Center for Sustainable Development Archives - State of the Planet

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Reflections on COVID-19 and Our Destruction of Nature

The coronavirus pandemic provides mandatory lessons in sustainability.

by Radhika Iyengar |March 31, 2020
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How to Take Action to Protect American Families and Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

School and business closures are necessary to protect our communities, but they will cause economic pain for many.

by Tara Stafford Ocansey |March 17, 2020
A worker disinfects a school in Bojnord, Iran

How Educational Institutions Can Prepare for COVID-19

The first question schools need to address is: How should we be presenting information on the spread of COVID-19 to students and youth?

by Haein Shin and Radhika Iyengar |March 13, 2020

From the Containment Lab to the Developing World

Yanis Ben Amor, executive director of the Center for Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute, uses his background in molecular biology to fight for health care access and education in Africa and South Asia.

by |March 4, 2020

Report Suggests Solutions for Making Coffee More Sustainable

Because of the intertwined crises of poverty and environmental stress, the future is bleak for coffee farmers in many countries — but it doesn’t have to be this way.

by Jeffrey D. Sachs and Kaitlin Cordes |February 14, 2020
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Celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Women scientists play an essential role in the Earth Institute’s mission to understand how the planet works, how humans are changing it, and how to build a sustainable future.

by |February 11, 2020
A women's rally on December 2, 2012 — the 28th anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy.

The Injustice That Education Does to the Environment: A Story From a Survivor

What the world’s worst industrial disaster can teach us about how schools should engage students on environmental issues.

by Radhika Iyengar |December 2, 2019
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Testing Fluoride Levels in Indian Wells

A team of researchers taught social science students to test for high fluoride levels in their own villages, and experimented with creative ways to get the word out about the dangers of fluorosis.

by |September 16, 2019

Fall 2019 Earth Institute Internship Opportunities

A variety of undergraduate, graduate and PhD positions are available in various departments and research centers. Apply by September 11, 2019.

by |August 19, 2019

Education Brings Sectors Together to Address Fluorosis in Alirajpur

A new project from the Center for Sustainable Development and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory will use education interventions to try to curb fluorosis, caused by high fluoride levels in drinking water, in Alirajpur, India.

by |August 12, 2019