Author: Renee Cho

Renee Cho is a staff blogger for the Earth Institute and a freelance environmental writer who has written for, E Magazine and On Earth. Previously, Renee was Communications Coordinator for Riverkeeper, the Hudson River environmental organization. She is currently in the certificate program at Columbia University’s Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.

Scientists Speak Out on Climate: Is Anyone Listening?

by | 4.9.2014 at 9:24am
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In the light of recent varied efforts to focus public attention on the risks of climate change, we asked Earth Institute scientists what they want the public to understand about the issue and how they see their roles.

The Promise and Peril of Nanotechnology

by | 3.25.2014 at 6:42pm
Computer rendered view inside a carbon nanotube. Photo: Geoff Hutchison

Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas of science, engineering and industry that is used in more and more consumer products each day. It has great potential to transform our world for the better. But what are its implications for human health and the environment?

Joanne Johnson and Lamont-Doherty, Collaborating on Glacial Research

by | 2.28.2014 at 10:50am
Joanne Johnson

New research about West Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier suggests the glacier’s recent and rapid thinning and melting may continue for decades or centuries to come. British Antarctic Survey’s Joanne Johnson’s research, done in collaboration with scientists at Lamont-Doherty, might not have been possible without Lamont’s effort to promote women scientists.

Terry Plank: Volcano Maven

by | 2.14.2014 at 6:10pm

“It just looked like black rock, but every once in awhile a boulder at the end would fall off and you’d see it was completely red inside. And it made all these cool sounds and you’d feel these little earthquakes… It was totally cool. How could you not like that?”

Genetic Modifications You May Not Know About

by | 1.13.2014 at 1:37pm | 1 Comment
T cells have been genetically modified to fight cancer

While much attention is focused on genetically modified foods, fewer people are aware that many other genetically modified organisms and cells are in development. Columbia University’s Shaheed Naeem and Matthew Palmer offer their perspectives.

The Rebuild by Design Challenge

by | 11.27.2013 at 11:32am | 1 Comment
Photo: David Shankbone

When Hurricane Sandy hit last October, the vulnerabilities of the New York/New Jersey region to extreme weather were made all too clear. The Rebuild by Design challenge was launched to find the most innovative ways to make the region more resilient and sustainable.

Just How Effective is Green Infrastructure?

by | 10.31.2013 at 11:59am
Students planting a rain garden. Photo: Center for Neighborhood Technology

Over the next 18 years, New York City’s 2010 Green Infrastructure Plan will spend $2.4 billion on green infrastructure— green roofs, tree plantings, and increased vegetation— to combat coastal pollution. But how does green infrastructure work and how effective is it really?

The Intensifying Debate Over Genetically Modified Foods

by | 7.30.2013 at 2:21pm | 2 Comments
70 percent of the food in our supermarkets contains genetically modified ingredients. Photo: Rupert Ganzer

Genetically modified foods contain organisms that have had DNA from a non-related species transferred into their genes via biotechnology to imbue them with specific traits. The debate over whether or not they are safe is intensifying as more GM foods show up in our supermarkets, and the movement to label GM food grows.

What’s the Real Story With Clean Coal?

by | 7.1.2013 at 9:51pm
Coal plant in West Virginia. Photo credit: euze

The Obama administration will propose new rules to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. But is “clean coal” technology up to the job?

Finding Solutions to Environmental Conflict: Q&A With Josh Fisher

by | 6.18.2013 at 11:34am
Photo: Josh Fisher

In a rapidly warming world, conflicts inevitably arise between those affected by dwindling resources and changing climate conditions. Josh Fisher’s work centers on trying to avert conflict and provide opportunities for cooperation through understanding the relationships between conflict, environment and development.