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Tracking the Kilauea Eruption

Volcanologist Einat Lev is tracking lava flows at Hawaii’s volcanic eruption. Here, she describes what conditions are like on the ground—and in the sky.

by |May 22, 2018

How Australia Got Planted

A new study has uncovered when and why the native vegetation that today dominates much of Australia first expanded across the continent.

by |May 21, 2018
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New Round of Funding Supports Earth Institute Research Around the Globe

The President’s Global Innovation Fund will provide grants to four Earth Institute research projects.

by |May 18, 2018

In India, Dirty Air Kills as Easily in the Country as in the City

A forthcoming study of northern India suggests that people living in rural areas are as likely to die prematurely from the effects of poor air quality as those living in cities.

by |May 16, 2018

Photo Essay: How High Could Seas Rise?

Columbia scientists recently visited the Caribbean island of Barbados, whose fossilized coral reefs contain an exquisite record of how the ocean has risen and fallen in the past.

by |May 14, 2018

How High Can Seas Rise? On a Tropical Isle, the Answers Are Not Always Obvious.

To help predict the future of sea level rise, scientists are studying ancient corals on the island of Barbados.

by |May 14, 2018

What You Can Do to Fight Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution can feel overwhelming, but here are some concrete actions we can all take to make a difference.

by |May 11, 2018

In Ancient Rocks, Scientists See a Climate Cycle Working Across Deep Time

A gradual shift in Earth’s orbit that repeats every 405,000 years plays a role in natural climate swings.

by |May 7, 2018
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Digging Into Easter Island’s Climate History

Sediments deposited over thousands of years provide a window to the past—and may perhaps shed light on what happened to the island’s now-lost civilization.

by |May 2, 2018

To Save Coastal Property from Rising Seas, We Need Collaborative Planning

Climate scientist Radley Horton is bringing the effects of sea level rise to decision-makers, and fostering discussions to help society confront climate change.

by |May 1, 2018