State of the Planet - News from the Earth Institute

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The Shutdown Is Clearing New York’s Air. Don’t Cheer Too Hard.

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COVID-19 Policy Could Lead to a Spike in Methane Emissions

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has announced that during the COVID-19 pandemic it will “exercise discretion” in enforcing natural gas pipeline safety regulations.

by Romany Webb |April 10, 2020

Examining How Early Humans Responded to Climate Change

Kevin Uno, a Center for Climate and Life Fellow, studies how abrupt changes in climate affected Neolithic human settlement, diet, and abandonment in northwest Africa.

by |April 9, 2020
Jacky Austermann, Billy D'Andrea, and Roger Creel conducting field research in the Bahamas.

RSVP for the Spring 2020 Earth Institute Research Showcase

See interviews with Earth Institute students and join us virtually for the Earth Institute Research Showcase on April 10.

by Sydney Proffitt |April 9, 2020
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Remote Summer 2020 Internships With the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

Interns will assist the center in its mission to develop and disseminate solutions that maximize the impact of international investment for sustainable development.

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COVID-19 Provides Lessons on Climate Adaptation for Cities

Some policies can simultaneously address public health threats, reduce emissions and provide for a city’s recovery.

by Amy Turner |April 8, 2020