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The Melting of the Greenland Ice, Seen Up Very Close

A small team of scientists ventures out onto the Greenland ice sheet to study the forces large and small that are accelerating the melting of the world’s second-largest ice mass.

by |October 1, 2018
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Bring Your Soil For Lead Testing at Open House

To find out if this harmful metal is lingering in your backyard or local park, and to learn how to protect your family, bring a few scoops of soil to the Lamont-Doherty Open House on October 13.

by |September 28, 2018
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Interactive Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Climate Change and Its Impacts

In celebration of Climate Week NYC, here are 10 sample questions from our Climate Challenge game on Kahoot!

by |September 27, 2018
Map of Colombia’s mining operations

End of Colombia Conflict May Bring New Threats to Ecosystems

The end of a 52-year internal conflict could spell trouble for the second most biodiverse country in the world. A new study outlines a sustainable path forward.

by |September 12, 2018
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What Does it Take to Build Sustainable Peace?

A multi-part video series explains how the Sustaining Peace Project is helping to understand and cultivate long-lasting peace.

by |September 4, 2018
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Where Will Future Migrants Come From?

A project that anticipates how people will move in response to environmental changes could help to bolster social and humanitarian support for countries in crisis.

by |August 21, 2018
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Every (Fifth) Breath We Take: Friends of Phytoplankton and Why They Matter

Tiny microbes called phytoplankton live beneath the ocean’s surface, producing oxygen that is essential to human survival. A new study sheds light on how these all-important diatoms survive and thrive under difficult conditions.

by |August 16, 2018

Greener Ways to Keep Cool During a Heat Wave

The world is warming and our air conditioners are making it worse. Here are some less energy-intensive ways to survive the rising heat.

by |August 3, 2018
Alex Halliday, director of the Earth Institute

New Earth Institute Director Alex Halliday’s Vision Reaches Across Columbia and the World

The pioneering geochemist tells us his first impressions and why he’s so excited to be here.

by |July 24, 2018

Fighting Ticks With a Few Taps of the Phone

A new smartphone app offers hope of stemming the spread of diseases like Lyme, and providing some peace of mind in the process.

by |July 9, 2018