Environmental Science

Mike Tuckfelt, MPA ESP Class of 2018

Why This Marine Corps Veteran is Studying Sustainability Policy

Mike Tuckfelt is a current MPA in Environmental Science and Policy student and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. In an interview, he talks about his goal of learning how to influence sustainability policy and how to educate decision-makers about sustainability issues.

by |August 7, 2017
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Faculty Profile: Michael Puma, Professor of Hydrology

Dr. Michael Puma, a Climate and Life Fellow at Columbia University and the Director of the Center for Climate Systems Research at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, teaches hydrology in the summer semester for the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy Program.

by |July 25, 2017
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MPA-ESP students visit the Gowanus Canal to learn about urban contamination

The newest cohort of MPA Environmental Science and Policy students went on a field trip to the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn with professors Benjamin Bostick and Michael Musso to learn about the challenges of a dense mixed-use urban landscape.

by |July 20, 2017
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MPA-ESP Students tour world-class earth science research campus

The newest cohort of MPA Environmental Science and Policy students received a faculty-led tour of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory to learn about the innovative climate and environment research being carried out at one of the world’s leading research facilities.

by |July 6, 2017
Grasberg mine in Indonesia  (Photo credit: Paul Q. Warren)

Challenges for Governments Seeking to Get Most Out of Natural Resources

On March 2, 2017, Tanzania banned all exports of unprocessed gold and copper concentrates. The measure was taken in order to force companies to set up in-country processing of raw materials, with hopes of fostering the development of a smelter in the country.

by |June 29, 2017
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Students Design Communications Plan for Conservation Organization

Students in the MPA Environmental Science and Policy program consulted with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to create a strategic communications plan, raising awareness of elephant and rhino conservation efforts.

by |May 23, 2017
Irrigation in Salinas, Calif. Depletion of groundwater resources in the United States and other major food exporters could eventually threaten food security around the world, a new study says. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Study: Overuse of Water Threatens Global Food Supply

In recent years, scientists have revealed that we are depleting our global groundwater reserves at an alarming rate. Now researchers have shown that a significant share of this unsustainable water use fuels the global food trade, which means water exhaustion in supplier nations could ripple outward, causing food crises half way across globe.

by |May 8, 2017
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Student Profile: Iara Vicente – From the Amazon to the World

“This program provided me a much-needed balance between building public administration capacity, scientific proficiency and a deep understanding of ethical and political implications. It is a program that has a clear objective: to promote sustainability worldwide.”

by |March 29, 2017
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Park Williams Discovers History and Science in a Tree Ring

Park Williams studies trees and climate, in particular the causes of drought and the effects of climate change on forests. In this latest in a series of Earth Institute videos, we spoke to him about what he does, what’s important about it, and how his interest in history and environmental science blended into a career.

by |March 24, 2017
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Renewable Energy With or Without Climate Change

While renewable energy will go a long way to addressing the climate change issue, its development does not require a concern for climate change. The argument for renewable energy is that it is the logical next phase of technological development.

by |February 13, 2017