Preserving the Origins of Environmental Law for a New Generation of Leaders

by | 5.19.2015 at 12:41pm
Jorling Billings 1970

In fall 2014, Columbia University, through the School of International and Public Affairs, the School of Continuing Education and the Earth Institute, offered a never-before-taught class on “The Origins of Environmental Law.” While many courses teach the fundamentals of environmental law, this course spoke to the people and politics behind the creation of the legislation. The Earth Institute is excited to present a short film providing a glimpse into the importance of this course.

Donor Communications and Research Summer-Fall Internship Opportunity

by | 5.18.2015 at 11:31am

The Office of Funding Initiatives is seeking an intern to provide research and communications support for the summer and fall 2015 terms. Tasks will include donor/prospect research, database maintenance, mailing support and communications and writing.

Distilling Art from the Figures of Science

by | 5.18.2015 at 11:01am
monsoon graphic crop

Any researcher can attest to the fact that a scientific figure is worth more than a thousand words. Rarely do we take a step back to consider the inherent artistry in the figures created to convey the science.

Preparing Future Leaders through Partnerships

by | 5.18.2015 at 10:09am
A group of students showcase their Commitment to Action, the "Malaria Awareness Program", at the annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting

The latest Clinton Global Initiative University conference in March brought together students and influential world leaders to discuss projects in such areas as reforestation in Haiti, coastal resilience in Florida, mobile food trucks for disadvantaged areas and new mobile apps to address issues of public health.

Study Reveals Microbes’ Hidden Role in Fertilizing Oceans

by | 5.14.2015 at 2:12pm
In order to understand how phosphorus moves through the oceans, researchers did shipboard experiments with Trichodesmium, a type of bacteria that forms visible colonies. The test tube is about the diameter of a U.S. quarter. (Carly Buchwald, WHOI)

Surprisingly little has been known about how phosphorous, an essential nutrient, cycles through the oceans. A new study has broken through some of this mystery, by showing the hidden role that the oceans’ tiniest creatures play.

Bad Ozone Days in Western U.S. Linked to Pacific Weather

by | 5.12.2015 at 8:58am
La Nina illo jp2

A new study shows that ozone pollution in the western United States can be increased by La Niña, a natural weather cycle at the surface of the Pacific Ocean. The finding is the first to show that the La Nina-El Nino cycles directly affects pollution.

Putting Knowledge to Work in the Real World: The Capstone Projects

by | 5.11.2015 at 9:58am
Bo Ra Kim presents her team's project on marine debris.

The study of sustainability management and environmental policy is put to the test when applied to solving real world problems. Students in Columbia University’s Master of Science in Sustainability Management and Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy programs presented their final capstone projects done for real clients.