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Simon Mason Wins WMO Award for Outstanding Service

The World Meteorological Organization’s Commission on Climatology (CCL) honored Simon Mason, IRI’s chief climate scientist, with its 2018 Award for Outstanding Service. The award was presented in Geneva on April 10 by Thomas C. Peterson, the outgoing President of CCL. In a letter, Elena Manaenkova, the Deputy Secretary-General of WMO, wrote the award was, “in […]

IRI papers make Environmental Research Letters ‘Top 30’ for 2017

Editors at Environmental Research Letters selected two papers written by scientists at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society for the journal’s Highlights of 2017 special issue. The issue features 30 research articles picked for their significance, scientific impact, breadth of appeal and other criteria. “This collection features seminal findings on climate education, oil […]

On Climate and Public Health: “No time for delay,” Doctors Warn

By Yang Zhang Before the sweltering summer arrived in India in 2011, a local pediatrician persuaded the hospital in the city of Ahmedabad to move its maternity ward from the top floor to a lower one and to paint its tar roof white. Quantified and confirmed by  Perry Sheffield and her colleagues, those “easy” adaptations […]

Partnership for a Resilient and Secure Food System in Vietnam

This is an an abbreviated version of a piece originally posted on the website of a partner organization, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Read the full piece here. With a coastline spanning 3,260 kilometers, Vietnam is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, such as sea level rise, […]

New Columbia World Project to Address Climate Risks to Food in Six Countries

The Earth Institute’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society is leading the first of the newly announcd Columbia World Projects. It focuses on climate threats to food and nutrition in six countries in Africa, Latin America and South Asia and involves a number of institutions and departments across the university.

World Meteorological Day 2018: Zika Update

In conjunction with World Meteorological Day, the World Meteorological Organization has released its “State of the Climate Global 2017” report. It was a record-setting year in terms of the costs of extreme events, which included the hurricanes in the North Atlantic, monsoon flooding on the Indian subcontinent and drought in parts of eastern Africa. The […]

March Climate Briefing: Last Gasp of La Niña Influence

Read our ENSO Essentials & Impacts pages for more about El Niño and La Niña. What’s New Sea-surface temperature (SST) anomalies in the equatorial Pacific Ocean are trending warmer since last month’s briefing, but they remain in the La Niña realm. Weekly SST anomalies in the area of the Pacific that helps define El Niño and La Niña events, called […]

Video: IRI Celebrates International Women’s Day

More than 100 years ago, the first International Women’s Day emerged out of the women’s suffrage movements and called for equal opportunity. At the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, we want to recognize and celebrate the women who have made significant strides in all fields, but especially in science. Celebrated on March 8th, […]

Upping Our Game: Crop Insurance Project Proves Wildly Successful

A weather index insurance tool is graduating from research project to commercial product. Using multimedia and infographics, a new story puts the technical process in the context of its real-world impact. Find out how the International Research Institute for Climate and Society’s Financial Instruments Sector team pulled it off, and how the project could be […]

February Climate Briefing: La Niña Pattern Holds

Read our ENSO Essentials & Impacts pages for more about El Niño and La Niña. Tony Barnston provides an overview of the briefing What’s New Since last month’s briefing, sea-surface temperature (SST) anomalies have cooled slightly in the area of the central equatorial Pacific Ocean that helps define El Niño and La Niña events, called the Nino3.4 region (see first map below). The […]

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