Category: Ecosystems

Our Fiscal Year Ends June 30: Donate Now to Help Us Finish Strong!

by | 6.26.2014 at 4:47pm
Donate Now

The end of our fiscal year is just one week away and we need your support more than ever. This year, the generosity of Earth Institute supporters allowed our award-winning scientists and researchers to pursue groundbreaking initiatives in the fields of earth and environmental sciences, ecology, engineering and architecture, law, medicine and public health, economics, political science, public policy, ethics and management, and more to advance global sustainable development.

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.

Fund Pledges $2.5 Million for Disaster Preparedness Center

by | 6.13.2014 at 2:26pm
Moore, Okla., May 29, 2013 -- Moore residents visit their tornado destroyed property as volunteers clean up the debris. The Moore area was struck by a F5 tornado on May 20, 2013. Andrea Booher/FEMA

The National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute maintains a strong working partnership with the Children’s Health Fund, a national organization that supports pediatric care for underserved children. Over the past decade, the center has engaged in a number of projects funded by the fund, which recently announced its renewed support with a $2.5 million pledge.

Some Do Not Like It Hot

by | 5.30.2014 at 2:35pm
early Triassic, Image: Sun et al. 2012, Science

The Great Dying, The Big One — The Permo-Triassic!
(In a time machine, not sure if that’s where I’d aim …)
As extinctions go, this one’s a blockbuster classic,
When most of Earth’s species dropped out of the game.

Climate and the Opal Artisans of the Sea

by | 5.12.2014 at 11:13am
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Tiny one-celled organisms called radiolaria are ubiquitous in the oceans, but various species prefer distinct habitats. Thus it aroused considerable intrigue in 2012 when protozoa specialist O. Roger Anderson and colleagues published a study showing that radiolaria normally found near the equator were suddenly floating around in arctic waters above Norway. Was this a sign that global climate change was bringing an invasion of warm-weather plankton?

Amid a Fossil Bonanza, Drilling Deep into Pre-Dinosaurian Rocks

by | 4.29.2014 at 1:40pm
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On a high ridge in Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park, paleontologist Paul Olsen sits on the fallen trunk of a 215-million-year-old tree, now turned to stone. The tree once loomed 70 or 80 feet above a riverine landscape teeming with fish, turtles, giant crocodilians and tiny, early species of dinosaurs.

Photo Essay: Unearthing the Lost World Below a Petrified Forest

by | 4.29.2014 at 1:39pm
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In Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park, researchers are scouring the fossil-rich surface and drilling deep into ancient rocks to learn what happened during the late Triassic, some 201 million to 235 million years ago.

Lords of the Past

by | 4.11.2014 at 10:21am | 1 Comment
Paraceraurus trilobite, Ordovician, from the Volchow River, Russia. Photo: Vassil/Alias Collections.

With life, legged and finned, Earth had been teeming,
Slitherers, predators, graceful trees tall …
Now, of these species, we are only dreaming:
Glossopteris, trilobites, eurypterids, all.

Getting a Whiff of Climate Change

by | 4.9.2014 at 11:24am
forest fire Wharton fire New York City

Monday was the day when millions of people in New York and New Jersey learned what climate change smells like, or at least what one of its aromas is.

Climate Change: a Matter of Public Health

by | 4.7.2014 at 6:19pm
Women, babies, Ekwendeni Mission Hospital, Mzimba District, Malawi

People have tried to cast climate change as an environmental issue, a social justice issue and a development issue. Madeleine Thomson of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society argues climate change can be understood much better if we consider it an issue of global public health.