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Africa's Sahel region could suddenly get far more rainfall as global warming proceeds, says a new study. Here, farmers in Mali, one of the countries potentially affected, harvest okra. (Francesco Fiondella/International Research Institute for Climate and Society)

Warming Climate Could Abruptly Increase Rain in Africa’s Sahel

Climate change could turn one of Africa’s driest regions wet, according to a new study. Scientists have found evidence in computer simulations for a possible abrupt change in the Sahel, a region long characterized by aridity and political instability. In the study, just published in the journal Earth System Dynamics, the authors detected a self-amplifying… read more

by |July 5, 2017
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Fall 2017 Teaching Assistant Opportunities

The Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development is currently accepting applications for Fall 2017 teaching assistant positions.

by |June 20, 2017
Agustina Besada (SUMA 2015) is the Executive Director of Sure We Can.

SUMA Alumna Travels A Different Sustainability Path in Brooklyn

Agustina Besada (SUMA 2015) is the Executive Director of Sure We Can, a nonprofit recycling facility, community center and grassroots sustainability testbed wrapped into one.

by |June 14, 2017
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MSSM Alum Named to 2017 GreenBiz ’30 Under 30′

Sustainability Management alum Courtney Small has been identified as a rising leader in the field of sustainable business and has been named to the Green Biz “30 Under 30” list.

by |June 13, 2017
Research summary, March 2017. Photo: Maria Gonzalez Millan

Internet-in-a-Box: Connectivity for the Rest of the World

For the 60% of people without Internet access across the globe, lack of connectivity can affect every facet of their lives – including healthcare. In the Dominican Republic, a team of MPA-DP students examines how Internet-in-a-box technology could help healthcare providers improve outcomes in the developing world.

by |June 13, 2017
The Agulhas Current and associated flows. Credit: Arnold L. Gordon.

Transforming a Passion for Oceans into Discovery

Sustainability Management graduate Melissa Meggiolaro (’17) interviews Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory oceanographer Arnold Gordon.

by |June 9, 2017
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Sustainable Development Undergrads Learn to Communicate Sustainability Persuasively

Earth Institute undergraduates Karina Robles (SusDev ’18) and Jesse Thorson (SusDev ’18) talk about their experience attending the 2017 Planet Forward Summit.

by |June 8, 2017
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Track Mosquitoes with your Smartphone

Using crowd-sourced data, the Bitebytes app can educate the public on mosquitoes, the diseases they transmit, and mosquito habitat control, while allowing cities to target key areas to help control the potential for the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.

by |June 6, 2017
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Reactions from Earth Institute Experts on Trump Pulling out of Paris

Experts from across the Earth Institute give their reactions to the news that the U.S. will exit the Paris climate agreement.

by |June 2, 2017
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‘We are Headed Towards Hostile State of the Climate System’

Yochanan Kushnir: “As a climate scientist who directly engages in studying the phenomena and mechanisms of climate variability and change I am convinced that we are headed towards a different, and to many people hostile, state of the climate system, with a worldwide impact including many parts of the U.S.”

by |June 2, 2017