Rebuilding in Sea Bright, NJ Photo: FEMA

Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy

In June 2013, the Rebuild by Design competition was launched to find innovative solutions to the vulnerabilities of the region that Sandy exposed. The six winning projects were chosen for their excellence in design and resilience, and engagement with local communities. How will they protect their communities?

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Photo Essay: Sleeping Giant off West Africa Awakes

Nearly 20 years after its last eruption, in 1995, Fogo volcano off West Africa awoke on Nov. 26. Within a week, it had buried two villages under scorching lava, leaving 1,200 people homeless. Lamont-Doherty geologist Ricardo Ramalho was there to document the action and help advise local government.

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Talking Climate: a New Guide to More Effective Communication

What motivates people to accept or reject climate change? What do personal and political values have to do with it? How can you best get your message across? A new guide to climate change communication offers some of the answers.

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Photo: Queens University

Toxic Chemicals All Around Us: Is Green Chemistry the Answer?

We live in a world filled with synthetic chemicals, many with known or suspected health hazards. Can green chemistry, the design of chemical products without hazardous substances, provide a solution?

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Lamont scientists Robin Bell, Chris Bertinato, Nick Frearson, Winnie Chu and Tej Dhakal with IcePod.

Exploring Antarctica by Sea, Air and Land

Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory scientists are among the many researchers currently doing fieldwork in Antarctica. They’re participating in expeditions near, above and on the continent, doing critical studies that will advance understanding of Antarctica’s land and sea processes.

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MPA Students Focus on Campus Waste

by | 1.30.2015 at 5:46pm
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During the fall 2014 semester, members of the MPA in Environmental Science class of 2015 conducted campus-wide waste audits to gain a better understanding of student recycling habits. Read an account of the project from Adrian Ang, one of leaders of the waste audit project

Study Finds Genetic Clues to How Plants Adapt to Climate

by | 1.30.2015 at 4:25pm
Arabidopsis thaliana. Photo: Penn State

Using supercomputers to analyze hundreds of thousands of genetic markers in a thousand plant samples, scientists say they have found how a common weed uses its genetic code to adapt to changes in its environment such as freezing temperatures and drought. The findings add to our knowledge of how plant life evolves, and could be used to help breed crops that are more adaptable to climate change, the researchers say.

Birth of a Desert

by | 1.30.2015 at 11:47am
About 10 thousand years ago, North Africa's Sahara Desert was a wide, green landscape. (photo credit: apdesign)

North Africa once was quite green,
From ancient lakes, clues we can glean:

Summer Program Opens Door to the Life of a Scientist

by | 1.29.2015 at 3:56pm
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For Destiny Torres, currently a biology major at Brown University and a Gates Millennium Scholar, participating in the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory’s Secondary School Field Research Program in 2010 offered her the perfect combination of research and mentorship opportunities, lab work, and getting a glimpse into the daily life of a scientist.

Photo Essay: Fire and Ice Off Cascadia

by | 1.26.2015 at 11:41am
Lamont graduate student Bridgit Boulahanis takes a break from analyzing bathymetry data on the computer to process a fresh core.  (Gene Henry)

A team of scientists traveled to the Pacific Northwest aboard the R/V Atlantis last fall to investigate whether the waxing and waning of ice ages and volcanic eruptions are somehow related.

Education, Sustainability and the post-2015 Development Agenda

by | 1.26.2015 at 10:56am
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Starting in 2016, a new series of global monitoring reports will examine the state of education, using the framework of the anticipated Sustainable Development Goals that are to be finalized by the UN in September 2015. The first report in this series, the 2016 Report, will focus on “Education, Sustainability and the post-2015 Development Agenda.”

MS Student Aims for Career in ESG Measurement

by | 1.22.2015 at 11:23am
M.S. in Sustainability Management Student Divya Bendre

Current Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MSSM) student Divya Bendre had just completed postgraduate work in Policy Studies and was working in management consulting in Singapore when she stumbled upon an article by Steve Cohen entitled “Educating Sustainability Professionals” that changed the trajectory of her career path. Divya joined the program because she felt the flexible curriculum would help her to combine her interest in sustainability with her academic and professional experiences. After the program, Divya hopes to continue her work in ESG measurement, disclosure, and investment space.