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Climate Service Initiative Begins Work on a New Continent

After a decade of development in Africa, the ENACTS initiative is expanding to Bangladesh this year.

by |June 13, 2019

A Seismologist Present at the Discovery of Plate Tectonics

Lynn Sykes, a pivotal figure in the development of plate tectonics, discusses a new memoir of his career.

by |June 6, 2019

Floods, Infrastructure and Climate Change

Climate change will require that we rebuild our flood control systems in new and creative ways. We will need more research on climate impacts to do this successfully and we will need to moderate the rate of those impacts to ensure that what we build doesn’t quickly become outdated.

by |June 3, 2019

Capturing Carbon’s Potential: These Companies Are Turning CO2 into Profits

Researchers and businesses are finding innovative ways to use carbon dioxide captured from power plants or the air.

by |May 29, 2019

On June 1st, Fish Will Be Filling Our Nets All Around New York City

Join us on Saturday, June 1st to explore one of New York’s most underrated treasures: our productive waterways!

by |May 24, 2019

Earth Institute Director Alex Halliday Honored with Knighthood

Years before Alex Halliday joined Columbia University’s Earth Institute as its director, he was changing the field of geochemistry.

by |May 9, 2019
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Breaking Down the Anti-Vaccine Echo Chamber

The rhetoric around vaccination is generally black and white: vaccines are good or vaccines are bad. But now more than ever, it’s important to find ways to communicate across the divide.

by |May 8, 2019
Flooding in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Even If You Don’t Live in the Midwest, This Spring’s Floods Could Still Impact You

While the flooding may not have inundated your house, you could still feel its effects in the form of more volatile food prices.

by |May 2, 2019

You Asked: What Are the Most Eco-Friendly Garbage Bags?

An Earth Institute staffer gives advice on alternative trash bag options and how reduce your need for trash bags altogether.

by |April 22, 2019
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Zero-Carbon Economy is Within Reach, Says Climate Economist

Nicholas Stern is optimistic that we can create a zero-carbon world economy in the coming decades. What he’s worried about is whether we will, he said in a recent talk.

by |April 19, 2019