Water Archives - State of the Planet

Paulina Concha Larrauri standing near a gate

Paulina Concha Larrauri: From Making Detergent to Ensuring Access to Clean Water

At the Columbia Water Center, she has worked to promote equal access to clean water, reduce risks to disadvantaged populations, and protect the environment.

by |September 24, 2020

Fossil Leaves Show High Atmospheric Carbon Spurred Ancient ‘Global Greening’

Scientists studying leaves from a forest that stood during a warm period 23 million years ago have for the first time linked high levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide with increased plant growth, as well with the high temperatures of the time.

by |August 20, 2020
clean water and pebbles on beach

Coronavirus Is Improving Water Quality — For Now, At Least

With less pollution entering the air, our waterways are getting cleaner. Whether or not they stay that way is up to us.

by Marco Tedesco |June 8, 2020
great lakes maps

Do Two Failed Dams Foretell a Dire Future?

What happened in Michigan shines a light on our aging and failing infrastructure. The question remains, will we do something now to fix it?

by Upmanu Lall and Paulina Concha Larrauri |May 27, 2020
tractor in a farm field

Growing Nitrogen Footprint Threatens Our Air, Water and Climate

Industrial farming in the temperate climates has been seen as the main cause of nitrogen pollution, but tropical agriculture emissions are catching up.

by Carla Cantor |March 5, 2020

Three EI Projects Make Top 100 Proposals for MacArthur $100 Million Grant

The three projects are among the top contenders in the 100&Change competition, selected from 755 proposals.

by |February 19, 2020

Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork: 2020 and Beyond

Earth Institute researchers are in the field studying the dynamics of the planet on every continent and every ocean. Here is a list of projects.

by |February 4, 2020

Water Management and Sustainability in New York City

The final Speaker Series talk of the semester detailed how NYC’s Department of Environmental Protection manages the city’s various water resources, ranging from drinking water to wastewater.

by Minji Ko |December 19, 2019
deep well in india and views inside pipes

Study Zeros In on Source of Arsenic in Bengal Basin’s Deep Wells

Typically only shallow wells have arsenic problems, but in an area of India and Bangladesh, deep wells are highly contaminated. Scientists are starting to learn why.

by |November 26, 2019

Trip to the Catskills Teaches Students About NYC’s Water Supply

The visit revealed how collaborative efforts help to ensure the city receives high quality water with low treatment costs, while providing local jobs.

by Charlotte Munson, Stephanie Main and Lauren Ritchie |November 22, 2019