Tag: health

Toxic Chemicals All Around Us: Is Green Chemistry the Answer?

by | 12.8.2014 at 3:40pm
Photo: Queens University

We live in a world filled with synthetic chemicals, many with known or suspected health hazards. Can green chemistry, the design of chemical products without hazardous substances, provide a solution?

Photo Essay: Studying Fracking’s Effects, Up Close and Personal

by | 9.2.2014 at 1:38pm
Geochemist Beizhan Yan of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is studying the environmental effects. His vest carries sensors to record air quality and noise levels as  he walks.

Ten years ago, hydraulic fracturing barely existed. Today 45,000 fracked wells produce natural gas, providing energy for millions of homes and businesses, and nearly a quarter of the nation’s electricity. But scientists are far behind in understanding how this boom affects people near wells. Geochemists Beizhan Yan and James Ross of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory are trying to fill in this gap.

Helping Young Women Become Leaders in Uganda

by | 5.1.2014 at 12:28pm

The HIV program at the Earth Institute is helping girls and young women in the Millennium Village of Ruhiira through education, mentorship, health care and business enterprise.

From the Atmosphere to Asthma: Exploring the Field of Environmental Health

by | 1.31.2014 at 12:00pm

The Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development kicked off their Spring 2014 Speaker Series with Dr. Regina Santella, Center Director of the NIEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan, who spoke on the Center’s mission as well as her own research against deadly diseases.

CUriosity3: Intersection Between Arts and Sciences

by | 10.30.2013 at 12:15pm

Join instructors from our Executive Education Certificate Program in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability including Dr. Shahid Naeem, Dr. Matt Palmer, and Dr. Eric Sanderson. for a FREE public seminar program addressing the intersection between Arts and Science with the goal of initiating discussions and debate around the common ground of creative practice and scientific discovery.

Program on Child Well-Being and Resilience

by | 10.29.2013 at 3:01pm

The study of child vulnerability and resilience in planning for, responding to, and recovering from mega-disasters is a key area of focus for Earth Institute’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness. Because of the importance and complexity of these issues and the urgency of making sure that children are appropriately protected and nurtured, policies and programs need to support children and their physical, cognitive and emotional development.

Climate and Society Students ‘Develop’ Research for NASA, IRI

by | 4.12.2013 at 2:07pm
Satellite image courtesy NASA Goddard

Two Climate and Society students are working on a NASA DEVELOP project at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society. Learn about the research and visit their virtual posters.

Decision Making Under Uncertainty at AAAS

by | 2.15.2013 at 4:26pm
Matt Sisco

Researchers from the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions will participate in a poster session featuring the work of each center funded under the National Science Foundation’s “Decision Making Under Uncertainty” grant. Nada Petrovic and Lisa Zaval will present the poster “What’s in a frame when it comes to fossil fuels: Does health matter more than climate change?” and Matt Sisco will present the poster “Why do people care about sea lions? A fishing game to study the value of endangered species.”

Visualizing Malaria from Space

by | 11.30.2012 at 5:42pm

Public health professionals are increasingly concerned about the impact climate variability and change can have on infectious diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and bacterial meningitis. However, in order to study the relationships between climate and …

Partnership in Action: Lessons Learned Following Haiti Floods

by | 10.21.2011 at 9:59am | 3 Comments
A boy stands in front of his home after the floods have receded, in Coteaux. There, fast-moving flood waters brought silt and debris along with them. After the waters receded, the heavy rubble was left behind.

Flood relief efforts, immediate needs assessments, and coordinated damage assessments in Haiti’s Côte Sud region are underway following the rains and flooding that began October 9 and continued through October 11. The Earth Institute Haiti team, working through the CSI partnership, Millennium Village Project (MVP) sector leads, and with the Government of Haiti, are jointly []