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Vilma Rivera Gallagher at the Earth Institute holiday party in 2016.

Behind the Science: Our Distinguished Staff

Get to know the 2016 and 2015 winners of the Earth Institute’s Distinguished Staff Award, and consider nominating a colleague for 2017.

by |October 25, 2017
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Why Climate Change Matters

Climate change is a test of our ability to identify, understand and act on critical global environmental issues. It tests our ability to work across national borders and across academic and professional fields of knowledge.

by |August 28, 2017
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Trump’s Budget will Harm the Planet and the Economy

Trump’s proposed budget includes an effort to shrink funding for university-based science research and the national labs run by the Department of Energy. Research on fundamental earth systems science is also cut as is funding for state environmental agencies and national environmental emergency response.

by |March 20, 2017
Steven Cohen, August 11, 2015

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Watch: a Positive Vision of Sustainability

How do we transition to sustainability in a positive and effective way? In this video, Steven Cohen, executive director of the Earth Institute, discusses a positive vision of sustainability—one that avoids the gloom and doom rhetoric so often seen in headlines—and focuses on the technology, ingenuity and innovation that can build a sustainable economy.

by |February 26, 2016
Sunset over the South Pacific ocean at the end of Station One.

Trichodesmium is Everywhere!

We have completed the first two stations of the OUTPACE cruise and we are steaming to Station 3. By noon tomorrow we should be in the center of an eddy that our colleagues back on dry land have used satellite data to identify.

by |March 5, 2015
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The Hottest Thing Since the Hadean Eon

Presenting the 2014 Climate Models wall calendar: the only calendar on Earth that shares the planet’s hottest climate science and the people behind it.

by |October 28, 2013
Andy Juhl lowers ROV Brinson into the Arctic Ocean.

Science, Creativity and Isopods

It’s near midnight and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory researchers Andy Juhl and Craig Aumack, and Arizona State’s Kyle Kinzler are gathered around a table in their lab at the Barrow Arctic Research Consortium discussing the best way to catch an isopod.

by |May 27, 2013
Andy Juhl records the temperature of the ice every 10cm for the length of the core.

Collecting Core Data About Arctic Ecosystems

Our team spent most of Friday on the Arctic sea ice, drilling and sampling ice cores at our main field site. For each core collected, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory scientists Andy Juhl and Craig Aumack take a number of different physical, chemical and biological measurements

by |May 20, 2013
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What Lies Beneath Arctic Ice?

On Thursday we lowered a camera into an ice borehole to get a look at the underside of the ice. In the following video, you can clearly see the algae living in the bottom of the ice due to their pigments, which they use to harvest light.

by |May 19, 2013
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Columbia-PepsiCo Collaboration Creates Tool for Calculating Carbon Footprints

Researchers at the Earth Institute’s Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy working in collaboration with PepsiCo, Inc. have developed new software that rapidly calculates the carbon footprints of thousands of products simultaneously.

by |October 17, 2012