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Can Soil Help Combat Climate Change?

Soil naturally absorbs a huge amount of carbon. Some scientists think we can use it to our advantage in the fight against global warming.

by |February 21, 2018

Researchers Map High Levels of Drugs in the Hudson River

In a new study, researchers have mapped out a large variety of discarded pharmaceuticals dissolved throughout the Hudson River. They say that in some places, levels may be high enough to potentially affect aquatic life.

by |February 19, 2018

Trump’s Energy Dominance and the Future of Fossil Fuels

We have a presidency and an energy policy that is seeking to achieve fossil fuel dominance at the very moment that the rest of the world is desperately working to replace those fuels with renewable alternatives.

by |February 19, 2018

Transition to Seismology Scouting

As we finished scouting and installing the GPS stations, we started to assist the seismology team in getting permission to install there instruments in Tea Estates.

by |February 18, 2018
Thomas Abdallah on the NYC subway.

The Mass Transit Man

Thomas Abdallah, adjunct professor at Columbia University, is working to make the NYC subway system more sustainable.

by |February 16, 2018
trump signing orders

U.S. Climate Change Litigation in the Age of Trump: Year One

A new working paper from the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law analyzes 2017’s climate-related lawsuits.

SIPA Israel Delegation Trip: Cooperation through Sustainability

This student-led initiative takes graduate students to Israel for a rich exchange of ideas. This year’s trip focused on environmentalism, resource management, and climate change.

by |February 14, 2018

Finishing the GPS Scouting

We drove through the hills of Sylhet passed rice fields and tea plantations, and through woods looking for appropriate spots to install our GPS systems.

by |February 14, 2018

Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork: 2018 and Beyond

On every continent and every ocean, Earth Institute researchers are studying climate, geology, natural hazards, ecology and more. Here is a list of projects in rough chronological order.

by |February 14, 2018
net and boat

Exploring the Microbiome of an Ocean Bacteria

Braving the high seas and a curious shark, a team of scientists taps into the secret social life of a microbe that’s crucial for marine ecosystems.

by |February 12, 2018