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Want to Save the World? Start by Eating Less Beef

If we ate half as many burgers and steaks each week, a new study calculates that it could have a profound effect on carbon emissions and the environment.

by |December 4, 2017
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The Way We Were: Climate and Human Evolution

In a remote desert region around Kenya’s Lake Turkana, paleoecologist and geochemist Kevin Uno collects fossils and sediments, searching for evidence about past climate, vegetation, animals, and water. His goal: to understand how climate affected our ancestors millions of years ago.

by |December 1, 2017

Internship Opening Spring 2018

Are you a Columbia or Barnard student interested in interning at the Earth Institute? Apply by December 11 to work in the Executive Director’s office in 2018.

by |November 28, 2017

Ocean Sediments Off Pacific Coast May Feed Tsunami Danger

Tightly packed sediments help the Cascadia Subduction Zone generate large earthquakes, and could boost its ability to trigger a large tsunami.

by |November 20, 2017

NASA Finds New Way to Track Ozone By Satellite

Ozone pollution near Earth’s surface is one of the main ingredients of summertime smog. But it not directly measurable from space, due to the abundance of ozone higher in the atmosphere, which masks the surface. Now, researchers have devised a way to use satellite measurements of the precursor gases that contribute to ozone formation to predict when and where ozone will form.

by |November 6, 2017

Swapping Where Crops are Grown Could Feed an Extra 825 Million People

It could also reduce water stress, according to a new study that includes 14 major food crops from around the world.

by |November 6, 2017

Giant Boulders on Bahamas Coast Are Evidence of Ancient Storms and Sea Level, Says Study

A new study says that storms of intensities seen today, combined with a few meters increase in sea level, were enough to transport coastal boulders weighing hundreds of tons more than 100,000 year ago.

by |November 1, 2017

By 2100, Climate Change Could Alter Key Microbial Interactions in the Ocean

The warmer, more acidic waters caused by climate change influence the behavior of tiny marine organisms essential to ocean health.

by |October 31, 2017

Ice Sheets May Melt Rapidly in Response to Distant Volcanoes

A study of ancient eruptions shows modern ice sheets could be vulnerable.

by |October 24, 2017

Expedition Explores Undersea Rift off Greece

The Corinth rift is one of the most seismically active areas in Europe. Starting this month, researchers will drill into the rift to discover its past and future.

by |October 19, 2017