Category: Agriculture-Food

Toxic Chemicals All Around Us: Is Green Chemistry the Answer?

by | 12.8.2014 at 3:40pm
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We live in a world filled with synthetic chemicals, many with known or suspected health hazards. Can green chemistry, the design of chemical products without hazardous substances, provide a solution?

Spring 2015 Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunities

by | 12.3.2014 at 12:47pm

The Earth Institute will offer six research assistant opportunities for undergraduate students during the spring 2015 semester. Undergraduates from Columbia and Barnard will be able to serve as research assistants on research projects related to sustainable development and the environment with distinguished faculty and researchers at the cutting edge of this burgeoning field.
While research assistant positions at Columbia are generally awarded to graduate students, this program instead aims to present undergraduates with a unique opportunity to be involved in research at a high level and to gain valuable experience and skills for their future academic and professional careers.

Matching Funds Boost Contributions through Dec. 31

by | 12.3.2014 at 11:42am
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The Earth Institute will benefit this holiday season from a matching gift from dedicated donor Betsee Parker, who will match your contributions dollar for dollar up to $300,000 this holiday season.

Will Africa Finally Achieve a Green Revolution?

by | 11.6.2014 at 2:46pm
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Earth Institute agricultural scientist Pedro A. Sanchez argues in a new essay that new developments in both science and politics give him hope that sub-Saharan Africa will be able to feed itself by 2050, even with a projected population by then of about 2 billion people.

Warming Streams Have Cascading Impacts in the Amazon

by | 10.13.2014 at 1:50pm
Aerial view of a changing landscape. Photo: Marcia Macedo

To protect a river, you must preserve its headwaters. Agricultural development is warming streams at the headwaters of the Xingu River, in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Rising temperatures have local impacts that could cascade into regional changes, highlighting the importance of responsible land use outside of protected areas.

MPA Alum Focuses on Marine Conservation

by | 9.26.2014 at 1:02pm
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Olivia Kemp, a 2013 alumna of the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program, is using the skills she developed in the program to develop her career focusing on conservation, food security and sustainable development. Now with Blue Ventures, Kemp is working with local communities in Madagascar to create a focus on community-led marine conservation.

Revitalizing Africa’s Soils

by | 9.24.2014 at 8:53pm
Farmers in Tanzania. Photo: Gates Foundation

To feed our burgeoning global population, the world has to at least double crop yields by 2050, by improving seeds of high yielding crops and cultivating healthy fertile soils. A new on-the-spot soil testing kit will help meet this challenge.

Hatchets, Ratchets & Pivots: Book Talk by Ruth DeFries

by | 9.24.2014 at 5:04pm
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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.

New Executive Program on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture

by | 9.18.2014 at 4:52pm
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The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment will be addressing the challenges of sustainable agricultural investment in its inaugural Executive Training Program on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture, which will be held at Columbia University from March 8-13, 2015.