Author: Renee Cho

Renee Cho is a staff blogger for the Earth Institute and a freelance environmental writer who has written for www.insideclimatenews.com, 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.

Making Progress on Deforestation

by | 6.23.2014 at 8:47pm
The Amazon rainforest. Photo: CIFOR

In 2005, Brazil was losing more forest each year than any other country. Today, Brazil has reduced deforestation in the Amazon by 70 percent. Seventeen countries across four continents have also shown progress in reducing tropical deforestation. But there is still a long way to go.

The Fracking Facts

by | 6.6.2014 at 1:25pm
Aerial view of the Jonah natural gas field in Wyoming. Photo: Peter Aengst

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method for extracting natural gas, has become a hot button issue across the U.S. But let’s try to look objectively at its benefits and risks.

Climate Change’s Bottom Line

by | 5.14.2014 at 2:39pm | 1 Comment
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In the face of climate change, companies cannot continue to do “business as usual.” The risks and challenges of the changing climate threaten the bottom line, but also offer unprecedented opportunities.

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
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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
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“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
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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?