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Columbia Affirms Commitment to Climate Action

Columbia joins leaders from across higher education, the private sector and state and local governments in affirming their commitment to the Paris Agreement.

by |June 6, 2017
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Webcast Today: Rich and Poor, and the Essence of El Niño

How does El Niño work, and how does it affect our climate, food supplies and water availability? The two men whose scientific work has been key to solving these puzzles will be honored Wednesday with the Vetlesen Prize, marking a major achievement in Earth sciences. And this afternoon, they’ll have something to say about it in a webcast lecture.

by |April 18, 2017

Science And Sustainability Management: 20 Years of Columbia’s Earth Institute

This fall, Columbia University’s Earth Institute will mark its 20th anniversary. There were two central ideas that animated the creation of this university-wide institute. The first was to promote basic understanding of earth system science, and the second was to apply that knowledge to decisions made by governments and businesses around the world.

by |July 5, 2016
In East Jerusalem, neighborhoods like this are largely unplanned. Both road construction and housing construction is unpermitted and thus not eligible to receive municipal services.  Photo: Alejandra Pérez-Plá

Land and Conflict in East Jerusalem: the Role of Urban Planning

Without an urban civil culture, it is impossible to promote political and economic participation, and a non-unified Jerusalem will remain.

by |June 22, 2016
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Crossing Boundaries for the Environment

It is not the concept of a borderless nature that should serve as a model to facilitate cross-border dialogue and cooperation. Rather, it is that nature’s systems are interconnected and their borders are open to exchange.

by |June 21, 2016
Students from Columbia University and Tel Aviv University touring the grounds of the Al Baqoura Peace Park with representatives of Eco Peace. Photo: Josh Fisher

In an Environmental and Political Conflict Zone, Hope for Peace

The Middle East is the only place on earth where the neighbors are so close and so far at the same time.

by |June 14, 2016
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How to Wrap Your Head Around Dead Sea Rehabilitation

The Dead Sea has been receding at an average rate of 1 meter per year. How can this important historic, cultural and environmental landmark be rehabilitated in one of the world’s driest regions while improving water access for Israel, Palestine and Jordan?

by |June 13, 2016
At the Jordan-Israel border.

Students Travel to the Middle East

Students from Columbia University and Tel Aviv University are traveling through Jordan and Israel to learn about environmental challenges facing the two countries. They’ll be posting here about their experiences. You can also follow them on social media at #CUJordanIsrael2016.

by |May 25, 2016
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Ruth DeFries, Jeffrey Sachs Named University Professors

Ruth DeFries and Jeffrey Sachs have been named University Professors, the highest rank Columbia University bestows on its faculty.

by |April 13, 2016

A Well-Deserved Honor for Mayor David Dinkins

David Dinkins represents a time when public service was considered a calling. From his service in the U.S. Marines, to his time in the New York State legislature, his service as New York City Clerk, Borough President, Mayor and now Professor; he has always looked for ways to make a contribution to the public good.

by |October 5, 2015