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Professing in a Pandemic

The COVID-19 lockdown taught a writing professor and her students that it is important to be flexible, to listen, and to use whatever a situation brings to you.

by Claudia Dreifus |May 21, 2020
Dale Willman, who will lead the new Earth Institute Resilience Media Project, here runs a discussion of resilience journalism

Earth Institute Announces Resilience Media Project

The project will boost newsroom capacity to go beyond reporting on disasters after they strike, to envision preventative and adaptive solutions.

by |May 11, 2020
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How Mangos Got Me Hooked on Climate Change

A student writes about how a moment of enlightenment changed her career path.

by Juliana Vélez Duque |May 1, 2020
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EI LIVE K12: RSVP for Our Upcoming May Sessions

Learn how to design your own microbe, decode Python script, and much more in these live sessions taught by Earth Institute experts.

by |April 28, 2020

The Climate Consequences of Rolling Back Energy Efficiency

If allowed to stand, the rollbacks will result in enormous and needless increases in greenhouse gas emissions — and higher electric bills.

by Hillary Aidun and Malia Libby |April 23, 2020
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Beautiful Planet: Earth Institute Photos From Around the Globe

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. To celebrate, we’re sharing images of places and projects around the world that highlight our planet’s incredible beauty.

by |April 20, 2020

Kevin Uno: Examining How Early Humans Responded to Climate Change

Kevin Uno, a Center for Climate and Life Fellow, studies how abrupt changes in climate affected Neolithic human settlement, diet, and abandonment in northwest Africa.

by |April 9, 2020

Pod of the Planet Ep.4: Drawing Circles Around Economies

Herman E. Daly examines possible paths to less fragile global systems with Kate Raworth, whose “doughnut economics” model aims to build economic policies and metrics that put thriving ahead of growing.

by |April 3, 2020
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After the Pandemic: Designing a Just and Resilient Economy For All

In a recent online discussion, economists emphasized the need to establish a new system that factors in sustainability and well-being.

by |April 3, 2020
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Earth Institute Goes Live in Video Series for K12 Students and Educators

Through ‘EI Live,’ experts from across the Earth Institute will share their work through live lectures, interactive activities, and demos. The series launches April 6.

by |March 30, 2020