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Scientists can experience the sea floor up close in the human-operated vehicle Alvin. Photo: Bridgit Boulahanis
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Linking Climate Forecasts, Soil Testing for Smarter Farming

Photo: Richard Rydge

Turning Sunlight into Fuel

The world uses little more than one percent of the sun’s energy for our electricity needs. A major obstacle to tapping into its full potential is that it is intermittent. Solar fuels could one day store, transport and use solar energy to produce electricity and replace fossil fuels in vehicles.

by |August 24, 2016
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Research Assistant Opening in Sustainability Policy & Management

The Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management at the Earth Institute is seeking a graduate research assistant to provide support on a research project on urban sustainability metrics in China for Fall 2016.

by |August 24, 2016

Earth Institute Fall 2016 Internships

This fall, The Earth Institute is offering students opportunities to work as interns within various departments and research centers at the institute. All full-time Columbia and Barnard students are eligible to apply. These internships pay $15 an hour for 10 hours per week, up to 120 hours during the spring. The positions include: Pediatric Research using Integrated… read more

by |August 23, 2016

Earth Institute Fall 2016 Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunities

The Earth Institute will offer eight research assistant opportunities for undergraduate students during the fall 2016 semester. Undergraduates from Columbia and Barnard will be able to serve as research assistants on research projects related to sustainable development and the environment with distinguished faculty and researchers at the cutting edge of this burgeoning field. While research assistant positions… read more

by |August 23, 2016
Change in footprint 1993-2009. Hotter colors indicate more change. Greens indicate decrease. (Venter et al., 2016)

The (Somewhat Less Fast) Growing Human Footprint

The human footprint continues to expand, with three quarters of earth’s land surface now experiencing measurable pressures from buildings, roads,  crops, pastures and other human structures and activities, according to a new report. Those pressures are building most intensely in the few remaining wild areas of high biodiversity, it notes. But the report also finds an encouraging trend:… read more

by |August 23, 2016