Features Archive - State of the Planet

Regional Environmental Sustainability on Public Lands

Columbia’s Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Master’s Program partners with the Earth Institute to host an annual clinic focused on Regional Environmental Sustainability and environmental peacebuilding. The clinic format encourages graduate students to engage with stakeholders and policy makers to assess how environmental management and peacebuilding can be used to promote social and environmental sustainability.


GlacierHub offers stories and images that show the relevance of the world’s high icy places for all of humanity.


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

A podcast about our changing planet and what the Earth Institute is doing to manage that change.

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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.