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Why Happiness Is Important

The World Happiness Report 2015 measures and ranks the happiness of individuals in 158 countries around the globe. Which countries are the happiest and why?

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Amazon River Delta Courtesy NASA, Johnson Space Center

A Climate Battle Cry for Earth Day

A group of 17 renowned scientists from around the world are appealing for dramatic action to forestall the worst effects of climate change, issuing an “Earth Statement” that calls for a world powered with zero carbon emissions by mid-century.

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Underground, carbon dioxide disperses through volcanic basalt, and solidifies into a substance similar to limestone. A geologist shows off a core taken from the injection zone.

In a Melting Iceland, Drilling Deep to Stem Climate Change

Iceland is pioneering a new technology to deal with climate change. Its Hellisheidi geothermal power plant, the world’s largest, hosts arguably the world’s most advanced program to capture and lock away globe-warming carbon dioxide.

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Paying to Protect the Environment

Ecosystems provide humankind with food, fuel and fiber; they help clean the air and water, control flooding and regulate climate. Now, a group of scientists has laid out guidelines to gauge how effective we are at setting a price on such benefits of nature.

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Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork, 2015 and Beyond

On every continent and ocean, Earth Institute field researchers study the dynamics of climate, geology, ecology, human history and more. Here is a list of expeditions going on this year, and beyond.

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Taking a 4,000-Meter-Deep Profile of Antarctic Waters

by | 4.27.2015 at 10:47am
NB Palmer, West Antarctica, CTD system

In addition to understanding potential pathways for “warmer” circumpolar deep water to reach the ice shelf, we are also measuring what the structure and properties of the water column are and determining if there is already warmer water on or near the continental shelf that could already interact with the glaciers of East Antarctica today.

Lamont-Doherty to Manage U.S. Ocean Drilling Program

by | 4.27.2015 at 10:41am
Congresswoman Nita Lowey (left) listens as Carl Brenner, director of the new office,  explains it scope.

Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has signed a $35 million, five-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) to manage scientific support services for U.S. scientists studying the world’s ocean floors. Lamont will use the award to manage U.S. scientific support services for the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), a 26-nation collaboration that []

Sustainability Reporting and Ranking Transparency: CDP

by | 4.24.2015 at 1:46pm
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Adam Gordon, an alumni of the M.S. in Sustainability Management program, recently returned to campus to talk about his work at CDP as a supply chain account manager.

Free Your Food: The Possibilities for an Unmonetized Food System

by | 4.24.2015 at 1:35pm
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Why would someone turn down a free lunch? And why is the concept of an un-monetized foodsystem (i.e. one that is not reliant upon money) so marginal?

Why Happiness Is Important

by | 4.23.2015 at 6:35pm
Happy Tibetan Buddhist monk

The World Happiness Report 2015 measures and ranks the happiness of individuals in 158 countries around the globe. Which countries are the happiest and why?

Goddard Institute to Aid Search for Life on Distant Worlds

by | 4.22.2015 at 10:40am
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Despite its name, the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies has in recent years concentrated on planet Earth–mainly, its widely used computer models used by scientists around the world to measure and predict the impact of greenhouse gases on climate. This week NASA announced that the Earth Institute-affiliated center will also play a leading role in a new initiative to search for life on other planets.

As a Leading Environmental Organization Closes, Its Leader is Upbeat

by | 4.22.2015 at 8:03am
Lester Brown. Photo: KFEM

Lester Brown, the global environmental leader, turned 81 this year and is closing The Earth Policy Institute, the environmental research organization he founded in 2001. His new book “The Great Transition” asserts that the world is shifting from fossil fuels to solar and wind energy.