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Highlights from the 2019 Lamont Open House

This year’s Open House attracted more than 3,000 visitors and, just like research at Lamont, covered a vast range of subjects and regions, from under the sea to the surface of the moon.

by |October 8, 2019
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You Asked: Do Artificial and Enhanced Wetlands Work?

A paleoecologist explains why it’s actually a bad idea to “drain the swamp.”

by |October 4, 2019

Announcing a New Earth Institute Affiliation Program

Are you a Columbia faculty, researcher or staff person with work related to sustainability, climate or earth and environmental science? We invite you to join the Earth Institute community by becoming an Affiliate.

by |October 3, 2019
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Hurricane Sandy May Have Worsened Gentrification in Brooklyn and Queens

A study finds evidence for land speculation in Coney Island and the Rockaways, in some of the neighborhoods hardest-hit by the storm.

by |October 3, 2019
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You Asked: How Does Climate Change Help to Spread Diseases?

An Earth Institute expert explains why climate change is great for mosquitoes (but bad for people), and why we shouldn’t really worry about prehistoric germs coming back to life.

by |September 24, 2019
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You Asked: How Much Does the U.S. Subsidize Renewable Energy Versus Fossil Fuels?

The answer might seem cut and dried, but it’s not as simple as you might think.

by |September 23, 2019
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Building Resilience in Vieques, Puerto Rico

In the two years since Hurricane Maria, the Urban Design Lab has been working with the small island community to design resilient homes, community centers, and sustainable infrastructure.

by |September 20, 2019

Economists Are Downplaying Many Major Climate Risks, Says Report

Researchers warn that world leaders are being misled by economic assessments of future climate-change impacts.

by |September 20, 2019

You Asked: How Can Students Make a Difference on Climate Change?

Two students weigh in on how they’re taking action and why it matters.

by |September 20, 2019
A new statistical method inspired by economics is helping scientists identify old volcanic eruptions through temperature changes. Photo: Volcano in Papua New Guinea, by Taro Taylor/CC-BY-2.0

You Asked: What Caused Climate Change Before the Industrial Revolution?

A paleoclimatologist walks us through some of the natural causes of climate change — and why it’s important to take action on human-caused warming.

by |September 19, 2019