Sarah Fecht, Author at State of the Planet

Sarah Fecht is the content manager at State of the Planet. She has previously worked as a freelance science journalist and an editor at Popular Science.

Recent Posts

river in johnstown

Columbia Students and Locals Team Up to Build Resilience in Johnstown, PA

Workshop shows how climate adaptation could be linked with economic revitalization in the nation’s so-called “Rust Belt.”

by |November 12, 2019
map of future flood levels in nyc

Should New York Build a Storm Surge Barrier?

A recent event at Columbia University debated the pros and cons.

by |October 24, 2019
map of peat samples

Northern Peatlands Contain Twice as Much Carbon as Previously Thought

New findings double potential emissions from these areas, with big implications for climate modeling.

by |October 21, 2019
univision sample collection

Journalists and Geochemists Team Up to Test for Lead in Newark’s Water

With help from local tv station Univision 41, Earth Institute scientists tested how well Newark’s lead filters are working. The results support new findings from city officials.

by |September 25, 2019
flooded backyard

How Climate Change Impacts Our Water

Climate change disrupts the water cycle in ways that could profoundly alter how we live our lives.

by |September 23, 2019
red berries

New Book Highlights Threatened Plants of the Tropical Andes

It includes species that live nowhere else on Earth, and emphasizes the need to protect these unique mountain forests.

by |July 19, 2019
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Rescuing 50 Years of Apollo Sample Data

The Apollo missions brought back unique samples from the moon that have been analyzed by researchers around the world. This data is getting lost and forgotten. A new database collects it and makes it easy to find and use.

by |July 18, 2019
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Conference Raises Tough Questions About Retreat from Rising Seas

Hundreds of experts gathered on campus to discuss possibilities for protecting coastal communities and withdrawing when we can no longer safely inhabit our coastlines.

by |July 17, 2019

By Cutting Ozone Pollution Now, China Could Save 330,000 Lives by 2050

Climate change could worsen China’s already bad ozone pollution problem — but a new study shows that it doesn’t have to be that way.

by |July 16, 2019
talk at correlated extremes workshop

Preparing For When Climate Change Throws a One-Two Punch

The impacts of climate change don’t always come one at a time. A recent workshop focused on what’s needed to predict and adapt when multiple climate-related disasters happen simultaneously.

by |June 12, 2019