutter, Director of Graduate Studies, Sustainable Development Ph.D. program; Director, Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research program; Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.
Friday, November 15, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Online
The Earth Institute and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) present an online information session on the M.A. in Climate and Society. The M.A. Program in Climate and Society is a 12-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. During the online information session prospective students will have the opportunity to learn about the program and ask questions. Topic: M.A. in Climate and Society Online Information Session Time: Nov 15, 2019 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/895116539 One tap mobile +19294362866,,895116539# US (New York) +16699006833,,895116539# US (San Jose) Dial by your location +1 929 436 2866 US (New York) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 895 116 539 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abk4IBzgfB
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Low Library, 535 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 Faculty Room
Has there ever been a more critical time for scientists to convey the value of science to lay audiences? How can we translate our research into compelling and persuasive stories that capture the richness, passion and wonder of discovery? Please join us for a lively workshop, presented by WNYC's Science Friday, where you'll learn strategies for talking about your work and its significance in a way that informs a wide range of audiences – funders, policymakers, journalists and the public at large. A panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. The workshop will be led by Katie Feather, associate producer for Science Friday and an instructor in audio production at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Discussion topics will include: - The value of communication and outreach - Identifying your audience - The mechanics of storytelling - Reducing and eliminating jargon - How and when to use social media Panelists include: - Stephen Ferrara, professor and associate dean, clinical affairs, Columbia School of Nursing - Bianca Jones Marlin, assistant professor of psychology and principal investigator at Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute - Andrew Revkin, founding director of the new Earth Institute Initiative on Climate and Sustainability, who has written about climate science for more than 30 years, mostly for The New York Times Light refreshments provided; seating is limited.
Thursday, November 21, 2019 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell 137 Conference Room
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.
Thursday, November 21, 2019 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Mudd Hall, 500 W. 120 St., New York, NY 10027 214
Kai Kornhuber, from the Earth Institute, Columbia University, will present a talk at the SEAS Colloquium in Climate Science (SCiCS).
Monday, December 9, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Online
The Earth Institute and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) present an online information session on the M.A. in Climate and Society. The M.A. Program in Climate and Society is a 12-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. During the online information session prospective students will have the opportunity to learn about the program and ask questions. Topic: M.A. in Climate and Society Online Information Session Time: Dec 9, 2019 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/959160551 One tap mobile +19294362866,,959160551# US (New York) +16699006833,,959160551# US (San Jose) Dial by your location +1 929 436 2866 US (New York) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 959 160 551 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abk4IBzgfB
Thursday, December 19, 2019 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell 137 Conference Room
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Online
The Earth Institute and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) present an online information session on the M.A. in Climate and Society. The M.A. Program in Climate and Society is a 12-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. During the online information session prospective students will have the opportunity to learn about the program and ask questions. Topic: M.A. in Climate and Society Online Information Session Time: Jan 15, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/297542577 One tap mobile +19294362866,,297542577# US (New York) +16699006833,,297542577# US (San Jose) Dial by your location +1 929 436 2866 US (New York) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 297 542 577 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abk4IBzgfB
Thursday, January 16, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell 137 Conference Room
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.
Monday, February 10, 2020 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Online
The Earth Institute and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) present an online information session on the M.A. in Climate and Society. The M.A. Program in Climate and Society is a 12-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. During the online information session prospective students will have the opportunity to learn about the program and ask questions. Topic: M.A. in Climate and Society Online Information Session Time: Feb 10, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/311414281 One tap mobile +19294362866,,311414281# US (New York) +16699006833,,311414281# US (San Jose) Dial by your location +1 929 436 2866 US (New York) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 311 414 281 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abk4IBzgfB
Thursday, February 20, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell 137 Conference Room
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.
Thursday, March 19, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell 137 Conference Room
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.
Thursday, April 16, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell 137 Conference Room
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.
Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell 137 Conference Room
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.