Center for Sustainable Development Archives - State of the Planet

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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
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Merging Environment and Education Is Crucial for Sustainable Development

Over the past few years, Columbia University’s Center for Sustainable Development has been tackling sustainability issues through meaningful education on the environment.

by |July 31, 2019
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Using Machine Learning to Eradicate the Tsetse Fly in Sub-Saharan Africa

A Columbia team is pioneering a machine learning-based imaging and sorting solution that would help to drastically reduce Africa’s tsetse population.

by |February 27, 2019

Spring 2019 Earth Institute Internship Opportunities

A variety of undergraduate, graduate and PhD positions are available in various departments and research centers. Apply by January 31, 2019.

by |December 4, 2018

6 Ways America Can Get Back on Track with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

And why our lives depend on it; an excerpt from professor Jeffrey Sachs’ new book, A New Foreign Policy.

by |September 21, 2018

Reading Program Improves Child Literacy Rates in Indian District

After initial success, a pilot program from Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Development is scaling up to reach 2,000 more children in 70 schools.

by |August 21, 2018

Fall 2018 Earth Institute Internship Opportunities

A variety of undergraduate, graduate and PhD positions are available in various departments and research centers. Apply by September 16, 2018.

by |August 13, 2018
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Basket Weaving Program Teaches Business Skills to Rwandan Women

A vocational training program through the Center for Sustainable Development is empowering women to become entrepreneurs and pursue higher education.

by |July 13, 2018