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2021 ACToday Highlight: Helping Provide Insurance to a Million Smallholder Farmers

This story was published as part of the Adapting Agriculture to Climate Today, for Tomorrow (ACToday) Columbia World Project 2021 Report. Read the full report here. Since its launch in 2017, ACToday has invested in forecasts, monitoring tools and other information products to help government agencies, humanitarian organizations and farmers better plan for droughts and […]

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2021 ACToday Highlight: Boosting the Climate Resilience of the Billion-Dollar Coffee Sectors in Guatemala and Vietnam

This story was published as part of the Adapting Agriculture to Climate Today, for Tomorrow (ACToday) Columbia World Project 2021 Report. Read the full report here. ACToday operates in four of the top ten coffee-producing countries in the world: Colombia, Ethiopia, Guatemala and Vietnam. Minimizing climate risks to coffee production is a strategic component of ACToday’s […]

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society’s New Director

John Furlow has been appointed the fourth director of Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society. He succeeds Lisa Goddard, who served as the head of the institution since 2012 and who stepped down in late 2020. Goddard helped lead IRI out of a financial crisis when funding from the National Oceanic and […]

A pair of brown hands in close up offer a silver fish which just fits inside both palms. A fishing net is wrapped around the right wrist.

Video: From Farm to Training in Bangladesh

The Adapting Agriculture to Climate Today, for Tomorrow (ACToday) Columbia World Project has been co-organizing yearly trainings in Dhaka to help farmers and other decision makers understand how to access climate information and how that access can help them develop mitigation strategies for climate impacts on agriculture. In 2019, ACToday and its partners organized a […]

Report: 2020-2021 Highlights from the ACToday Columbia World Project

By Lisa Goddard and Walter Baethgen, co-leads of ACToday We are excited to share our latest highlights from the Adapting Agriculture to Climate Today, for Tomorrow (ACToday) Columbia World Project. During a period marked by global upheaval and tragedy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been especially inspired to keep our work on track. […]

April Climate Briefing: La Niña Packing Her Bags

Read our ENSO Essentials & Impacts pages for more about El Niño and La Niña. In mid-April, the tropical Pacific sea-surface temperatures remained just within the weak La Niña range, and while some atmospheric indicators appeared weakly La Niña-like, others were consistent with ENSO neutral conditions. A new set of model runs predicts La Niña conditions are likely to dissipate by […]

Combining Indigenous and Scientific Knowledge Enhances Fire Management in the Sahel

This blog was originally published on the Earth Institute’s State of the Planet blog. It was written by Natalie Duncan, an intern with IRI’s Adapting Agriculture to Climate Today, for Tomorrow (ACToday) project. The Sahel is an unforgivingly hot and arid belt stretching across the African continent, from Senegal to Chad. It marks the transitional […]

March Climate Briefing: La Niña Starting to Wrap Up

Read our ENSO Essentials & Impacts pages for more about El Niño and La Niña. In mid-March, the tropical Pacific sea-surface temperatures remained below average and within the moderate strength La Niña range. All atmospheric parameters also indicated La Niña conditions. A new set of model runs predicts La Niña conditions are likely to dissipate by June 2021, with neutral […]

Improving Risk Indicators: Introducing the Next Generation Drought Index Project

Across the globe, food security continues to be a significant challenge, one that is estimated to increase with the compounding factors of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. The Next Generation Drought Index (NGDI) project addresses this challenge by leveraging satellite technology and drought modeling to provide humanitarian and development agencies access to the latest and most […]

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