The On Being Project

Kate Marvel
Kate Marvel

is a climate scientist and a writer. A theoretical physicist by training, she is now an associate research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University’s Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics. Kate's research focuses on how human activities affect the climate and what we can expect in the future, using satellite observations, computer models, and basic physics to study the human impact on variables from rainfall patterns to cloud cover. She lives and works in New York City.

We Need Courage, Not Hope, To Face Climate Change

by Kate Marvel

Where do we go when we are beyond hope? A climate scientist reflects on the courage we need to accept that we must continue to pursue solutions, even in the face of failure.

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We Need Courage, Not Hope, To Face Climate Change

We Should Never Have Called It Earth

by Kate Marvel

A NASA climate scientist wrestles with the story of the ocean’s “long slow slog to equilibrium,” the ease of modern life, and the whispers that continue after we’re gone.

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We Should Never Have Called It Earth