Environment Archives - State of the Planet

North American Coasts Are Absorbing Large Amounts of Carbon

Coastal waters play an important role in the carbon cycle by absorbing carbon into sediments or transferring it to the open ocean, a new study confirms.

by |April 13, 2018

The 100th Meridian, Where the Great Plains Begin, May Be Shifting

Two new papers find that the line that divides the moist East and arid West is edging eastward due to climate change—and the implications for farming and other pursuits could be huge.

by |April 11, 2018
Rain, stormwater, Water, drain

When It Rains, It Pours: The Effects of Stormwater Runoff

Stormwater runoff can cause a lot of problems in aquatic ecosystems. Here’s how you can help mitigate those effects.

by |April 3, 2018
white arctic fox in brown leaves

What Helps Animals Adapt (or Not) to Climate Change?

As our climate changes, some animals seem to be able to adapt while others cannot. What makes adaptation possible? Can humans help it along?

by |March 30, 2018

Photo Essay: The Re-Greening of Puerto Rico

Researchers survey the damage to Puerto Rico’s forests in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

by |March 22, 2018
Roary the lion at Columbia University

Director’s Office Internship Opening

Seeking a paid summer internship? Apply by April 6, 2018 to intern with the Director’s office at the Earth Institute. Columbia and Barnard students are eligible to apply.

by |March 20, 2018
people live on a raft in Bangladesh's Jamuna River

Climate Migrants Will Soon Shift Populations of Many Countries, Says World Bank

If emissions of greenhouse gases remain high, as many as 143 million “internal migrants” might move within their own countries by 2050.

by |March 19, 2018
Sarah Burns with Solar Panels

Sarah Burns Wants to Lead the Renewable Energy Transition

MPA-ESP student Sarah Burns plans to mitigate the effects of climate change through renewable energy.

by |March 8, 2018
Megan Ross

Megan Ross: Advancing Sustainability through Innovation and Cooperation

Sustainability Management graduate student Megan Ross thinks that banding together to advance sustainability might end up solving more than just climate change.  

by |March 7, 2018
Miriam Neilsen

Miriam Nielsen Wants to Share Science with the Masses

Bringing her media background to the MA Climate and Society program, Miriam Nielsen is ready to spark your interest in science and sustainability.

by |March 5, 2018