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Contest Highlights Stunning Photos of Nature and Fieldwork

The contest, hosted Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology celebrates the beauty of their work.

by |February 15, 2019

Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork: 2019 and Beyond

On every continent and every ocean, Earth Institute researchers are studying climate, geology, natural hazards and other dynamics of the planet. Here is a list of projects in rough chronological order for the coming year and beyond.

by |January 24, 2019
Map of Colombia’s mining operations

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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What Are the Biggest Threats to the Endangered Species Act?

The changes currently proposed by Congress and the Trump administration are dangerous for biodiversity. Here’s what you need to know.

by |July 31, 2018
white arctic fox in brown leaves

What Helps Animals Adapt (or Not) to Climate Change?

As our climate changes, some animals seem to be able to adapt while others cannot. What makes adaptation possible? Can humans help it along?

by |March 30, 2018

Photo Essay: The Re-Greening of Puerto Rico

Researchers survey the damage to Puerto Rico’s forests in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

by |March 22, 2018
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What is Biodiversity and How Does Climate Change Affect It?

In general, the more species that live in an area, the healthier that ecosystem is—and the better off we humans are.

by |January 15, 2018

American Geophysical Union 2017: Key Events From the Earth Institute

A chronological guide to key talks and other events presented by Columbia University’s Earth Institute at the American Geophysical Union 2017 meeting. 

by |December 4, 2017

Photo Essay: When People Must Make Way for Nature

The forested Kanha Tiger Reserve, in the highlands of central India, is home to an abundance of rare wildlife. It also used to be home to thousands of people—that is, until they were moved out by the government to make way for endangered creatures.

by |July 17, 2017

Forest-Friendly Development Can Bolster Peace in Colombia, Paper Says

As Colombia rebuilds following last year’s historic peace deal with Marxist FARC rebels, it has an opening to advance sustainable land development, a new study contends.

by |March 16, 2017