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New Tools Track Action on Climate Laws in New York State and NYC

The trackers will help to hold officials accountable for meeting important climate deadlines.

by |August 24, 2020
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New Guidance for Communicating With Kids About COVID-19

A new resource provides talking points for parents, medical professions, and others who work with kids to help reinforce healthy behaviors.

by |August 19, 2020
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New Online Tool Tracks Energy Investments During Economic Recovery

Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy has launched a website to track how pandemic recovery packages are shaping the future of energy and climate.

by |July 28, 2020

Lamont-Doherty Program Aims to Bring More Diversity to Earth Science

The Secondary School Field Research Program offers a diverse group of young people a unique opportunity to do field and laboratory research.

by |July 22, 2020

App Will Track Harmful Dust From Bauxite Mining in Guinea

Researchers at Columbia are developing an app that Guinean communities can use to hold mining companies accountable for controlling the dust they produce, which can harm health and livelihoods.

by Jeffrey Fralick |July 17, 2020

Coming Soon? A Brief Guide to 21st-Century Megadisasters

A Q&A with Jeffrey Schlegelmilch, author of a new book on potential future calamities, and how they may play off one another.

by |July 14, 2020

New Website Will Help Steer the U.S. Away From Fossil Fuels

The ‘Model Laws for Deep Decarbonization’ website provides legal examples that can be customized in order to achieve deep reductions in fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions.

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ACToday Columbia World Project Enabling Insurance to Reach a Million Farmers in Ethiopia

Affordable insurance against droughts and other climate risks will help to improve food security and protect smallholder farmers.

by |April 7, 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

Empowering the Communities Most Vulnerable to Disaster

Jaishree Beedasy delves into how disasters disproportionately affect the most vulnerable groups in society, particularly children, and how to help them recover.

by |December 23, 2019