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Scientists Speak Out on Climate: Is Anyone Listening?

In the light of recent varied efforts to focus public attention on the risks of climate change, we asked Earth Institute scientists what they want the public to understand about the issue and how they see their roles.

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The U.S. Water Challenge: Watch the Video

Most American’s live with the expectation that fresh water will continue to flow freely from their faucets. The reality is that environmental degradation, an aging water infrastructure, water scarcity, job instability, and the ability to provide food for a growing population are now pressing issues.

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Geologists are investigating igneous rocks from the deep earth that helped build the land bridge that joins North and South America. These are most visible along the windswept western coast of Panama. CLICK TO SEE A SLIDESHOW OF THE WORK

The Isthmus of Panama: Out of the Deep Earth

The creation of the narrow isthmus that joins North and South America changed not just the world map, but the circulation of oceans, the course of biologic evolution, and probably global climate. Scientists try to decipher the story behind its formation.

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FutureCoast: A Voicemail Vision of Climate-to-Be

Melting glaciers, collapsing sea ice, water supplies under stress, increases in storm frequency, impacts on food supply — are we reading a synopsis of the IPCC report or messages from the future delivered through a software glitch? People around the world are posing this question.

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Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork: 2014 and Beyond

Earth Institute field researchers study the planet on every continent and ocean. Projects are aimed at understanding the fundamental dynamics of climate, geology, ecology, human history and more. Here is a partial list of upcoming expeditions.

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Skill-based Volunteerism in Haiti, a Legal Pro-Bono Perspective

by | 4.24.2014 at 6:35pm

The Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development launched its Spring 2014 Haiti Dialogue Series with a discussion on pro-bono work in Haiti, featuring three distinguished lawyers. The speakers explained the opportunities and challenges of skill-based volunteerism in the context of Haiti’s development strategies and institutional capacity building within [...]

Students Learn from Faculty, Alumni about Energy Efficiency Careers

by | 4.23.2014 at 2:21pm
MCW Energy Efficiency

The Earth Institute is expanding its professional development program with the addition of mini-career workshops that focus on particular areas of sustainability. The first of these workshops took place on April 17, 2014, and it focused on energy efficiency. The purpose of the workshops is to provide opportunities to students to learn from faculty and alumni, who are practitioners in various sustainability fields. Offering these workshops was one of the recommendations of the Professional Development Task Force, which comprised students, faculty and staff in the M.S. in Sustainability Management program.

Crossing 400ppm: Welcome to the Pliocene

by | 4.22.2014 at 12:11pm
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“Right now, we’re living in a world of a Pliocene atmosphere,” scientist Maureen Raymo of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory tells the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media. “But the whole rest of the climate system — the oceans are trying to catch-up, the ice sheets are waning, and everything is trying to catch up to this Pliocene atmosphere.”

Celebrate Earth Day with Extreme Science

by | 4.22.2014 at 12:02pm
Polar scientist Robin Bell in the field.

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory scientist Robin Bell will participate in a Google+ Hangout hosted by the White House on Tuesday, April 22 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Bell, who will join the Hangout from New Zealand, is a polar scientist who studies sub-glacial lakes, ice sheet dynamics and tectonics in Earth’s polar regions.

Black Holes

by | 4.18.2014 at 3:54pm
Image Credit: SCIENCE VIDEOLAB

In most observed galaxy hearts,
Massive black holes reside,
Formed from dark-baryon parts,
As huge stars collapse or collide.

Summer 2014 Earth Institute Internship Program Opportunities

by | 4.16.2014 at 10:00am

This spring, the Earth Institute is offering Columbia students opportunities to intern within various departments and research centers at the institute. All full-time Columbia and Barnard students are eligible to apply. These internships are funded at a rate of $15/hour for up to 35 hours per week. See below for the descriptions of these opportunities.

Lords of the Past

by | 4.11.2014 at 10:21am
Paraceraurus trilobite, Ordovician, from the Volchow River, Russia. Photo: Vassil/Alias Collections.

With life, legged and finned, Earth had been teeming,
Slitherers, predators, graceful trees tall …
Now, of these species, we are only dreaming:
Glossopteris, trilobites, eurypterids, all.