Features Archive - State of the Planet

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Coronavirus Coverage

The latest news and Earth Institute commentary about the COVID-19 pandemic, how we’re dealing with it, and what we can learn from it.

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Pod of the Planet

Communicating science is tough. And as our understanding of our planet grows, so does the complexity of actions that are needed if we’re going to sustain a livable planet. That’s why we’re introducing Pod of the Planet, a podcast about our changing planet and what we’re doing to manage that change. Like much of science,… read more

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Sustainable Development and Climate Adaptation in Rwanda

With 80 percent of the country’s residents relying on subsistence agriculture, climate change threatens rural livelihoods and national stability. Successful adaptation to climate change can help Rwanda continue to develop sustainably.

Sustain What

This blog explores how to make information and conversations matter on a fast-changing, noisy planet where humanity’s decisions, or indecision, in our lifetimes will leave an imprint on climate and ecosystems for tens of thousands of years to come.

Consilience Considers

Students at Columbia University are future sustainability practitioners, climate activists, earth scientists, and champions of the planet. Coming of age at a time of great upheaval, unprecedented alarm and opportunity, they have plenty to say about the world they are inheriting.

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Sustainable Living

With all the information that’s out there, living your best climate- and eco-conscious life isn’t always as straightforward as it seems. So, folks from around the Earth Institute are here to share their challenges, successes, expertise, and advice on how we can live well with the environment in mind.

Ocean of Extremes

The Southern Ocean is notorious for having some of the strongest winds and largest waves ever seen on the planet. It is also home to a mighty ocean current that plays a major role in regulating global climate and atmospheric CO2. Expedition 383 has set sail to unravel the mysteries of the Southern Ocean’s climate history.

You Asked

Got a burning question about climate change? Feeling curious about conservation? “You Asked” is a series where Earth Institute experts tackle reader questions on science and sustainability. To submit a question, drop a comment below, message us on Instagram, or email us here.

Tracking Climate Change in the Páramos

For more than 10 years, adjunct researcher Daniel Ruiz Carrascal from the International Research Institute for Climate and Society has been studying Colombia’s páramos. This unique mountaintop ecosystem is important in terms of biodiversity and water supply, but is particularly threatened by climate change; the páramos are warming nearly as fast as the Arctic, and… read more

Taking a sample from a moraine boulder for cosmogenic surface exposure dating during the 2011-2012 Antarctic field season near Conrow Glacier, Wright Valley. (Photo: Jen Lamp)

Landscape Evolution in the McMurdo Dry Valleys

From November 2018 to February 2019, our team is studying how rocks alter and erode in one of the most extreme environments on the planet—Antarctica. The project is called Landscape evolution in the McMurdo Dry Valleys: Erosion rates and real-time monitoring of rock breakdown in a hyperarid, subzero environment, and it is funded by the… read more