Glacial Earthquakes May Help Forecast Sea-Level Rise

by | 6.25.2015 at 2:21pm
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Glacial earthquakes are produced as massive ice chunks fall off the fronts of advancing glaciers into the ocean. A new study of the quakes’ mechanics may give scientists a way to measure ice loss remotely and refine predictions of sea-level rise.

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Hosts New MPA Students

by | 6.23.2015 at 2:14pm
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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.

Subsurface Discovery Sprouts a New Branch on the Tree of Life

by | 6.22.2015 at 9:27am
This schematic of the tree of life details the novel phylogenetic placement of newly discovered bacterial groups.

Last week a study published in Nature pulled the veil on a branch of the bacterial tree of life that has evaded detection for nearly a century and a half. The study used cutting edge genome sequencing and savvy bioinformatics techniques to make this remarkable discovery.

Apply Now for Fall Curriculum Grading Assistant Posts

by | 6.19.2015 at 11:21am
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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
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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.

The Environmental Paradox: Escalating Conflict and Bringing Peace in the Middle East

by | 6.17.2015 at 2:47pm
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Throughout history, land has been a source of conflict between different stakeholders who want to control it. Increasingly, environmental issues surrounding land are playing a role in conflict discourse in the Middle East.