Guest Blogger, Author at State of the Planet

5 Questions: Richard Plunz on Crowdsourcing Urban Design with Twitter

A project from the Urban Design Lab combines mapping techniques with Twitter-usage data to gain a real-time understanding of how people occupy public space.

by |March 19, 2019

Scott Barrett is Not Hopeful About Climate Change, But He is Determined

Focusing on collective action that aligns with human nature, he studies solutions to the greatest problem facing the world today.

by |March 19, 2019
Rescue worker during the aftermath of the Brumadinho dam collapse

Brumadinho Dam Collapse: Outlook and Policy Objectives

An uptick in mining-related tragedies in Brazil points to the need for stronger regulations.

by |March 18, 2019

Tyler Ellis: Becoming a Versatile Researcher

The Sustainability Science program is showing Tyler new ways of working with data and analyzing peer-reviewed research.

by |March 15, 2019

An Explanation of Sustainable Economics

The Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development was pleased to welcome Alexander Quinn, director of sustainable economics at Hatch to its Sustainable Development Speaker Series this spring

by |March 13, 2019
A water reservoir in the Louga region of Northern Senegal.

How Pollution and Greenhouse Gases Affect the Climate in the Sahel

A recent study is the first to show that pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions have directly affected the 20th century evolution of rainfall over a region.

by |March 13, 2019
landfill with tractor on top

The Aftermath of China’s Waste Ban

The initial ban created a worldwide headache for scrap managers. The new version of the ban will surely lead to migraines.

by |March 11, 2019

Marly Isler: From International Sailor to Environmentalist

Before enrolling in the Sustainability Management program, Marly Isler was a member of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Development Team.

by |March 8, 2019
robin bell in front of a whiteboard

On Carbon, Geophysicist Robin Bell Walks the Walk

The world’s leading earth scientist is not allowing collective inaction to absolve her of personal responsibility.

by |March 7, 2019

Learning to Address Sustainability in Corporate Decision-Making

As a corporate consultant, Pol Lezcano saw how critical sustainability was becoming in corporate decision-making. He enrolled in Columbia’s Sustainability Management program to learn how to tackle this issue.

by |March 1, 2019