Phebe Pierson, Author at State of the Planet

Out on the Farm With SEE-U NYC

This summer, the Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates gave students an in-depth look at the food systems in and around NYC.

by |October 11, 2019

You Asked: Can the Great Green Wall Stop the Sahara From Expanding?

A climate scientist answers readers’ questions about an initiative that would plant a vast wall of trees to combat the effects of climate change.

by |September 18, 2019
Agustina Besada

You Asked: Does Caring About Plastic Distract From Climate Change?

Short answer: Why not both?

by |September 17, 2019
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