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CIESIN Teams with Facebook to Develop Open, Improved Settlement Data

New high-resolution population data will help us understand better how people are distributed in many countries throughout the world—as part of Facebook’s goal to connect people everywhere to the Internet.

Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork: 2018 and Beyond

On every continent and every ocean, Earth Institute researchers are studying climate, geology, natural hazards, ecology and more. Here is a list of projects in rough chronological order.

by |February 14, 2018
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How Green Are Your Imports? This Index Provides an Answer

Many “green” countries depend on imports from more polluting countries. A new index takes this into account and could shake up rankings on global environmental report cards.

by |February 7, 2018

Global Environment Report Card Sees Dirty Air, Failing Fisheries

Many countries are making progress on improving water sanitation and protecting marine ecosystems. But air pollution continues as a leading health problem in many nations, and fisheries are deteriorating almost everywhere.

by |January 23, 2018

Humidity May Prove Breaking Point for Some Areas as Temperatures Rise, Says Study

A new study projects that in coming decades the effects of high humidity in many areas may surpass humans’ ability to work or, in some cases, even survive.

by |December 22, 2017

Students Practice GIS and Remote-Sensing Field Work in Black Rock Forest

When it comes to learning about data collection techniques, there is no substitute for field work. In October, three Columbia classes embarked on a field trip to the Black Rock Forest in Cornwall, New York, to get some hands-on experience.

by |December 19, 2017

American Geophysical Union 2017: Key Events From the Earth Institute

A chronological guide to key talks and other events presented by Columbia University’s Earth Institute at the American Geophysical Union 2017 meeting. 

by |December 4, 2017

Implications of Leaving Paris More Intricate Than You Think

The implications of withdrawal are more intricate than what people have been fixating on so far.

by |June 2, 2017

The Paris Climate Agreement: What Trump’s Decision to Leave Means

In the wake of the decision by the Trump administration to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, several questions have emerged about what withdrawal means for environmental policy, research and innovation.

by |June 1, 2017
graphic showing Ghana’s scores for indicators in the category, “Investing in People.”

Indicators Support MCC Goals for Low-Income Country Development

One of the benefits of tying funding to achievement on a majority of indicators has been to increase the incentives for countries to perform well across a wide range of indicators.