The Politics of Fracking: Polarization in New York State

by | 9.26.2014 at 8:45am
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While public opinion is fairly skewed against the fracking process, policy actors in New York State can best be described as polarized. Predictably, the pro-fracking group generally disagrees with environmental groups while the anti-fracking group generally disagrees with the oil industry. Policy actors in New York had stark differences in answers on a wide variety of questions.

8 Ways We Can Strengthen Development and Increase Climate Resilience

by | 9.25.2014 at 3:55pm
President Obama addresses the 2014 UN Climate Summit.

President Obama this week announced a set of actions designed to help populations here and abroad develop better resilience against drought, sea level rise and other consequences of a changing climate. At The Earth Institute, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society has been working on these issues for years — making regular climate forecasts, insuring farmers against bad weather, and using data to better anticipate outbreaks of disease, manage water resources and improve forest management, among other programs.

Join the Crowd: Scenes from the Climate March

by | 9.25.2014 at 1:49pm
People's Climate March, New York City, Jane Rebecca Marchant

Student Jane Rebecca Marchant was one among the hundreds of thousands who joined the People’s Climate March Sunday, and she took a lot of photos. You can see her photo essay on the march on the website of the Morningside Post, the student-run newspaper at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.

Revitalizing Africa’s Soils

by | 9.24.2014 at 8:53pm
Farmers in Tanzania. Photo: Gates Foundation

To feed our burgeoning global population, the world has to at least double crop yields by 2050, by improving seeds of high yielding crops and cultivating healthy fertile soils. A new on-the-spot soil testing kit will help meet this challenge.

Hatchets, Ratchets & Pivots: Book Talk by Ruth DeFries

by | 9.24.2014 at 5:04pm
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As Professor Ruth DeFries aptly stated in her opening remarks at yesterday’s book launch for “The Big Ratchet,” if you look at satellite pictures of the earth, you see the imprint of the human species everywhere. Humans have come to dominate the planet. But how did this come to be? This question, among others, is what DeFries hopes to answer in her new book, “The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis.” How did humans acquire the capability to spread out over the entire earth and control other species?

Featured Video: Sustainability Management Alumni Advance Careers

by | 9.24.2014 at 1:53pm
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Alumni of the Master of Science in Sustainability Management program are cultivating meaningful careers in both the public and private spheres. The featured video highlights alums working in a variety of capacities including Erin McNally (’13), a Project Manager and Energy Efficiency Consultant at Luthin Associates; Adam Gordon (’14), an Account Manager for Supply Chain at CDP; Henry Gordon-Smith (’13), the Director of Global Strategy at Blue Planet Environmental; and Masika Henson (’14), a fellow at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

MPA Students Join Thousands at People’s Climate March

by | 9.22.2014 at 1:06pm
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Members of the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy Class of 2015 joined a group of an estimated 400,000 New Yorkers and people from across the globe as members the People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21. The was organized in advance of the United Nations 2014 Climate Summit, which will take place in New York City on Tuesday, September 23. World leaders will gather in New York to address climate change and its impact on our planet.