Category: General Earth Institute

Join the Earth Institute for Climate Week NYC

by | 9.15.2014 at 1:24pm

From heads of state to ordinary citizens, thousands of people will gather for more than 100 events during Climate Week NYC. They’ll be talking and debating the rights of nature, corporate leadership, the threat from rising seas, innovations for social good and innumerable other topics. The Earth Institute and its centers will be engaged in several events.

The Columbia Geology Tour: Stories in the Stones

by | 9.15.2014 at 9:00am | 1 Comment
David Walker. Photo: Kim Martineau

For the last decade or so, Columbia University geologist David Walker has led students and colleagues on a tour of the geologic gems hiding within Columbia’s McKim, Mead and White campus in Morningside Heights. Along the way, Walker points to evidence of how life on earth and the planet itself has evolved over its 4.5 billion year history.

Graceful, Tiny, Toothy Ancestors

by | 9.12.2014 at 10:00am
An artist's illustration of the tree-dwelling mammal Xianshou songae (by Zhao Chuang). The discovery of three new Jurassic species suggests that mammals evolved earlier and diversified more rapidly thank previously thought.

With body spry, tail curly,
This mammal showed up early.

Sustainability Management Alum Transitions to Career in Public Sector

by | 9.11.2014 at 11:38am
MS in Sustainability Management alum Harry McLellan ('14)

Master of Science in Sustainability Management alum Harry McLellan (’14) has always had an interest in the built environment. Prior to joining the program, he worked as a construction lawyer for 25 years. Now, working as a Senior Counsel in the Law Department of the City of New York’s Commercial and Real Estate Litigation Division, Harry hopes to integrate environmental concerns by promoting public works projects.

How Can Federal and City Governments Cooperate? The Case of Green Infrastructure

by | 9.9.2014 at 3:19pm

With support from the Earth Institute, writers Caswell Holloway, Carter Strickland, Michael Gerrard, and Daniel Firger recently published “Solving the CSO Conundrum: Green Infrastructure and the Unfulfilled Promise of Federal-Municipal Cooperation” in Harvard Environmental Law Review. The authors propose regulatory and policy reform to develop comprehensive, locally led infrastructure and sustainability initiatives that improve public health and the environment. They look specifically at the case of water management as an opportunity for federal and local governments to work cooperatively, specifically through the implementation of green infrastructure systems.

MPA Program: Apply Now for Fellowship Opportunities

by | 9.8.2014 at 1:35pm
8.13 Alma Mater

The early decision deadline to apply for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs is approaching on November 1. By submitting your application for our early decision deadline, you will be considered for a prestigious Environmental Sustainability Fellows award, so start your application today!


by | 9.5.2014 at 8:00am
An artist's vision of how Dreadnoughtus schrani would have appeared. Credit: Jennifer Hall

If you, like me, are something of a paleo-romantic,
Swooning over dinosaurs both fearsome and gigantic,
Come feast your eyes on new reports the bone-hunters have brought us:
“Fearing nothing” means its name – the mighty beast Dreadnoughtus!

How Climate Change Is Exacerbating the Spread of Disease

by | 9.4.2014 at 10:38pm
Malaria mosquito taking a blood meal

Contagious diseases are on the rise as a result of climate change and other rapid environmental and social changes. A number of climate-sensitive diseases are expected to worsen with higher temperatures and more extreme weather.

Internship Opportunities with the Earth Institute Director’s Office

by | 9.4.2014 at 12:53pm

The Office of the Director of the Earth Institute is offering two internship opportunities: the Administration, Communications, and Research, Director’s Office (DO) internship; and the Communications, Research, Writing and Event-Planning Internship. Both will work with the Office of the Director.

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.