State of the Planet - News from the Earth Institute

Deep Channels Linking Antarctic Glacier’s Underside to Ocean Could Hasten Melting

Melting Glacier Floods Arctic Coal Mine, Highlighting Climate Change Paradox

Coal mining in Svalbard has long been criticized for the contradictions of allowing the fossil fuel industry to operate in a place where climate changes are felt more harshly than anywhere else on Earth.

by |September 18, 2020
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Alumni Spotlight: Milo McBride, Climate Advocate and Creative Thinker

The recent graduate shares highlights from his time in the Environmental Science and Policy program, and advice for current students.

by Jiaqi Wang |September 17, 2020
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Perfume Fragrances Found in Glacial Ice on Russia’s Mount Elbrus

An ice core records the dramatic increase in the use of perfumes and other personal care products between the 1930s and 2005.

by |September 17, 2020
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Seismic Monitoring May Improve Early Warnings for Glacial Lake Outburst Floods

A new study finds that real-time monitoring of ground motion could have detected a sudden and catastrophic flood in Bhutan five hours before it destroyed a village.

by Sarah Fecht and Ben Orlove |September 16, 2020
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Columbia Tests Wastewater in Residence Halls for Coronavirus

The university will routinely monitor sewage leaving student dormitories to head off outbreaks of COVID-19.

by Carla Cantor |September 16, 2020