Poverty / Development Archives - State of the Planet

How Will People Move as Climate Changes?

A new model estimates how many climate migrants there will be, where they are likely to go, and what effects they might have on the places to which they move.

by |June 13, 2018
Virtual reality teacher training

Stepping into a Virtual Reality Classroom for Teacher Training

Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Development is testing a virtual reality module to help train teachers in a comfortable and individual virtual space.

by |June 8, 2018
Ajay Mathur

How India is Striking a Balance Between Energy and Emissions

Ajay Mathur, a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change, discusses the outlook for energy supply and demand in India, including the critical role that solar power could play in coming years.

by |June 5, 2018
women activists at workshop

Reimagining Peace and Security: The Women, Peace and Security Inaugural Workshop

Last week, a diverse group of activists, practitioners, and academics from across the U.S. came together to discuss building collective action for peace and social change.

by |May 29, 2018

In India, Dirty Air Kills as Easily in the Country as in the City

A forthcoming study of northern India suggests that people living in rural areas are as likely to die prematurely from the effects of poor air quality as those living in cities.

by |May 16, 2018
united nations in bangkok

To Sustain Peace, UN Should Embrace Complexity and Be UN-Heroic

A new report from the United Nations lays out new goals for building and keeping peace, but will likely face several challenges.

by |March 22, 2018
people live on a raft in Bangladesh's Jamuna River

Climate Migrants Will Soon Shift Populations of Many Countries, Says World Bank

If emissions of greenhouse gases remain high, as many as 143 million “internal migrants” might move within their own countries by 2050.

by |March 19, 2018
Young women learn traditional basket weaving

Celebrating Young Women’s Economic Empowerment for International Women’s Day 2018

Women today are completing higher levels of education and taking on more leadership roles, yet many barriers to economic empowerment still persist.

by |March 8, 2018
climate migrantion

Hotter Temperatures Will Accelerate Migration of Asylum-Seekers to Europe, Says Study

If carbon emissions hold steady, a new study in Science predicts that the European Union could face a massive influx by 2100.

by |December 21, 2017

Photo Essay: The Dead Sea, Living Waters and Megadrought

Thousands of years before Biblical times, during a period when temperatures were unusually high, the lands around the Dead Sea now occupied by Israel, Jordan and surrounding nations suffered megadroughts far worse than any recorded by humans. Warming climate now threatens to return such conditions to this already hard-pressed region.

by |October 31, 2017