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Ensuring that Real Information and Analysis Impacts Decisions

We are in a new era of information, computation and communication, which requires that we develop new methods for verifying facts and data.

by |May 8, 2017
The Waggonwaybreen glacier in Svalbard. Photo: Andreas Weith

The Glaciers Are Going

Glaciers around the world have retreated at unprecedented rates and some have disappeared altogether. The melting of glaciers will affect drinking water supplies, water needed to grow food and supply energy, as well as global sea levels.

by |May 5, 2017
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Questions about the M.S. in Sustainability Management Program: Ask Marivi

Mariví Perdomo Caba (SUMA ’15) is currently SUMA program manager and the chair of the board at Big Island Group. She splits her time with working with the M.S. in Sustainability Management program and sustainability start-up ventures. Given her unique perspective, she is the perfect person to answer the most common questions asked about the program. The application deadline for the fall semester is May 15.

by |May 3, 2017
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Rock Samples Indicate Water is Key Ingredient for Crust Formation

By examining the cooling rate of rocks that formed more than 10 miles beneath the Earth’s surface, scientists led by The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences have found that water probably penetrates deep into the crust and upper mantle at mid-ocean spreading zones, the places where new crust is made.

by |May 3, 2017
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Sabin Center Launches Database of State Environmental Actions

The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law has partnered with StateAG.org to launch a new database to track environmental actions undertaken by state attorneys general.

by |May 3, 2017
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Does El Salvador’s Metal Mining Ban Suggest a Global Trend?

A number of national and local governments are tightening environmental regulations and shutting down specific mining projects, or in some cases the entire industry, due to environmental risks, including those related to water use and pollution.

by |May 2, 2017
With 9 million residents, Mexico City has a huge water demand but many problems providing enough for all of its citizens. Photo: tourist-destinations.com

To Ease Mexico City’s Water Woes, Look up, Study Suggests

For Mexico City’s biggest businesses and its poorest neighborhoods, rainwater harvesting could help address an enormous water crisis plaguing the city, a recent Columbia Water Center study found.

by |May 1, 2017
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The Progress Toward Sustainability

The effort to ensure that humans can continue to benefit from the miracle of this planet, and increase the distribution of those benefits to all of humanity is well underway. A positive vision of sustainability underlies much of the progress we have made thus far, and will be of increasing importance as the transition to a renewable resource based economy gains momentum.

by |May 1, 2017
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New York City: a Learning Lab for Sustainable Transportation

In partnership with the Earth Institute’s Center for Sustainable Urban Development, the M.S. in Sustainability Management program has developed an exciting new inter-disciplinary course entitled Access, Innovation, and the Urban Transportation Transition. This class draws on a series of lectures, a case study approach and experiential learning in New York City.

by |May 1, 2017
Heavy smoke blanketed Sumatra and Borneo in September and October 2015, as observed by NASA’s Terra satellite. (NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response.)

Rising Temperatures Lead to Increased Fire Risk in Indonesia

A new paper shows that rising temperatures have increased the risk of fires even during non-drought years in Indonesia, possibly making mild fire seasons in the country a thing of the past.

by |May 1, 2017