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Scientists Work to Build Climate Change Resilience in Caribbean Coral Reef

A team from Columbia’s Earth Institute is helping to research and design adaptation strategies to help save the world’s second largest barrier reef.

by |January 8, 2019
Heather's hands hold two cylindrical pieces of rock that have been cut on a diagonal to match up like puzzle pieces.

Tools of the Trade: A Machine That Squeezes Rocks to Mimic Earthquakes

Inside the Rock and Ice Mechanics Lab, Heather Savage and her team investigate the physics of earthquakes and fault lines.

by |January 4, 2019
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Columbia Water Center: A Decade of Cutting Edge Research

To mark its anniversary, the Columbia Water Center has released a new report highlighting its achievements over the past decade. Read an excerpt, then download the full report.

by |January 3, 2019
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Social Psychologist Studies the Ins and Outs of Navigating Conflict

This holiday season may bring some especially difficult conversations if politics come up. Peter T. Coleman, director of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, offers advice.

by |December 24, 2018
arsenic testing

Arsenic Contamination is Common in Punjabi Wells, Study Finds

But there’s a pretty simple solution that could protect a lot of people.

by |December 12, 2018
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Elliott Sclar Named One of 2018’s ‘Responsible 100’

The award from City and State NY recognizes socially responsible executives, thought leaders, visionaries and influencers.

by |November 20, 2018
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9 Awesome Exhibits from the 2018 Lamont Open House

This annual celebration consists of talks by Lamont’s world-renowned experts as well as dozens of hands-on activities and experiments for kids to learn about how our planet works.

by |October 18, 2018

Researchers Say an 1800s Global Famine Could Happen Again

The Global Famine was one of the worst humanitarian disasters in history, killing as many people as World War II. A new analysis suggests it could happen again, only worse because of climate change.

by |October 12, 2018
Aerial photo of forest destruction from illegal gold mining

Rainforest-Friendly Livelihoods Can Be More Lucrative Than Gold Mining

In the Peruvian Amazon, more sustainable occupations like fish farming and Brazil nut harvesting can pay off in more ways than one, according to a new study.

by |October 3, 2018
maps of jamaica bay marshes

Urbanization is Cutting Off Life Support to NYC’s Wetlands

New study reveals surprising facts behind a shrinking wetland, and suggests remedies.

by |September 24, 2018