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Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Positions for Spring 2015

by | 11.13.2014 at 4:26pm
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The Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development is currently accepting applications for spring 2015 teaching assistant positions.

Taking Undergraduate Research on the Road

by | 9.29.2014 at 2:58pm
Erica Bower

This experience taught us not only about climate modeling, quantitative research and analysis, but also about the dynamic process of working with a client and with a team. After months of hard work, our team presented our findings to fellow students and faculty at Columbia and to our clients at West Point. The project has blossomed into continued collaboration between Columbia and West Point—including additional capstone projects in the spring semester.

Hatchets, Ratchets & Pivots: Book Talk by Ruth DeFries

by | 9.24.2014 at 5:04pm
ruth defries

As Professor Ruth DeFries aptly stated in her opening remarks at yesterday’s book launch for “The Big Ratchet,” if you look at satellite pictures of the earth, you see the imprint of the human species everywhere. Humans have come to dominate the planet. But how did this come to be? This question, among others, is what DeFries hopes to answer in her new book, “The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis.” How did humans acquire the capability to spread out over the entire earth and control other species?

Tanzania Launches Plan to Fight Climate Impacts on Agriculture

by | 9.19.2014 at 3:34pm
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Vital Signs is a key part of Tanzania’s new Agriculture Climate Resilience Plan, which presents a strategy for sustainable agricultural development in the face of shifting rainfall patterns and other effects of a changing climate.

Larry Gibson and the Lobster Boat

by | 9.11.2014 at 12:30pm
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There are many brave people who recognize the climate crisis and are beginning to stand up and take personal risks to try to stop expansion of the fossil fuel industry, across the United States, in Canada, and in other nations. Their courage is remarkable and I hope it has an awakening effect.

Internship Opportunities with the Earth Institute Director’s Office

by | 9.4.2014 at 12:53pm

The Office of the Director of the Earth Institute is offering two internship opportunities: the Administration, Communications, and Research, Director’s Office (DO) internship; and the Communications, Research, Writing and Event-Planning Internship. Both will work with the Office of the Director.

Reduce, Reuse and Re-(bi)cycle

by | 8.28.2014 at 3:42pm
Audra Stark, Climate Ride

Audra Stark plans to pedal 300 miles from New York City to Washington, D.C., from Sept. 20-24 to raise money for The Earth Institute and other organizations working on the issues of climate, environment and transportation. “Too often I’ve found myself and others complaining about and debating an issue without taking action in our daily lives,” she said. “Joining Climate Ride is one more way I can act on my lifelong concern about climate change, and take a further step on my personal road to a low carbon footprint.”

Practicum Introduces Students to Earth Institute Research

by | 8.27.2014 at 3:59pm
Traffic jams like this one in Monrovia, Liberia, are one challenge for sustainable urban development, one of the topics of the Earth Institute Practicum series this fall. Photo: UN/Christopher Herwig

Each fall, the Earth Institute Practicum offers a broad survey of the applications of frontier research to the practice of sustainable development, taught by top faculty and researchers. The practicum meets weekly on Tuesdays.

The Energy to Fight Injustice

by | 8.25.2014 at 3:04pm
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The enormity of these anti-nuclear policy decisions is difficult to exaggerate. Energy consumption is an inescapable requirement of development, and renewable energy sources alone cannot satisfy the energy demands of China and other developing nations. They now have no choice but to burn massive amounts of coal if they wish to raise their living standards.

Webinar Sept. 8 on Proposed Sustainable Development Goals

by | 8.21.2014 at 5:03pm
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Researcher Magdalena A K Muir will present a live webinar, “The UN Sustainable Development Goals: Setting an Agenda for Sustainability,” as part of the Association for Environmental Studies and Educators Webinar Series.