Earth Institute, Author at State of the Planet

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In Memoriam: Don Melnick

Professor Melnick’s life and work have been a force for advancing science and securing environmental sustainability around the world. He died on April 18th.

by |April 22, 2019
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MESSENGER Data Reveal That Mercury’s Inner Core Is Solid

The new findings offer clues about how the solar system formed and how rocky planets change over time.

by |April 19, 2019

Warm Autumn Winds Could Strain Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf

New research shows that the Larsen C ice shelf—the fourth largest ice shelf in Antarctica—experienced an unusual spike in late summer and early autumn surface melting in the years 2015 to 2017.

by |April 11, 2019
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Mixing Science With Tradition Among Burkina Faso’s Migratory Herders

Anthropologists are working with Fulani community leaders to promote knowledge-sharing between herders and climate scientists.

by |April 5, 2019
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New York City Panel on Climate Change Releases 2019 Report

The report lays out how climate change is already affecting New York City, and what’s needed to adapt for the future.

by |March 15, 2019
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Filmmakers Gather to Preview and Discuss ‘Women, War and Peace II’ Series

The March 12 event, which is open to the public, will focus on four never-before-told stories of women who risked their lives for peace, changing history in the process.

by |March 8, 2019

New Tree Ring Analysis Method May Open Insights to Past Climate

Measurements of stable isotopes in tree rings may expand the climate information that scientists can get from old trees.

by |February 28, 2019
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Using Machine Learning to Eradicate the Tsetse Fly in Sub-Saharan Africa

A Columbia team is pioneering a machine learning-based imaging and sorting solution that would help to drastically reduce Africa’s tsetse population.

by |February 27, 2019
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Data Science Students Team Up With Marine Biologist

The students are using deep learning and neural networks to create an automated system that classifies plankton for large-scale oceanographic studies.

by |February 26, 2019
Rhiana Gunn-Wright

What’s Behind the Green New Deal?

Rhiana Gunn-Wright, who helped advance this bold new effort to curb climate change, breaks down the thinking behind it, as well as its speed, scale and scope.

by |February 12, 2019