Category: General Earth Institute

Establishing Sustainability Indicators in China for Global Sustainable Development

by | 7.2.2015 at 10:39am

Last weekend, Earth Institute executive director Steven Cohen and post-doctoral research scholar Dong Guo participated in the Fourth Global Think Tank Summit in Beijing, hosted by the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE). CCIEE, the preeminent think tank in China headed by the former vice premier, hosted hundreds of politicians, scholars, business leaders, and experts from nearly 30 countries at the summit.

Vetlesen Science Prize Celebrated at Columbia Gala

by | 6.30.2015 at 2:23pm
The Vetlessen Prize 6-24-15

Stephen Sparks, one of the world’s foremost experts on volcanoes, received the Vetlesen Prize for his groundbreaking scientific work at a ceremony held June 24 at Columbia University. Two-hundred-fifty people attended the formal gathering in the Low Library Rotunda.

The Pope’s Challenge on Climate Change

by | 6.30.2015 at 1:37pm
Photo: Jason Farrar

Pope Francis’s broad-ranging encyclical warns that we are destroying our common home and face an immense and urgent challenge to protect it. But it goes far beyond just the subject of climate change, calling for a holistic and sustainable future.

Finding Pluto

by | 6.26.2015 at 11:00am
This summer, a space probe that has been traveling for 9 years will finally reach Pluto. Image: JHUAPL/SwRI

Far away, a beloved dot
Arcs through cold and shrouded spaces,
Not lonely, as we had once thought,
But circled by more rocky faces:

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Hosts New MPA Students

by | 6.23.2015 at 2:14pm
esp class

On Monday, June 22, the newest Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science & Policy (MPA-ESP) candidates spent a beautiful, sunny day touring Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, just a short bus ride away in Palisades, NY. Led by Environmental Chemistry professor Benjamin Bostick and Climatology professor Jason Smerdon, the students were exposed to many different areas of groundbreaking research that the world-class facility has to offer.

Apply Now for Fall Curriculum Grading Assistant Posts

by | 6.19.2015 at 11:21am

The Sustainability Management program is seeking candidates for curriculum and grading assistant positions for the fall 2015 semester. Read on for details.

Bringing a Passion for Nature to the Business World

by | 6.19.2015 at 9:56am
MS in Sustainability Management student Zach Bogoshian

Inspired by his childhood fascination with the outdoors, current Sustainability Management student Zach Bogoshian joined the program to implement lessons from nature to our current environmental challenges. In the program, this hopeful notion has manifested itself as a passion for creating innovative networks to connect people with sustainable solutions that don’t discount financial return. As Zach says, “If sustainability doesn’t make economic sense, the intrinsic motivation generated by pursuing sound environmental outcomes simply is not enough to effect change on the scale we need.”

Using Social Media for Food Security: Talk to Us

by | 6.18.2015 at 11:45am
rice planting Faripur Bangladesh DF 2015 crop

The 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security will feature a social media-savvy Junior Researcher Task Force, responsible for capturing and distributing via Twitter and blog posts the key insights and conversation topics that evolve during the conference. Read on to apply.

Anthropocene and Its Victims: Migration as Failure or Adaptive Strategy?

by | 6.17.2015 at 12:29pm

Gemenne argues that climate change is a form of political persecution, that victims of the anthropocene are also victims of political persecution, thus, we should reinstate the term “climate refugee.”

MPA Program Congratulates Graduates, Welcomes 52 New Students

by | 6.17.2015 at 11:58am
class of 2015 grad

The MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program is proud to congratulate the 59 members of the Class of 2015 who graduated from the School of International and Public Affairs on May 21 and welcomed 52 new students only five days later on May 26.