Phebe Pierson, Author at State of the Planet

Solar panels on a rooftop in NYC

You Asked: What Are My Clean Energy Options in New York?

Because most NYC apartments don’t have the space for a solar panel array.

by |September 16, 2019

You Asked: How Destructive Are the Amazon Rainforest Fires? Can They Be Stopped?

An Earth Institute adjunct tackles reader questions about the record-breaking fires in Brazil.

by |August 26, 2019

Why You Should Shop at the Farmers Market

In honor of National Farmers Market Week, a staffer who used to work at the market tells us why farmers markets are valuable community resources.

by |August 9, 2019

‘Offsetted’ Art Exhibit Explores Humanity’s Relationship to Trees

A show on campus investigates how trees have been used as pawns in human schemes in and around New York City.

by |May 3, 2019

You Asked About River Salinity and Water Pollution

A Columbia Water Center staffer answers questions about salinization and water pollution.

by |May 3, 2019

You Asked: Do Plastic Bag Bans Work in Developing Nations?

An environmental lawyer tells us about the impact of anti-plastic bag legislation across the world.

by |April 30, 2019

You Asked: How Can I Find Out the Carbon Footprints of Different Foods?

We look at research from the Earth Institute and beyond to answer questions about the impacts of beef, soy, and more.

by |April 24, 2019

You Asked: What Determines the Oxygen and CO2 Levels in Our Atmosphere?

An Earth Institute climate researcher breaks down why our atmosphere is the way it is, how it’s changed over time, and what the future may hold.

by |April 22, 2019

You Asked: What Are the Most Eco-Friendly Garbage Bags?

An Earth Institute staffer gives advice on alternative trash bag options and how reduce your need for trash bags altogether.

by |April 22, 2019

You Asked: Why Do We Know More About the Moon Than Our Own Oceans?

An Earth Institute oceanographer answers this deep question from a reader as part of our Earth Month Q&A on Instagram.

by |April 19, 2019