Unit Affiliation: Ocean and Climate Physics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)
Unit Affiliation: Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
In recent years, there has been a marked increase in the number of lawsuits seeking to hold governments and private actors accountable for failure to take action on climate change. Climate change attribution science—which examines the causal links between human activities, global climate change, and the impacts of climate change—plays a central role in many of these lawsuits. Attribution science is rapidly evolving, both in regards to attributing impacts and extreme events to climate change and in attributing greenhouse gas emissions to particular actors—and so too is its role in the courtroom and in policymaking. Armed with a growing body of evidence linking increases in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations to specific harmful impacts, plaintiffs are pursuing more ambitious claims against governments and emitters for their contribution to, or failure to take action on, climate change.
The Law and Science of Climate Change Attribution examines how attribution science is used in litigation and in policymaking, and how litigation and policymaking might influence current and future directions in attribution science.
OUTCOMES: Climate Attribution Database: https://climateattribution.org/
The sustainability of the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta and Bangladesh depends on the balance of sea level rise, land subsidence and sedimentation. We are measuring the later two across the coastal zone.
Two M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy Program traveled to Thailand to share their ideas in the 2023 Youth Voice Dialogue.
The long-term importance of energy efficiency is clear, but short-term competing interests can make it difficult to pursue energy efficiency and decarbonization goals.
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Decades after the last grizzly bear was seen in Washington State’s North Cascades, efforts to bring them back have been met with both enthusiasm and resistance.
EVs will replace gas-powered vehicles when they are less expensive, more feature-packed and more reliable than cars with internal combustion engines.
A Q&A with Rose Oelkers, a Ph.D. candidate at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory who studies tropical trees and their response to changes in the environment.
A Q&A with IRI’s Amanda Grossi, who works with farmers in Africa to help manage climate risk.
Marco Tedesco explains how remote-sensing data can reveal how Greenland's ice sheets are melting.
A Q&A with Thalia Balkaran, postdoctoral research scientist at the Columbia Climate School’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness, in honor of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
The Cities Climate Law Initiative
Threatened Island Nations Conference
Climate Change Laws of the World