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When Is a Sea Wall a Good Idea?

Scientists at Columbia’s Earth Institute are using simulations to test how well different methods protect coastal areas from hurricanes and sea level rise.

by |September 13, 2018
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Rooting Out the Errors in Climate Models To Better Predict Hurricanes

By enhancing climate models, a project will help to improve forecasts of intense hurricanes like Hurricane Florence.

by |September 13, 2018
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Why Hurricane Florence is Unusual and Dangerous

Experts from around the Earth Institute weigh in on some of the biggest questions about Hurricane Florence.

by |September 12, 2018
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Hurricane Florence: Resources for Journalists

Our hurricane and disaster experts are standing by to answer media questions about hurricane physics, emergency response, climate change, and more.

by |September 12, 2018
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End of Colombia Conflict May Bring New Threats to Ecosystems

The end of a 52-year internal conflict could spell trouble for the second most biodiverse country in the world. A new study outlines a sustainable path forward.

by |September 12, 2018
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Project Drives Sustainability Commitments From Guinea’s Bauxite Mining Industry

In response to guidance from Earth Institute researchers, the largest mining companies in Guinea have committed to sharing sustainability best practices.

by |September 11, 2018
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The Difficulties of Restoring Power in Puerto Rico

Putting the lights back on in Puerto Rico was the most challenging mission of his career, says Carlos Torres in a new episode of the Columbia Energy Exchange podcast.

by |September 11, 2018

Student Spotlight: Understanding Science to Support Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation Policy

Elaine R. Angeles is pursuing an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy to bring science and policy-making together in developing countries.

by |September 10, 2018

New Guides Help Communities Avoid Exploitative Contracts

Earth Institute researchers have helped to develop two guides that inform communities on how to protect their lands and rights against abusive investors.

Bringing Environmental Sustainability into Organizational Management

Our research team’s goal is to accelerate the development of more environmentally sensitive methods of organizational management.

by |September 10, 2018