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Columbia Water Center: A Decade of Cutting Edge Research

To mark its anniversary, the Columbia Water Center has released a new report highlighting its achievements over the past decade. Read an excerpt, then download the full report.

by |January 3, 2019
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Building Resiliency in Sierra Leone’s Fishing Communities

Coastal communities in Sierra Leone face threats from climate change, overfishing, and erosion. A new vulnerability assessment helps to pinpoint solutions.

by |October 15, 2018
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This Index Measures Progress and Sustainability Better Than GDP

By accounting for human, social, and natural resources, the Inclusive Wealth Index can help guide sustainable development.

by |October 9, 2018
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Silencing Science Tracker Expanded to Include State and Local Government Actions

Because the federal government isn’t the only one trying to censor, misrepresent, or otherwise stifle science.

by |September 24, 2018
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Project Drives Sustainability Commitments From Guinea’s Bauxite Mining Industry

In response to guidance from Earth Institute researchers, the largest mining companies in Guinea have committed to sharing sustainability best practices.

by |September 11, 2018

New Guides Help Communities Avoid Exploitative Contracts

Earth Institute researchers have helped to develop two guides that inform communities on how to protect their lands and rights against abusive investors.

Map of flood disclosure laws.

State Disclosure Laws Leave Homebuyers in the Dark About Flood Risks

New research reveals that nearly half of U.S. states do not have requirements for sellers to disclose a property’s history of flood damages to a homebuyer.

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
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Pictures Worth a Thousand Words: How Satellite Imagery is Improving Agriculture in Developing Countries

A partnership between two research institutes is helping to promote sustainable land-use practices in African nations.

by |July 18, 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