State of the Planet - News from the Earth Institute

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Study Bolsters Case That Climate Change Is Driving Many California Wildfires

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How a Drilling Ship Pulls Cores From 2.5 Miles Below the Sea

Recovering ancient seafloor sediments requires complicated machinery and a skilled crew.

by |July 19, 2019
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New Book Highlights Threatened Plants of the Tropical Andes

It includes species that live nowhere else on Earth, and emphasizes the need to protect these unique mountain forests.

by |July 19, 2019
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Sustainability Management Faculty Attend Global Impact and Sustainable Finance Consortium

Bhakti Mirchandani and Curtis Probst, lecturers in Columbia University’s Sustainability Management program, attended the group’s third annual gathering.

by |July 18, 2019
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Rescuing 50 Years of Apollo Sample Data

The Apollo missions brought back unique samples from the moon that have been analyzed by researchers around the world. This data is getting lost and forgotten. A new database collects it and makes it easy to find and use.

by |July 18, 2019
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Conference Raises Tough Questions About Retreat from Rising Seas

Hundreds of experts gathered on campus to discuss possibilities for protecting coastal communities and withdrawing when we can no longer safely inhabit our coastlines.

by |July 17, 2019