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High Levels of Lead Contaminate Many Backyards in Brooklyn Neighborhood

An ongoing study finds that 92 percent of private yards in Greenpoint may have unsafe levels of lead in their soil.

by |October 9, 2017
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Leader of the World Health Organization Praises Columbia’s New Public Health Program

Tedros Adhanom called the new Global Health Security and Diplomacy program ‘a gift’ in the fight against complex global health problems.

by |September 21, 2017
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Jeffrey Shaman: What Makes the Flu Spread?

The onset of flu season each year comes as no surprise. But what is surprising is that we don’t know exactly how the flu spreads. Jeffrey Shaman is working on that.

by |July 10, 2017
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Track Mosquitoes with your Smartphone

Using crowd-sourced data, the Bitebytes app can educate the public on mosquitoes, the diseases they transmit, and mosquito habitat control, while allowing cities to target key areas to help control the potential for the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.

by |June 6, 2017
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A Small Senate Victory Maintains Methane Regulation

While I see little hope of modernizing the environmental regulatory structure under the current regime, last week provided some hope that the U.S. Senate won’t allow our environmental laws to be dismantled.

by |May 15, 2017
Students in the “Challenges of Sustainable Development” course presented their solutions for the problem of air pollution and haze in Singapore at Bard College’s Third Annual Asia and the Environment Research Conference. From left: instructor Jason Wong, Annie Block, Chelsea Jean-Michel, Marchelle Lundquist, Elsie Platzer, Francesca Merrick and Bennett Smith.

With a Little Software Magic, Students Create Pollution Solutions

Undergraduate sustainability students explored innovative software and 3D printing to create a set of possible solutions to help Singapore cope with a big problem: haze and air pollution drifting over the city state from burning forests in neighboring Indonesia.

by |April 20, 2017

Earth Institute Spring 2017 Internships

This spring, The Earth Institute is offering students opportunities to work as interns within various departments and research centers at the institute. All full-time Columbia and Barnard students are eligible to apply.

by |December 28, 2016
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The World Trade Center Disaster And Our Toxic World

In a dangerous world we must be vigilant in the face of evil, but we must also do our best to reduce self-inflicted wounds. We can do a better job of detoxifying our technology, and of helping those who are victims of attacks and disasters. We owe it to our children and the planet they will inherit.

by |September 12, 2016
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Climate Change and the Complexity of Science

The diplomatic debate about phasing out HFCs has been underway for seven years, but the technology of refrigerant coolants appears to have finally caught up with the need for replacement technology. Once replacement technology is available, diplomacy becomes possible.

by |July 25, 2016
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Changing Environmental Values and a Changing World

I believe that concern over tap water is part of the growing movement for locally-sourced food, physical fitness, and what has been termed “wellness.” The underlying source of support for environmental protection is a growing understanding of the relationship between a toxic environment and human health.

by |July 18, 2016