As Columbia’s New Climate School Opens, A Professor Talks Extreme Weather, Inequality and (Not) Colonizing Mars

West Side Rag | Fernanda Martinez
September 22, 2021

It’s Climate Week in NYC, “a time to showcase leading climate action,” its organizers, the Climate Group, say. To that end, WSR reached out to Columbia University, which recently established its first new school in 25 years. The “Columbia Climate School,” a university partner of Climate Week, is a direct response to the pressing climate crisis. Professor Jason Smerdon, an Upper West Sider, helped design its educational programs. We spoke to him about the school’s significance; the way things are going climate-wise, including on the UWS; and how to get involved.  Read More