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New Program Designed to Keep Kids in School in Uganda

by | 5.4.2015 at 11:53am | 1 Comment
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Though many more children throughout the world are attending primary school since the Millennium Development Goals were adopted 15 years ago, in order to sustain the success, increasing matriculation and improving attendance in secondary schools are essential.

Unforeseen Dangers in a Global Food System

by | 4.29.2015 at 12:18pm
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Michael Puma considers what can happen when events such as long-lasting droughts or volcanic explosions interrupt production of these crops. He has begun to assess the fragility of the intricate network of trade relationships that move important basic food items across national borders.

Overuse of Water by Indian Farmers Threatens Supply

by | 4.14.2015 at 10:16am
The liberal use of water for irrigation by farmers cultivating rice is contributing to a rapid drop in groundwater levels In the northern Indian state of Haryana.

Convincing farmers that it’s worth it to reduce their water consumption will rest on our ability to help develop local groups to manage aquifers at the community-level.

Earth Institute Summer 2015 Internships

by | 4.7.2015 at 3:00pm
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This summer, 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 an hour for 20 hours per week and up to a maximum of 120 hours for summer 2015.

Sustainability Students Explore Jobs in the Built Environment

by | 4.6.2015 at 10:34am
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What jobs are available to students with a sustainability degree, who are interested in the built environment? What can students to do to land, or create, a job in this field? These questions and more were answered at a mini-career workshop on March 23, which focused on “Innovation and the Built Environment.”

2015 Competitive Climate Environmental Policy Competition

by | 4.3.2015 at 8:00am
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Columbia Economics Review has announced the winners of the 2015 Competitive Climate Environmental Policy Competition. This year’s competition attracted participants from over 25 colleges and universities across the United States, including Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, Northwestern, Penn, Princeton, Stanford, UC Berkeley and Yale.

Intractable Conflict: Can We End ‘Endless’ Wars?

by | 3.17.2015 at 9:36am
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Intractable conflicts such as the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East or long-term civil wars in central Africa are among the world’s most destructive social ills, and the most difficult to solve. Over the past decade, Peter Coleman, director of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia University, has been developing an innovative way of understanding intractable conflicts — and potentially resolving them.

The Acorns Were Here Long Before the Squirrels

by | 3.13.2015 at 4:23pm
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Forests are a critical component of ecosystems, and the effective management of this natural resource is a topic of great concern to sustainable development and humanity. On March 7, Ralph Schmidt, former director of forest programs with the United Nations Development Program, led a seminar on sustainable forest management for Earth Institute students and alumni.

Sustainable Development Spring 2015 Workshop Briefings

by | 3.13.2015 at 2:18pm

Seniors in the Capstone Workshop in Sustainable Development will deliver their final recommendations May 1 after working collaboratively on client projects this past semester.

Senior Shares Insights on Sustainable Development Program

by | 3.13.2015 at 12:22pm
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For senior Norman Shafto, the interdisciplinary approach of the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development helped him link his interests in electrical engineering and environmental science.