The increasing technical risks of global natural resource development have been well-documented. What is less understood but no less important are the growing political, regulatory and reputational risks involved in meeting the world’s growing resource needs.
We often think of the fight against climate change on a national or international level, but what can we do as a community?
On April 29, students in the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development presented practical solutions to sustainability issues and challenges faced by real world clients.
The Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development is accepting applications for Fall 2016 teaching assistant positions.
Changing personal and social narratives can address issues of internal displacement in the built environment, as in this case in Medellín, Colombia.
The Columbia Water Center is undertaking a three-year project to quantitatively assess mining-related water and environmental risks and their financial implications.
The government of Peru faces significant pressure to encourage growth and investment in the mining sector, but this has also put pressure on the government’s ability to properly assess environmental impacts.
Read Flusser studied bamboo and its potential as a feedstock for efficient, second-generation biofuels. Alixandra Prybyla conducted groundbreaking research on the genus Leptarctus, a long-extinct mammal. Marisol Rodriguez worked on a financial model for solar investing. These are just three of the student projects on display at the recent Student Research Showcase.
The problem of air pollution in China continues to reach new heights. To combat the problem in any real way stringent regulation is needed. A new paper from Columbia University’s Earth Institute finds that this can be done without hurting job creation.