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04.21.2014 - 08:28AM

Category: Environment

For Earth Day, a Climate Warning

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According to the latest Gallup Poll, only about one-third of Americans are greatly worried about global warming. But the scientists who study climate generally are far more concerned about the future. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, backed by thousands of scientists and their research, warns that climate change is already affecting people and ecosystems across the globe. The American Association for the Advancement of Science has launched “What We Know,” an initiative to communicate to the public the reality, risks and potential solutions of climate change. The bottom line: It's here, we're causing it, and we can do something about it.

“Everything we do today will stay there and affect our children and generations to come,” said Xiaojun Yuan, a research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. “If we don’t act now, we will make this problem much worse for them.”

On the State of the Planet blog, writer Renee Cho talks to Earth Institute scientists about what they think the public needs to know, and what they see as the best pathways to change.

Years of Living Dangerously

For a more dramatized look at the state of our climate and the issues it presents, you can tune in to a new eight-part series on Showtime, produced by James Cameron, called “Years of Living Dangerously.” With input from several Earth Institute scientists, the series premieres at 10 p.m. on April 13.

Join Us in Making Earth Day Count

Join Us in Making Earth Day Count

This April, the Earth Institute is celebrating Earth Month with the goal of building awareness around the many ways in which we, as global citizens, can make meaningful contributions to the sustainable coexistence of human life, biodiversity and natural resources on our planet. By taking part in any of these activities, you can do your part to guide us onto a path toward sustainability.

  • Be social: What are you doing to create a more sustainable planet? Tweet us @earthinstitute, with the hashtag #earthday2014. Feel free to link your reply to other sources of text, photos, etc.
  • Sign up: Register for an information session about the MS in Sustainability Management program taking place in-person on April 9 or online on April 17 from 6-7 p.m. Learn how you can become part of this pioneering, interdisciplinary program that trains sustainability professionals. The application deadline for fall is May 15.
  • Learn: Sign up here to learn more about rapid climate change in the Western Antarctic Peninsula at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory's Public Lecture, featuring Hugh Ducklow, taking place on April 24 from 6-7 p.m.
  • Visit: Attend a class in the MS in Sustainability Management program. Check out the syllabi and the schedule of spring 2014 courses. Email Alyssa Dubov, adubov@ei.columbia.edu, to make arrangements. For information on the Earth Institute's suite of sustainability education programs, click here.
  • Donate: Make a tax-deductible gift to the Earth Institute today and support the science and solutions needed for a sustainable planet.

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