Category: Gender Equality

Teen Literacy in Nigeria is Lower in the North

Map showing teen literacy rates in Nigeria, 2006

In Nigeria, differences in adolescent literacy rates between states are striking—higher in the South and lower in the Northeast.

Webinar Sept. 8 on Proposed Sustainable Development Goals

by | 8.21.2014 at 5:03pm
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Researcher Magdalena A K Muir will present a live webinar, “The UN Sustainable Development Goals: Setting an Agenda for Sustainability,” as part of the Association for Environmental Studies and Educators Webinar Series.

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

by | 6.26.2014 at 4:47pm
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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.

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.

Science and Solutions for Sustainable Development: 2013 Annual Report

by | 2.17.2014 at 1:51pm
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The Earth Institute is grateful to its many partners for their important role in the effort to develop the science and solutions necessary for sustainable development. Please visit the interactive digital 2013 Annual Report to read more about how we are forging partnerships across disciplines and sectors to advance the global effort to guide our planet onto a path toward sustainability.

Green Films for Earth Day 2013

by | 4.18.2013 at 1:24pm | 1 Comment
Texas wind farmer Cliff Etheredge. Photo credit: Peter Byck

Mothers, carbon, trash, vanishing ice and “secret lives”: Watch a movie for Earth Day and learn.

Millennium City and Millennium Village Students ‘Stand Up for Girls’ on International Day of the Girl

by | 10.21.2012 at 4:26pm | 1 Comment
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In sub-Saharan Africa, only 63 percent of girls complete their schooling, according to the World Bank. Yet our own research in the Millennium Cities indicates that girls who continue their education will have far greater opportunities, and they will be in a better position to care for themselves and their families. To celebrate the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl, by “Standing Up for Girls” and their right to a quality education, a number of the Millennium Cities and Millennium Villages Project sites held rallies, marched and participated in debates on girls’ issues.

IKEA Foundation Pledges $2.5 Million to Earth Institute Project in India

by | 9.20.2012 at 2:19pm | 1 Comment
Schoolchildren in Assam, India. Photo: Michael Foley/World Bank.

In partnership with Earth Institute researchers, the IKEA Foundation has pledged over $2.5 million to help improve the quality of education through pilot projects in two Indian states.

Master of It All: One Woman Scientist Pays Tribute to Another

by | 8.24.2012 at 1:31pm
Kastens has taken a half-dozen dives to the ocean floor in the submersible Alvin (pictured above); all dives were on the East Pacific Rise, a mid-oceanic ridge in the Pacific Ocean. (Anita Brosius)

Lamont-Doherty geophysicist Robin Bell pays tribute to colleague Kim Kastens who is retiring from Lamont after 31 years. Kastens was the first woman co-chief scientist on the JOIDES Resolution, first woman faculty member to join Columbia’s geology department, founder of Columbia’s joint journalism and environmental science master’s program and a pioneer in the field of geoscience education research.

Goals for Rio: A Path to Sustainability

by | 6.8.2012 at 4:47pm
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In an article published in The Lancet, Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs outlines his own ideas for sustainable development goals, and how how these goals can build on the Millennium Development Goals, the UN’s set of targets that aim to reduce extreme poverty and boost social well-being in many other ways by 2015.