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What’s New and Noteworthy in the Latest Congressional Report on Climate Change

In its new report, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis decided to select more solutions — more technologies, more policy options, and more innovation.

by Julio Friedmann |June 30, 2020
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Density, Equity, and the History of Epidemics in New York City

The city’s economic success depends on its density. But density also allows contagious diseases to spread. Looking at how the city has managed this conflict in the past could shed light on what the future holds.

by Richard Plunz and Andrés Álvarez-Dávila |June 30, 2020
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Announcing ‘EI Teach’ for K-12 Educators

The Earth Institute’s inaugural professional development training effort will provide cutting-edge content and tools to prepare K-12 educators to teach climate change in the classroom.

by |June 29, 2020
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New Website Maps and Models the Science of Peace

The Sustaining Peace Project website highlights what we can learn from societies that have lived in harmony for generations.

by Allegra Chen-Carrel |June 29, 2020

Even During Lockdown, California Moves to Decarbonize Trucking

California’s Air Resource Board and governor deserve enormous credit for moving ahead even in the face of the worsening pandemic. It demonstrates leadership, vision and persistence.

by |June 29, 2020

Yakama Nation Fishery Succeeds In Restoring Columbia River Sturgeon

After near extinction due to overfishing, hydroelectric damming, and climate change, the Columbia River white sturgeon has made a comeback thanks to Indigenous-led restoration.

by |June 26, 2020

COVID-19’s Long-Term Effects on Climate Change—For Better or Worse

Changes in carbon emissions, individual behaviors, and government responses will have a big impact on the environment and our ability to combat climate change.

by |June 25, 2020
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Waste in the World of COVID-19

Single-use plastics are having a revival. Some of the changes have been brought on not by necessity, but by the powerful plastics lobby taking advantage of a time of crisis.

by Kelly Rose Nunziata |June 24, 2020

When COVID-19 Quarantines Ancestral Andean Rituals

Virtual Indigenous ceremonies reveal the strong bond between mountain communities and their Inca roots.

by |June 24, 2020
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Alumni Spotlight: Elena Belletti Finds Economic Solutions for Environmental Protection

She’s helping countries improve sustainability while achieving their development goals.

by Joshua Cooper |June 23, 2020