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Columbia Tests Wastewater in Residence Halls for Coronavirus

The university will routinely monitor sewage leaving student dormitories to head off outbreaks of COVID-19.

by Carla Cantor |September 16, 2020

Climate Week at the Earth Institute

Next week, September 21-27, is Climate Week in New York City. Join us for a series of online events covering the climate crisis and pointing us towards action.

by |September 16, 2020
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An Interview with Bruce Kahn, an Ecologist Who Became an Investment Banker

The Sustainability Management lecturer shares his views on how consumer demand could and should drive sustainability transformations.

by Sarah Hussain |September 16, 2020
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U.S. Should Launch a National Energy Innovation Mission to Reach Climate Goals

A new report details a plan to kickstart energy innovation in the U.S.

by |September 15, 2020

As Agribusiness Sustainability Initiatives Face Flak, Here’s How They Can Do Better

Despite certification initiatives having the objective of sustainability, sugar plantations from Cameroon to Cambodia continue to ignite controversy and conflict.

by Sam Szoke-Burke |September 14, 2020

Ancient Volcanoes Once Boosted Ocean Carbon, But Humans Are Now Far Outpacing Them

A new study of the closest ancient analog to modern carbon emissions finds that massive volcanism was the main cause of high carbon at the time. But nature did not come close to matching what humans are doing today.

by |September 14, 2020

How We Will Turn It Around: Rebounding From America’s 2020 Nightmare

The pandemic and the western fires are examples of a catastrophic failure by America’s government to protect the public.

by |September 14, 2020
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Journalism Needs More Diverse Voices

Journalism is supposed to be a two-way conversation, but many voices and cultures are not included on either end of the dialogue. It’s time for a reckoning, according to a recent webinar.

by |September 11, 2020
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Summer Program Helps Youths Identify Public Health Concerns in Their Communities

Learn-Try-Apply interns created plans to address problems of nutrition, mental wellness and substance abuse in their own communities.

by Haein Shin and Lolimar Peña |September 11, 2020

New Project Will Create ‘The Internet of Samples’

iSamples will digitalize scientific samples to enable more discoveries and information-sharing.

by |September 10, 2020