ei impacts Archives - State of the Planet

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
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13 Proposals to Boost Resilience in Vieques, Puerto Rico

Working closely with Vieques residents, graduate students designed solutions to help the tiny island recover after Hurricane Maria and weather future storms. Their proposals are published in a new report.

by |December 6, 2019
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GRID3 Project Aims to Put Everyone on the Map

Detailed population data from the project is helping to protect against disease and plan for new schools in low- and middle-income countries. It may also enhance food security and disaster response.

by |December 4, 2019

How Columbia’s Electrochemical Energy Center is Working to Decarbonize Society

The center focuses on developing better batteries as well as other energy storage options, which are key to a future fueled by renewable energy.

by |November 7, 2019
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Journalists and Geochemists Team Up to Test for Lead in Newark’s Water

With help from local tv station Univision 41, Earth Institute scientists tested how well Newark’s lead filters are working. The results support new findings from city officials.

by |September 25, 2019
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Ten Years of Collaborating on Climate and Food Security

An event this week will celebrate a partnership that has helped to make farmers and food systems more climate-resilient, and will discuss what comes next.

by |September 24, 2019
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Building Resilience in Vieques, Puerto Rico

In the two years since Hurricane Maria, the Urban Design Lab has been working with the small island community to design resilient homes, community centers, and sustainable infrastructure.

by |September 20, 2019